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.
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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.

05/15/2020

Severe Thunderstorm Warning for Northern Berkshire County until 7:30pm

05/15/2020

Weather Alert:
There is an Enhanced Risk for severe thunderstorms this afternoon
into early this evening. The main threats will be damaging winds of
58 mph or greater and heavy rainfall. Large hail, one inch in
diameter or larger and an isolated tornado are also possible.

Some poor drainage flooding of low lying areas and ponding of water
on roadways is possible with any thunderstorms.

It is recommended to charge electronic devices such as your phones and keep them charged throughout the day as the potential for loss of power is elevated.

Please secure any lawn furniture or yard items that may become projectiles such as garbage receptacles.

Please continue to monitor weather alerts as the REPC will be staffed later today and will monitor and provide information if possible.
Thanks, AJ
REPC Co-Chairman

05/08/2020

Critical Community Request:
Northern Berkshire EMS is in need of Large N-95 masks. We have been unsuccessful in receiving them and our EMS staff is in need.

These are the green, medical grade 3M 8511 Masks. If anyone has any, please contact me directly via text or email 413-822-8669 or [email protected]

Thank you in advance for all your support!

05/06/2020
Treated the EOC staff to lunch today. Mental health break for me as one of my favorite hobbies is cooking. Thanks to an ...
05/05/2020

Treated the EOC staff to lunch today. Mental health break for me as one of my favorite hobbies is cooking.

Thanks to an amazing team!

05/04/2020
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Northern Berkshire COVID-19 Operations Center Update

05/01/2020

Super cool visit yesterday! Stay Safe to our Military. Thank you to our local military being activated.

04/27/2020

Nationally and locally we have received reports suggesting people with emergent medical conditions not related to COVID-19, including heart attacks, strokes, appendicitis, and diabetes are not seeking medical assistance or calling 9-1-1 in a timely manner. In speaking with EMS we know this to be true right here in our community. Please seek emergency and urgent care if needed. Protocols to protect the safety of non-COVID patients are in place, and members of the community are encouraged to seek care if and when it is needed.
Please share this information with your friends and family!

Thank you to Desperados, Pete Oleskiewicz and City Councilor Ben Lamb for providing the COVID-19 Operations Center lunch...
04/21/2020

Thank you to Desperados, Pete Oleskiewicz and City Councilor Ben Lamb for providing the COVID-19 Operations Center lunch today. We sincerely appreciate this wonderful offering for our staff.

Severe Weather information.
04/12/2020

Severe Weather information.

[Monday Wind Gust Forecast] Along with heavy downpours and thunderstorms, Monday will bring the possibility for widespread damaging winds which could lead to downed trees and power lines. #mawx #ctwx #riwx

04/12/2020

High Wind Warning for tomorrow between 8:00am-11:00pm. We encourage you to make sure phones and electronic devices are charged.

Power loss may be possible due to high winds, be prepared and treat all downed wires as being live, call 9-1-1 and remain away.

Adams Police Department
04/02/2020

Adams Police Department

03/31/2020

Important Information:
If anyone has a Doctors appointment and needs a prescription, please request the Doctor to call in the prescription or enter it electronically.

Please refrain from paper hand written prescriptions. Then allow time for the pharmacy to fill your prescription before entering the location and waiting with a group of individuals for your prescription to be filled.

The goal is to arrive, enter, maintain social distancing and leave the premise as soon as possible. LIMIT EXPOSURE, SOCIAL DISTANCE, WASH HANDS and KEEP YOUR HANDS OFF YOUR FACE!

Thank You, AJ

03/27/2020

Connect to this link for a live update today at 5:00pm.

03/20/2020

Live from the Northern Berkshire COVID-19 Operations Center.

03/20/2020

This is your resource for Northern Berkshire County and the operations of the NB COVID-19 Operations Center.

We are committed to your safety and health and assure you we are working diligently with local, state and federal partners to assure we are providing the best available resources and operational practices available.

03/17/2020

Northern Berkshire COVID-19 Operational Center:

Due to social distancing and the safety and security of our staff the location of the operational center remains confidential at this time.

However, in a world of social media, email and phone utilization we are more than happy to hear from you and want to. Phone: 413-662-3614 Email: [email protected]

This is a resource for agencies and individuals to communicate needs as well as what resources you may have to offer. We don't need everything at this time, but want to create a resource list as we know we can't do this alone.

Stay well, be positive!

COVID-19 Update: Good Evening, the NB-REPC has been busy communicating out to the communities we represent. Today we had...
03/13/2020

COVID-19 Update:
Good Evening, the NB-REPC has been busy communicating out to the communities we represent. Today we had several meetings with organizations in Williamstown, North Adams and Cheshire.

We have also participated in numerous conference calls with MEMA, DPH and many others.

We have created an informational flyer that we are providing to restaurants and placing the other in public places. These are good practice flyers regarding hygiene during this time.

We continue to work with our local, state and federal partners to determine best courses of action and the best information to disseminate to the community.

To those of your sharing our concerns, supporting our mission and partaking in best practices, WE THANK YOU!

Keep Clean,

Amalio Jusino
Co-Chairman
NBREPC

03/10/2020

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.

These include:
1.Remain Calm
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,

Respectfully,
Amalio Jusino
NBREPC
Co-Chairman

01/03/2020

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.

12/29/2019

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.

12/02/2019

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

12/02/2019

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.

11/30/2019

WINTER STORM WARNING IN EFFECT FROM 11 AM SUNDAY TO 7 AM EST TUESDAY... * WHAT...HEAVY SNOW EXPECTED. TOTAL SNOW ACCUMULATIONS OF 12 TO 24 INCHES. WINDS OCCASIONALLY GUSTING AS HIGH AS 35 MPH. * WHERE...IN VERMONT, BENNINGTON, WESTERN WINDHAM AND EASTERN WINDHAM COUNTIES. IN MASSACHUSETTS, NORTHERN BERKSHIRE AND SOUTHERN BERKSHIRE COUNTIES. * WHEN...FROM 11 AM SUNDAY TO 7 AM EST TUESDAY. * IMPACTS...TRAVEL COULD BE VERY DIFFICULT TO IMPOSSIBLE. THE HAZARDOUS CONDITIONS WILL IMPACT THE MONDAY MORNING AND EVENING COMMUTES. PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS... IF YOU MUST TRAVEL, KEEP AN EXTRA FLASHLIGHT, FOOD, AND WATER IN YOUR VEHICLE IN CASE OF AN EMERGENCY

Northern Berkshire Emergency Planning Committee's cover photo
11/30/2019

Northern Berkshire Emergency Planning Committee's cover photo

09/30/2019

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...
09/09/2019

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.

08/26/2019

$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.

Northern Berkshire Emergency Planning Committee's cover photo
08/26/2019

Northern Berkshire Emergency Planning Committee's cover photo

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10 Harris St
North Adams, MA
01247

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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