Newly formed disaster strike team to survey area residents Saturday

The newly formed Disaster Epidemiology Strike Team, founded by Ledge Light Health District and the Medical Reserve Corps, will have its first training and exercise Saturday that will include going door-to-door in neighborhoods throughout Southeastern Connecticut to survey residents about their emergency preparedness plans.

“In the event of a disaster, the Epi-Strike Team would be dispatched to the affected area to find out the immediate needs of residents and act as a liaison between residents and their town emergency management officials,” Russell Melmed, Ledge Light epidemiologist and Epi-Strike Team coordinator, said in a news release. “This exercise is a great way for the strike team to practice surveying residents and will hopefully give us some helpful insight into how prepared our population is for an emergency.”

Towns where the surveys will take place will include East Lyme, Groton, Ledyard, New London, Old Lyme and Waterford.

Melmed said the survey should take about five minutes and will include questions about emergency supplies, household evacuation plans and communication methods during an emergency. Residents who agree to answer the survey questions will be given a $5 gift card to Dunkin Donuts.

For information, contact Melmed at (860) 448-4882 extension 311 or at: rmelmed@llhd.org.


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