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Making sure Vermonters get help in an emergency

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BURLINGTON, Vt. -

During Tropical Storm Irene there was a new way to help find people who need extra help escaping during an emergency. It's called CARE and it stands for Citizens Assistance Registry for Emergencies.

Here's how it works: If there is a power outage or other disaster, people at 911 can outline impacted areas and know even before dispatching crews to an emergency what type of disability someone has and if they have any special transportation needs or health concerns. The goal is to save valuable time during a crisis.

The program has been a pilot in Lamoille County for the last few years and now there is a push to bring it statewide. Roger Marcoux is the sheriff in Lamoille County and Dawn Archbold is the executive director of the Lamoille County United Way. They both appeared on The :30 to tell us more.

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