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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, first responders, and the private sector,
  • Writing regional emergency plans,
  • Offering trainings and exercises,
  • Providing technical assistance with emergency planning, post-incident analysis, and inter-municipal sharing of services, and
  • Advocating for the region’s interests.
Hazardous Materials Exercise Participants Discussing Strategy.
Participants In A Mass Casualty Exercise Receive A Briefing From The Exercise Leader.
Preparedness Planner Dan Nietsche Presents A Briefing To Attendees At A Regional Sheltering Workshop And Exercise.
Staff From The FRCOG Discuss Hazardous Materials Exercise Progress With The Chair Of The Hampshire County Regional Emergency Planning Committee (REPC).

Post-COVID-19 Regional Preparedness Planning

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, the level of technical assistance and operational coordination required of the FRCOG and the Emergency Preparedness Program was unprecedented, and required thoughtful analysis to inform our organizational role in the region during future large-scale or long-duration states of emergency.

Throughout 2022, the FRCOG engaged in organizational and programmatic After-Action Reviews to evaluate the role of the FRCOG overall, as well as the role of the Emergency Preparedness Program, in regional response coordination. The FRCOG contracted with Ardent Decisions Group, an established and respected consulting firm with decades of experience in post-incident analysis.

Local public safety (police, fire, EMS), Emergency Management Directors, Town Administrators, members of Select Boards, Boards of Health, Health Directors and Agents, Public Health Nurses, as well as regional leaders from the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office, the Northwest Incident Management Team, and the FRCOG Council participated in this process, resulting in final recommendations from Ardent Decisions Group in late 2022.

Throughout 2023, the FRCOG presented and discussed these findings with our member communities to arrive at mutually understood and agreed-upon roles for the FRCOG during incidents and events that strain the capacity of local municipal management and existing mutual aid, resulting in a FRCOG Preparedness Plan that will be completed in the spring of 2024.

The Plan acts as a guide for FRCOG staff, both during blue-sky days and emergencies to increase regional capacity with no loss of local sovereignty; it also addresses the operational strategies and coordination mechanisms that the FRCOG will employ in anticipation, preparation, and response to emergencies as a way to assist municipalities with both incidents and events. Through administrative, logistical, and communication protocols, this Plan ensures the readiness and mobilization of assets and resources during both routine operations and crisis scenarios. Furthermore, the Plan defines how the transition to the Multi-Agency Coordination Center (MACC) will take place, specifying activation levels and the decision-making process for escalating response efforts.

The plan emphasizes the importance of communication, training, and exercises to build readiness and foster collaboration among regional stakeholders. Through these initiatives, FRCOG is committed to improving its ability to assist in mitigating, responding to, and recovering from emergencies in Franklin County.

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The primary purpose of this plan is to provide the framework and methodology to efficiently respond to hazardous materials emergencies within the communities of the Franklin County Regional Emergency Planning…

Communities have tremendous responsibility for managing and coordinating emergency response. During the early stages of an emergency it is very difficult to develop timely, effective and consistent public messages. In…

The Family Reunification Plan Template (PDF. 3.5 MB) is a result of WRHSAC’s Children in Disasters: Keeping Kids Safe project. The ability to reunify children with their families or care givers following…

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Nick Licata headshot.

Nick Licata

Emergency Preparedness Planner

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Dan Nietsche headshot.

Dan Nietsche

Emergency Preparedness Planner

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Xander Sylvain

Emergency Preparedness Program Manager

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