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FRCOG’s Emergency Preparedness efforts increase capacity for emergency response through preparedness activities including planning, training, and exercising at all levels of local government and healthcare. The FRCOG does this through the Western Region Homeland Security Advisory Council (WRHSAC), and the Emergency Preparedness Program.

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On Tuesday, August 9th, MA Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA) Secretary Beth Card escalated the Connecticut River Valley to a…

Due to five months of below-normal rainfall, Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA) Secretary Kathleen Theoharides declared a Level 3 –…

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Regional Equipment Caches

Both WRHSAC and the Emergency Preparedness Program have built up equipment caches for use in emergencies and planned events.  Placed strategically throughout the region, these goods and equipment are available…

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Emergency Preparedness Planning

The Emergency Preparedness Program partners with Franklin County communities to facilitate the continuous improvement of emergency management in the region. We do this by: Coordinating preparedness efforts amongst town governments,…

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Western Region Homeland Security Advisory Council (WRHSAC)

The FRCOG serves as fiduciary for the Western Region Homeland Security Advisory Council (WRHSAC).  WRHSAC was formed by the Executive Office of Public Safety and Security in 2004. WRHSAC is…

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Western MA Health & Medical Coordinating Coalition

The FRCOG serves as the sponsoring organization of the Western Massachusetts Health and Medical Coordinating Coalition (HMCC). The HMCC coordinates public health and medical emergency preparedness in the four westernmost…

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Emergency Communications System

The FRCOG oversees a regional interoperable communications system linking police, fire, emergency medical services, and dispatch communications throughout and beyond the Franklin County region. In 2021, Franklin County Emergency Services…

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Completed Projects

The Western Region Homeland Security Advisory Council was proud to offer our inaugural First Responder Mental Health Resilience Conference in…

WRHSAC awarded funds to the Franklin Regional Council of Governments (FRCOG) to conduct the series of Cybersecurity/IT Capacity Building Workshops…

In 2016, the Western Region Homeland Security Advisory Council (WRHSAC) conducted a full-scale exercise at Six Flags New England. The…

The Western Region Homeland Security Council (WRHSAC) is engaged in a multi-phase project to address the needs of children in…

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