James Vuona, Fire Chief
11 Church Road
Shrewsbury, MA 01545
For Immediate Release
Friday, Sept. 6, 2019
Media Contact: Jordan Mayblum
Email: [email protected]
Shrewsbury Fire Department Awarded Grant to Enhance Emergency Sheltering Services
SHREWSBURY — Fire Chief James Vuona and Emergency Management Director Seth Colby are pleased to announce that the Town of Shrewsbury has been awarded a $9,999 Emergency Management Performance Grant (EMPG) to strengthen the community’s emergency readiness.
Distributed by the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA), the grant will fund enhancements to emergency sheltering services for all Shrewsbury residents, especially those who may require additional assistance.
As a result of a Threat Hazard Identification and Risk Assessment (THIRA), Shrewsbury identified the need for increased preparedness and logistical support for emergency sheltering operations. The assessment identified gaps in emergency sheltering capabilities for individuals requiring additional assistance, such as those with mobility, cognitive or sensory challenges.
The grant funds will be used to obtain vital emergency sheltering equipment and a mobile trailer unit to allow for rapid deployment and logistical support in the event emergency sheltering services are needed.
Funds will also be used to obtain equipment and supplies that will improve emergency shelters for individuals requiring additional assistance including: cots to accommodate all demographics, patient lift assist equipment, wheelchairs, privacy screens and medical equipment. New and existing emergency sheltering locations will also undergo a review of their suitability to ensure compliance with the standards outlined within the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
“We are thankful to have been awarded this grant as it will allow us to provide improved sheltering equipment to those in need during an emergency,” Chief Vuona said. “The funding will have a significant impact on our operational readiness and will help us address the needs of the community that were identified by the risk assessment.”
About the Emergency Management Performance Grant (EMPG)
The EMPG provides funds to assist local and tribal governments with emergency management departments in preparing for all hazards and to obtain the resources required to support FEMA’s National Preparedness Goal’s Mission Areas and Core Capabilities. Funds may be used to support local and/or regional emergency management activities in the following cost categories: Planning, Organizational, Equipment, Training, and Exercises.