Every town in Massachusetts is required under Federal SARA Title III law to have a local emergency planning committee to address procedures to deal with hazardous materials (“hazmat”) emergencies, meet right-to-know requirements, and encourage community awareness. In 2000, under the leadership and administrative support of the FRCOG, all 26 Franklin County towns opted into a regional emergency planning committee and elected an “all hazards” approach to emergency planning. This approach addresses planning for hazmat emergencies as well as other natural, technological, and man-made events that call for a similar inter-town, inter-disciplinary response.

Since that time, the Committee has come to develop and maintain a regional Hazardous Materials Emergency Plan (HMEP), which is a planning and guidance document that provides resources and recommendations for the development of individual community response plans. The Committee provides trainings and exercises to emergency responders and local community leaders throughout Franklin County to meet local and state training requirements. The Committee is recognized by the State Emergency Response Commission (SERC) as a fully-certified regional emergency planning committee. To submit your Tier II hazardous materials report, please submit it in “Tier 2 Submit” format via email to repc@frcog.org.

January 3, 2017 Meeting Recap
The REPC members in attendance voted to form a working group with the charter to revise the Franklin County Multiple Casualty Incident Plan. The group will be made up from two people from REPC, three from Franklin County Fire Chief’s Association, three from Franklin County EMS Association and one from Shelburne Control.
The REPC members voted to approve the fiscal year 2018 budget. There is an overall budget increase of $2,000.00 from the FY17 budget. The increase will come from increasing the Tier II filing fees from $150.00 to $200.00.

The meeting dates for the remainder of 2017 will be April 5, July 11, and October 3. All meetings will be held in the training room at the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office located at 160 Elm Street, Greenfield. The meetings will begin at 4:00 p.m. and are scheduled for one hour.

Franklin County Multi-Agency Coordination Center Update

Through the Western Region Homeland Security Advisory Council, the Franklin County REPC is in the process of establishing a regional approach to managing large emergencies and disasters in Franklin County by utilizing a multi-agency coordination center (MACC).

Over the last several years, significant emergencies affecting western Massachusetts communities have demonstrated the need for increased coordination, the sharing of scare resources, and a regional approach to emergency management. Incidents such as Tropical Storm Irene and the 2011 October snowstorm brought witness to the number of challenges that can arise when large-scale disasters overwhelm the ability to rapidly establish a common operating picture by fully consuming local resources and staff in order to address immediate response needs. As a result of these types of events, a variety of after action reports produced post-disaster identified the need to establish and improve upon regional planning and response capabilities within the region.

Franklin County Multi-Agency Coordination Center Information

Franklin County MACC Introduction
Concept of Operations – DRAFT
Standard Operating Guidelines for MACC Command and General Staff

Re-Certification as a Regional Emergency Planning Committee
The REPC is now officially certified as a regional emergency planning committee through 2020! Federal law requires every town in America to have a local emergency planning committee that conducts hazardous materials response planning and exercises. Since 2000, Franklin County’s towns have been meeting this requirement on a regional basis through the Franklin County Regional Emergency Planning Committee (REPC), housed at the Franklin Regional Council of Governments. Every five years, a local or regional committee must apply to the State Emergency Response Commission (SERC) for certification as a valid emergency planning committee.

About the REPC
The full REPC, consisting of representatives from fire, law enforcement, education, media, public health, public works, emergency management, emergency response coordinators, selectmen, conservation commissions, emergency medical services, healthcare, industry, and transportation holds meetings quarterly. Its Planning/Training Subcommittee and Steering Committee meet on an as needed basis.

REPC Operating Principles 2017
Resources for Emergency Management Directors
Disasters and Town Management Training Series (for elected officials and town administrators)

Meeting Minutes
DRAFT REPC Minutes January 3, 2017
REPC Minutes October 2016
July 12, 2016
April 19, 2016
October 6, 2015
July 7, 2015
Eversource Presentation April 7, 2015
April 7, 2015
Planning/Training Subcommittee March 5, 2015
January 6, 2015

For older minutes, please contact Dan Nietsche.
Meeting agendas are posted on the Meetings & Events calendar on the date of the meeting.