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September was National Preparedness Month – the time designated by the Federal Emergency Management Association (FEMA) to plan for safety in emergencies such as floods, hurricanes, tornadoes, and wildfires. In the Commonwealth, it is essential to include winter preparedness in emergency planning.

Now that the snow from winter 2015 has finally melted, it is time to start organizing for the upcoming winter season. Fortunately, by ordering from Statewide Contracts, your agency or organization can have the goods and services necessary to weather the storm. To protect from the icy temperatures of winter, it is vital to have proper HVAC system supplies (FAC76), heating oil (ENE34), and portable generators (FAC76). Keep your vehicles stocked with necessities like blankets (CLT07), snow shovels (FAC76), and ice scrapers (FAC76). To recover from snowstorms, be sure to order snow removal supplies and equipment, such as road salt (VEH95), de-icing chemicals (FAC76), and snow blowers (FAC88), or use snow removal services (FAC77). During other weather-related emergencies, there are a number of essential items to have available, including public safety equipment and supplies (FIR04), batteries (FAC76), and bottled water (GRO34). Services such as tree removal (FAC77) and IT disaster recovery (ITT46) also may be imperative during an emergency.

For everything emergency-related on Statewide Contract, check out the Emergency Response Reference Guide on the Strategic Sourcing Services page, under the Emergency Contact Information pane. 

To review the conversation from National Preparedness Month, follow @Readygov and @PrepareAthon on Twitter, and check out the hashtag #NatlPrep. FEMA’s business page boasts several workplace resources, Massachusetts Alerts Logosuch as risk- and needs-assessment tools. Similarly, the Small Business Administration has aggregated a list of resources, including tips and checklists for each type of weather-related emergency. Also, check out the website, Facebook, Twitter, and Youtube pages of the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) to learn how to plan better with the Ready Massachusetts emergency preparedness initiative. Finally, download the MEMA-developed app called Massachusetts Alerts, which will send emergency alerts, as well as information about public safety incidents and disasters, to your smartphone.

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