Northern Berkshire Emergency Planning Committee
Regional Coronavirus COVID-19 Update:
The Northern Berkshire Regional Emergency Planning Committee (NBREPC) wishes to advise our partners that a very informative meeting was held this morning. The focus of the meeting was to share concerns, plans, expectations, and the active measures we are taking to help mitigate the effects of the coronavirus on our citizens.
Although we know we will experience additional cases and are prepared, the actions we have already taken will have a positive impact throughout our region. Our local schools have been completely cleaned and disinfected, our 9-1-1 dispatchers have been provided with a modified call query in an attempt to isolate potential coronavirus cases and we continue to monitor the Board of Health, Department of Health and CDC recommendations.
We assure you that communication has been open and existing relationships with local, state and federal partners have been enhanced to meet our growing needs and concerns. The NBREPC has activated their management team, who communicates directly with the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA). Our leaders are listening. This is apparent by Governor Baker’s enactment of a State of Emergency this afternoon.
We understand that this is overwhelming to many. Please do not allow panic and fear to prevail. As a reminder, there are a lot of proactive things we can do as a community to limit risks.
2.Wash your hands
3.Disinfect commonly touched services
4.Limit unnecessary exposure to large crowds
5.Contact your physician if you have flu-like symptoms
6.If you need to call 9-1-1, provide as much information about your symptoms as possible and understand that dispatchers may ask you additional questions
7.Know that while on-scene response may look different, our first responders are trained to act appropriately, efficiently and in your best interests. Please be patient.
Thank you for your continued support,