If you need emergency assistance from the Medical Reserve Corps, Community Emergency Response Team, or Disaster Animal Response Team, please call Robert Quinn-O’Connor at 413-774-3167 x137.
The Mohawk Area Public Health Coalition (MAPHCO) is the regional coalition for public health emergency preparedness and serves 24 Franklin County and 2 Hampshire County towns. Funded by a grant from the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, the Coalition plans and exercises its plans for responding to public health emergencies, such as an outbreak of the pandemic flu or other infectious diseases or a bio-terrorism attempt such as release of anthrax. The Coalition is divided into eight regional emergency dispensing sites—locations where vaccinations or other medication can be distributed in an emergency. Each dispensing site must conduct quarterly call-down drills, annual site notification drills, and annual facility set up drills to ensure its people and its facility are ready to respond if an emergency arises.
The full Coalition, consisting of one representative from each member town, meets annually in April. Its Steering Committee, a 5-12 member subset of the full Coalition, meets monthly to advise FRCOG staff on policy and to work collaboratively to enhance public health preparedness in the region.
The FRCOG is the sponsoring agency of a new 94-town Region 1 Western Massachusetts Health and Medical Coordinating Coalition (HMCC). The HMCC will coordinate public health and medical emergency preparedness in Region 1 (Berkshire, Franklin, Hampden, and Hampshire Counties). Click here for Region 1 Health and Medical Coordinating Coalition page
We’ve concluded a successful and well-attended seminar series that taught useful emergency response and recovery skills for public messaging, disaster aid, and managing volunteers. Full course descriptions may be found here.
Teams of officials from Franklin County towns, including fire chiefs, emergency management directors, and members of boards of selectmen and heath, tested their planning at a tabletop exercise involving a tornado-based scenario. Stay tuned for the After-Action Report!
If you did not attend, or need to collect more information, please click here to download PDFs of the helpful tools distributed at the seminars.
Zika Virus Information from the MA Department of Public Health
Local Public Health Institute of Massachusetts (LPHI)
DelValle Institute for Emergency Preparedness Learning Center
Preparedness and Emergency Response Learning Centers (PERLC)
FAQ for Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI)
Temporary Food Safety in Emergencies (presentation made by Sandra Martin of the Berkshire County Boards of Health Assn. at the May 18, 2015 MAPHCO Steering Committee meeting)
HHAN (Health & Homeland Alert Network) 101
HHAN User Guide 2013
WebEOC (MDPH) Quick User Guide 2016
Stay Safe from Local Vector-Borne Diseases. Protect Yourself from Mosquitoes and Ticks.
If you’re ready and willing to go beyond mosquito repellant and tick checks, you can take these steps in your own yard to cut down the number of these disease-carrying insects – right where you live:
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