Northern Berkshire Emergency Planning Committee

Northern Berkshire Emergency Planning Committee The Northern Berkshire Regional Planning Committee is committed to completing comprehensive emergency planning and mitigation.

The current Board for the NBREPC with contact information is as follows: Chairman: Chief Joseph Charon of MCLA Campus Police [email protected] Vice Chairman: Asst. Chief Amalio Jusino of North Adams Ambulance- [email protected] Treasurer: Chief John Meaney Jr. of North Adams Ambulance [email protected] Secretary: Mr. David Maisonneuve of Savoy Vol. Fire Dept. [email protected]

Mission: It is the mission of the NBREPC to effectively plan and mitigate efforts within the communities they serve to maintain Local, State and Federal compliance in the event of a Hazardous Material Incident.


Power Outage:
National Grid reports power outage in Town of Williamstown:

Hoosac Rd, Simonds Rd, Cole Ave, Church St, Henderson Rd, North St, White Oaks Rd, Hemlock Ln, Cummings Ave, and Southworth St. impacting approximately 1496 customers.

Estimated time of outage is being assessed at this time and updates will be provided when available.


Be Prepared, Not Scared:

ICE STORM Warning: Our area is expected to be significantly impacted by a combination of weather from 5pm today until 7am Tuesday. with heavy ice accumulation being the most concerning.

During this storm it is expected that power will be lost for a significant period of time, Trees and wires may also come down and be a potential danger. Travel will be potentially impossible and emergency weather notifications may be made.

What To Do Now:
Keep phones charged along with secondary charging devices
Charge wireless devices for children to have
Have flashlights and batteries available
Have non-perishable food and water available
Have salt/sand available for walkways
Have Carbon Monoxide and Smoke Detectors
Fill gas tanks
Sign up for emergency alerts (CodeRed alerts)

During a Power Loss:
Stay away from any downed Power Lines
Keep your refrigerator/freezer closed as much as possible
Turn off/Disconnect appliances for surge protection safety
Do not use generators indoors
Do not heat your home with gas stoves/heaters indoors

Please stay connected with NBREPC throughout the day as the Emergency Managers and agency department heads are all working together throughout the region and State.


More Snow: Preparedness Information
As we have heard, more snow has started and will increase into the evening. Give great consideration to clearing snow effectively now as to make it easier to move the next round later.

Pay close attention to you HYDRANTS, HEATING VENTS and HEATING FUEL access points.

The next snow will make things heavier, which may cause power loss. Please make sure your phones are charged, smoke detectors and CO detectors are functioning properly and any secondary sources of heat are safe and free of any obstructions.

Agencies throughout the area are in communication and are available as always. Police, Fire and EMS along with Emergency Managers and our partner Hospitals have been in contact and are prepared.

Be Safe, Be Smart and stay away from any downed wires and obey your community emergency activation.

Thanks, NB-REPC


Weather Update: WOW IT'S SNOWING!!! We have not seen this, like this in a while.
Stay off the roads, enjoy some family time at home with your children. Take care of your pets and neighbors. Clear your hydrants, help a friend and check on them.
Please check your local closings and keep your phones charged in the event of any power outages.
We will continue to monitor the storm and provide updates.



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On behalf of the NB-REPC I send out my sincerest condolences to the family and friends of Commissioner John Morocco. This organization, community, agencies and many individuals would not be what they are today if it wasn't for the unselfish, relentless commitment of Mr. Morocco.

In this time of incredible sadness, I will hold my head high knowing I had the honor of having this man as a mentor and friend.

With Deepest Sympathy,

Amalio Jusino, NBREPC Co-Chairman

The Northern Berkshire REPC is happy to announce that they distributed the final items from a grant that they received f...

The Northern Berkshire REPC is happy to announce that they distributed the final items from a grant that they received from the Massachusetts Executive Office of Public Safety & Security-Homeland Security Division.
This was a competitive grant that was awarded to our region and allowed for the City of North Adams Police and Fire Departments, Adams Police, Fire & EMS, Williamstown Fire & Police along with Northern Berkshire EMS to receive specialized equipment in the event of an Active Shooter/Hostile Threat.

These items consisted of ballistic vests and helmets for NAFD and NBEMS. tactical training equipment, which was used in the past year for all agencies. These agencies also received active shooter/hostile threat response bags, which are designed for Stop the Bleed and critical life-saving interventions that can be used in the "Warm Zone" of an incident.

As always, items through the NB-REPC are regional assets and knowing the potential impact of an incident of this nature, these agencies have been trained and will respond with this equipment whenever or wherever it may be needed.

Great teamwork in building regional assets, training methods and response capabilities.


$25,000 Grant Award Announcement:

The Northern Berkshire Regional Emergency Planning Committee is proud to announce the awarding of the 2018 Competitive Emergency Management Performance Grant.

This is a highly competitive grant which the City of North Adams Fire Chief & Emergency Management Director Steve Meranti partnered with NB-REPC and composed a grant request that would benefit all communities represented by the NB-REPC, which includes North Adams, Williamstown, Adams, Cheshire, New Ashford, Clarskburg, Savoy and Florida.

This grant will allow for the purchase of equipment and planning development specific to emergency sheltering, evacuation management, transportation of people with access and functional needs, distribution of critical commodities during disasters and enhancement of the community's comprehensive emergency management plan.

We would like to take this moment to thank MEMA, Fire Chief Meranti and all participating communities.

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On behalf of the NB-REPC our hearts and prayers go out to all in Dayton and El Paso.

If you’re in Cheshire don’t be alarmed by the heavy smoke in the area of the fire station. Great live fire training this...

If you’re in Cheshire don’t be alarmed by the heavy smoke in the area of the fire station. Great live fire training this evening because not everything is a structure fire.

Grill & Dumpster Fire Training: Great Job in getting creative.

Heat Warning: Start hydrating NOW!!!!!The National Weather Service has issued a High Heat Advisory for our area this wee...

Heat Warning: Start hydrating NOW!!!!!

The National Weather Service has issued a High Heat Advisory for our area this weekend, beginning tomorrow. STAY HYDRATED!

As a result, we have been working with our community partners and they have advised that they are monitoring and prepared to respond in the event we have community specific concerns relative to the weather. STAY HYDRATED!

The NB-REPC advises to take advantage of cool and shaded locations, utilize and enjoy the newly installed water park in North Adams, find yourself at the local lakes and ponds. Please use sun block and wear light clothing. STAY HYDRATED!

Keep pets out of vehicles and inside in cool areas. Check on the elderly and children to assure they are not being negatively impacted. STAY HYDRATED!

Recognize the signs and symptoms of heat stroke, exhaustion and cramps. STAY HYDRATED!

Call 9-1-1 if you feel nauseous, vomit, dizzy, chest pain, excessive sweating and overall weakness. STAY HYDRATED!

Thanks, NB-REPC (More information to follow)


Heat Warnings: We are expected to experience elevated temperatures come this weekend, please start hydrating now to be better prepared.

More information to come soon!


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Weather Information: As a result of sever isolated weather we have reported power outages in the area of Bradley St. In the city.

We have more severe weather approaching. Please report any weather related incidents and in the event of downed wires, please do not approach and contact 9-1-1.

Be Safe!


Once again, Mass MoCA is proud to host Solid Sound festival this weekend. This event brings a large amount of wonderful attendees to our community to enjoy the festivities.

During this time we will see an increase in traffic throughout the region. Foot traffic downtown will also be plentiful. This is an exciting time as we welcome these individuals to our great city and surrounding communities.

We ask that you welcome them and be patient in your travels as many don’t know the streets, their exact destination and often times find themselves overwhelmed with our many visual attractions.

Drive slow, be patient, report any concerns, smile and wave often.

Be assured our emergency management crews have worked diligently to make this a safe, enjoyable event throughout the weekend.

Thank you,

Amalio Jusino


The City of North Adams is currently managing a water main break that has shut down the east bound travel lane of Main Street.

Traffic is being managed by NAPD and DPW is on-scene. Please use caution as employees will be working in the area for an extended period.

Thank you, NB-REPC


It is a controlled burn in the Pownal/Williamstown area.
Thank you to all concerned citizens.


Public Safety Information:
Due to high winds many Fire Departments are responding throughout the region for trees and wires down.

Please treat all wires as if they are live and report them immediately. Do not attempt to touch the lines or anything they came in contact with.

Keep pets away and do not drive over lines.

If your vehicle comes in contact with downed power lines stay inside your car, roll down your window and tell others to stay away, call 9-1-1 and wait until Fire and Power Company personnel arrive on scene and tell you it's safe before exiting your vehicle.

The NB-REPC will keep you informed as we continue to monitor the situation with our local emergency managers.

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The NB-REPC is committed to providing safety information to the residents we serve.

The region is expected to experience critically low temperatures. As a result, emergency managers remain in communication with each other to best prepare for these incidents.

The following are helpful tips from the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA):

· Dress in several layers of loose-fitting, lightweight clothing instead of a single heavy layer. Outer garments should be tightly woven and water repellent. Wear a hat, mittens (not gloves), and sturdy waterproof boots to protect your arms, legs, hands and feet. Cover your mouth with a scarf to protect your lungs.

· Follow recommended safety precautions when using space heaters, a fireplace, or a woodstove to heat your home. Keep a fire extinguisher handy.

· Make sure emergency generators or secondary heating systems are well ventilated.

· If you lose heating, move into a single room. At night, cover windows and external doors with extra blankets or sheets.
· Wrap pipes in insulation or layers of newspapers covered in plastic to prevent them from freezing. Let a trickle of warm water run from a faucet to keep water moving through your pipes.

· If your pipes freeze, open all faucets all the way, remove any insulation, and heat the frozen pipe with a hair dryer or wrap with towels soaked in hot water. Never use an open flame to thaw pipes.

· Be a good neighbor. Check on family, friends, and neighbors, especially the elderly, those who live alone, those with medical conditions, and those who may need extra help.

Be sure to remember that animals are not able to remain in these cold temperatures. Bring them in and keep them warm.


MCLA Water Main Break:
Residents of North Adams, please be advised that MCLA is experiencing a water main break and has crews diligently working to make repairs. During this time, residents may experience low water pressure and slight discoloration in their homes.

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The NB-REPC is receiving numerous reports of standing water throughout the City of North Adams. As the crews work diligently to resolve the issues please slow down and use caution when traveling in these areas.

We will keep you informed of any additional concerns and if you see flooding in your area, please be smart, avoid the area and contact your local authorities.

Please know many agencies in each Cory and town are monitoring the situation.

Stay Safe!

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Northern Berkshire Emergency Planning Committee

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Life Threatening Wind Chills: Wind chills are likely through this evening as a frigid air mass invades the region. Wind chills will bring temperatures of -25 to -35 below with wind gusts up to 35mph.

NB-REPC asks that you limit your exposure, check on your neighbors, elderly, children and animals.

Watch for freezing pipes and don't use open flame torches to thaw them if frozen, call a professional. Be cautious with primary/secondary heating devices such as space heaters.

Have a small bag of items with you if traveling in your car such as gloves, hat and scarfs in case you break down. Charge your cell phone.

Be safe, stay warm!


Winter Storm Information: We all know a storm is expected, please consider The following and be proactive regarding the upcoming storm.

1. Charge your devices now.
2. Fuel your vehicles, but limit your driving.
3. Check snow blowers and generators now.
4. Limit exposure to animals, child and elderly to the cold.
5. Use caution with generators and never use indoors.
6. Make sure there is a transfer switch for your generator.
7. Please clear fire hydrants during the storm not only at the end.
8. Stay off roadways
9. Have bottled water in case of power failure.
10. Have non perishable foods, just in case.
11. Do not park on roadways.
12. Do not approach downed power lines.

The NBREPC knows many are not concerned as we live in the Berkshires and we get snow. However, the snow, which will be wet and heavy along with below zero temperatures can tax heating systems, cause frostbite in a very short time and create large scale power outages. This combination can be critical and potentially deadly if cautions are ignored.

Be safe, report concerns and watch your neighbors and animals.


Tonight into Friday morning: Bitter cold temperatures, potentially record breaking, are expected tonight through Thanksgiving night. Strong winds and temperatures falling into the single digits tonight into Thanksgiving morning will likely result in dangerous wind chill values of 0 to 25 degrees below zero, especially across the high terrain locations. Temperatures on Thanksgiving day are expected to remain very cold, only rising into the teens and low 20s with winds remaining breezy. The cold continues into Thursday night with Friday morning low temperatures ranging from 10 above zero to 5 below zero and wind chills ranging from 10 degrees in the valleys to 10 degrees below zero in the Adirondacks.

Please use care in heating and during Holiday festivities.


Weather Statement:
Snow expected for the area and as the first storm of the season please be cautious in your travels if necessary. We know there is always an adjustment to winter driving. If you need not to drive, please don't as DPW will be clearing roadways.

Ice is also expected, so please use caution in all you do.

Please also know and obey your communities parking restrictions as they are put into place to assure proper road clearing and reduction of potential hazards.


Please know the Berkshire Mall Connector Road will be closed to traffic starting at 0600 hours on Monday, September 24, 2018 to 1600 hours (4 p.m)


Morning Commute: Please use caution this morning and throughout the day as heavy rains have resulted in multiple locations having minor flooding.


Weather Information:

Town of Adams:
Currently dealing with flooding issues in the area of Lime Street and surrounding areas, Lime Street is currently closed. Officers and other response personnel are in the area assisting with rerouting traffic. Please avoid the area and allow for the responders to safely do their job.

Town of Florida:
Reported trees down on River Road causing traffic issues. Please avoid the area until able to be removed.

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Dear Emergency Managers and other partners,

An approaching warm front, along with the remnants of Tropical Cyclone Gordon, will produce a period of moderate to locally heavy rain across much of eastern New York and adjacent western New England this morning into Tuesday. Rainfall amounts of 1-3 inches are expected, with localized higher amounts possible (see rainfall forecast through 8 pm TUE attached in the first image).

Despite these rainfall amounts, relatively dry conditions over the last few weeks should limit any river flood potential across the region. However, some localized flooding of urban/poor drainage areas and perhaps small streams/creeks will be possible, especially from the Capital Region south. The Weather Prediction Center has highlighted much of eastern New York and adjacent western New England within a Marginal to Slight Risk for Flash Flooding for this possibility (see attached image), but again antecedent soil conditions have been very dry for a large portion of the region.

Also, strong southeast winds will be possible across higher terrain areas of southern Vermont, the northern and central Taconics, and Berkshires this afternoon into the early evening, with wind gusts of 35 to 45 mph possible. This could lead to some downed tree limbs and minor property damage. Should the potential for stronger winds occur (gusts of 46 to 57 mph), then a Wind Advisory would be issued for these areas.


10 Harris St
North Adams, MA

General information

The NBREPC consists of a unique group of individuals from the public and private sector throughout the region. Many of them are Police, Fire and EMS Professionals along with city/town officials, business owners, church groups and many other disciplines. The purpose of the NBREPC is to maintain preparation for intentional and unintentional hazardous materials emergencies and to ensure municipal compliance with the Superfund Amendments and Reauthorization Act, also known as SARA Title III.


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