Sunday, January 8, 2012

TIPS Disaster Preparedness Public Service Project in New Orleans


Disasters can strike at any time and it is important to be prepared in advance.  One way to be prepared in advance is to use a checklist to organize important papers and information and to prepare a "go bag" of essential items necessary to survive a disaster.  There are lots of examples of checklists at the websites of the organizations listed on this Blog Page at the bottom left. 

As part of the American Bar Association's Tort, Trial & Insurance Practice Section's Disaster Initiative activities at the ABA Mid-year Meeting in New Orleans, TIPS is presenting a series of programs focusing on Disasters Caused by Acts of Negligence on February 3, 2012 from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.  Additionally, a Community Service Project will be held on February 4, 2012, at Bonart Playground in the Ninth Ward where a Dog Vaccination Clinic will take place from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.  The Clinic will offer free microchips, low cost vaccinations, free spay/neuter vouchers, and the opportunity for attendees to speak with trainers who will be on-site.  The Dog Vaccination Clinic is sponsored by the TIPS Animal Law Committee and co-sponsored by the TIPS Public Service Committee, Best Friends Animal Society and the Sula Foundation.
 As part of the TIPS Disaster Initiative, a folder with a Disaster Preparedness Checklist for families and pet owners will be distributed at the Dog Vaccination Clinic.  The folder will include a Flash Drive for families and pet owners to use to save the important documents described on the checklist in the event of a disaster.  the Flash Drive has been generously donated by TIPS Sponsor UnitedLex.

It is too late to prepare for a disaster after it strikes, you need to be prepared ahead of time. Like the earthquake kits in California, TIPS hopes the disaster preparedness checklists and Flash Drive will be helpful to the families and pet owners of the Ninth Ward. We encourage those TIPS members attending the ABA's Mid-year Meeting in New Orleans to signup as a volunteer and visit the Ninth Ward on Saturday, February 4th.  Transportation will be provided.  As a volunteer you have a choice of two hour time slots starting at 11:00 a.m.  Sign up at the TIPS registration desk at the Mid-year Meeting. You are also encouraged to attend the CLE programs on Friday, February 3rd.

For more information about TIPS' Disaster Initiative, click here. For more information about this TIPS Public Service Project, click here.

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