As National Preparedness Month winds down it’s a good idea to review all your documentation on property and insurance.
The FRCOG Planning Department received $155,000 from the MassDEP’s 319 Nonpoint Source Pollution Competitive Grant Program, one of only nine awards made for stormwater projects across the state, for a project to improve the resiliency of the Deerfield River Watershed. FRCOG’s project will look at innovative ways to map and protect river corridors in the Deerfield River Watershed, which experienced major flooding and erosion during Tropical Storm Irene. Although the Deerfield River and many of its tributaries are healthy in terms of their high water quality, these same rivers are very unstable in their response to intense rain events. This instability results in erosion and flooding, which threatens infrastructure, homes, businesses and agricultural lands. The rivers are highly reactive to intense rain events for a number of reasons, one of which is the disconnection of the rivers from their floodplains, which provide a “safety valve” during flood events. FRCOG’s project will develop cost-effective river corridor mapping protocols, work with several towns to adapt a model River Corridor Protection Overlay District developed by FRCOG under a FEMA-funded project for the South River Watershed, and develop a model River Corridor Conservation Restriction. For more information, contact Kimberly Noake MacPhee, P.G., Land Use & Natural Resources Program Manager at 413-774-3167 x130 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The three Emerging Infectious Disease webinars put forth by the DelValle Institute for Emergency Preparedness have been archived on their webpage and are available for viewing. Stakeholders who were not able to access these webinars live can now view them at their own pace, prior to the live capstone event offered in Holyoke on September 30th.
On September 8, 2016 the Federal Register posted the final rule Emergency Preparedness Requirements for Medicare and Medicaid Participating Providers and Suppliers. The regulation goes into effect on November 16, 2016. Health care providers and suppliers affected by this rule must comply and implement all regulations one year after the effective date, on November 16, 2017.
Facilities Impacted by the Emergency Preparedness Rule include: hospitals; ambulatory surgical centers; hospices; long-term care facilities; home health agencies; rural health clinics and federal qualified health centers; dialysis facilities. While all the above providers are impacted, requirements may differ between types. The full rules can be found online at: https://www.cms.gov/Medicare/Provider-Enrollment-and-Certification/SurveyCertEmergPrep/Core-EP-Rule-Elements.html
The Cooperative Public Health Service health district is pleased to offer three opportunities this fall for residents and businesses to improve their food safety skills and build their resumes. On October 7, the evenings of November 3,7, and 9, and during the day on January 27, CPHS Food Safety Agent Randy Crochier will teach a low-cost ServSafe, Allergen, and Chokesaver certification for people living or working in food service establishments in CPHS health district towns: Buckland, Charlemont, Conway, Deerfield, Gill, Hawley, Heath, Leyden, Monroe, Rowe and Shelburne. Residents of other towns will be accommodated as space allows.
CPHS Member Boards of Health are offering these workshops to both improve food safety in their towns and build employment skills for local residents. These certifications are made possible through the support of the FDA’s Voluntary National Retail Food Regulatory Standards Program, which has awarded the health district a five year food safety grant.
Information about how to register can be found here: