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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
The meeting dates for 2018 will be April 3rd, July 10th, and October 2nd. All meetings will be held in the training room at the John Olver Transit Building at 12 Olive 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 scarce 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
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. It’s Planning/Training Subcommittee and Steering Committee meet on an as-needed basis.