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UMass Hampshire MRC Exercise in the news

The Daily Hampshire Gazette reports on the upcoming large scale UMass / Hampshire MRC shelter exercise. More than 275 people are expected to participate. WRHSAC is providing funds to support the exercise. To read the article click here.

Emergency Rest Center Guide

The Western Region Homeland Security Advisory Council has shared the recently completed Emergency Rest Center Guide and other related templates. These documents are a result of the latest work of WRHSAC’s  Faith Community Partnering for Emergency Preparedness project. The Emergency Rest Center guide can be adapted by any Faith Based or other organizations that are able to provide Rest Center services in response to disasters or weather events.

New Blog Post Faith Community Partnership

Faith Community Partnership new blog post provides and overview of the current efforts to build emergency rest center network in western Massachusetts.

Greenfield, MA

6:30 PM-9:30 PM

SKYWARN is a free training sponsored by Franklin County Citizen Corps Programs and is geared toward anyone interested in public service and in potentially joining the SKYWARN® volunteer program. Volunteers include police and fire personnel, dispatchers, EMS workers, public utility workers and other concerned private citizens. Individuals affiliated with hospitals, schools, churches, nursing homes or who have a responsibility for protecting others are also encouraged to become a spotter.

The SKYWARN training covers fundamentals of thunderstorm development, storm structure, and identification of potential severe weather features. It also includes basic severe weather safety informtion. Free food  will be provided.

For more information, please see this flyer. Please register by calling 413-774-3167 x 101 or email

SKYWARN® is a registered trademark of NOAA’s National Weather Service




UMass Amherest Conference Center


The Whole Community Preparedness Summit is geared toward Western Massachusetts Emergency Management Directors/Planners and Incident Managers/Commanders from any first responder discipline. At this summit you will gain an understanding of the following:

  • Why meeting the needs of the whole community is not only a best practice, but also required by law. A review of both Massachusetts and Federal statutory requirements will be provided.
  • How to plan for the whole community: A local Emergency Management Director (EMD) will discuss how the Community Emergency Management Plan (CEMP) Individuals Requiring Additional Assistance (IRAA) Annex can help.
  • How to write or implement MOUs with agencies/organizations providing shelter management services and services to IRAA populations and why MOUs are important.
  • How identify an individual within the community that could serve as IRAA spokesperson within the incident command structure.
  • What training opportunities and other resources are available from the State, local private sector entities, as well as educational institutions within the region.

By the time you leave this event your CEMP Annex should be almost completed! More information and registration is available here.

Franklin County

12:00 pm


On Saturday, November 3, 2012 at noon, state and local public safety agencies will conduct an audible sounding of the 37 sirens within the Vermont Yankee 10-mile Emergency Planning Zone (EPZ) which includes the Massachusetts communities of Bernardston, Colrain, Gill, Greenfield, Leyden, Northfield and Warwick.

The three-minute siren testing is conducted by the Vermont, New Hampshire and Massachusetts state public safety agencies in compliance with the regulations of the Federal Emergency Management Agency to ensure the effectiveness of the public notification system.

Residents with questions on the annual testing can contact their town’s emergency management director or Mark Gilmore at Vermont Yankee at (802) 258-4168

The official MEMA press release is here.

Lenox Community Center

10am- 5pm (9:30 Registration)

The MRC/DART Train-a-Thon is a comprehensive full day of training designed to assist members and new volunteers in satisfying basic training requirements quickly and conveniently. The training is co-sponsored by the Community Health Workers Alliance of Berkshire County and includes:

  • Intro to Disaster Response (MRC and DART 101)
  • Psychological First Aid (PFA)
  • ICS 100 and NIMS 700

The FREE training will include a Q & A session, opportunities for networking, lunch, certificates, and giveaways. It is open to all but requires pre-registration. Complete course descriptions and training information is available here.

For more information or to REGISTER contact (413) 539-4115 or visit


GCC Main Campus, East Building, Room E 148

6pm to 9pm

This is open for team members who still need to fill this requirement, those who want a refresher, and any new recruits. Bring a friend and let’s grow Franklin County Citizen Corps.

Please RSVP: Nina Martin-Anzuoni, Franklin County Citizen Corps Coordinator at or 413-774-3167 x 137.

Information on other Franklin County Citizen Corps Meetings and Trainings, is available here.

J.W. Olver Transit Center, 12 Olive St. Greenfield

6pm to 8:30pm

The Citizen Corps Leadership Meeting will be held at the J.W. Olver Transit Center, 12 Olive St. Greenfield, in the Community Room, 1st Floor.

For more information: Nina Martin-Anzuoni, Franklin County Citizen Corps Coordinator at or 413-774-3167 x 137.

Information on other Franklin County Citizen Corps Meetings and Trainings, is available here.

GCC Main Campus, East Building, Room E 159

6pm to 9pm

We will make learning ICS fun. Then we will take the exam on the computers in the lab. If you have not fulfilled this requirement or want a refresher please come and join us. Please RSVP as space is limited and preference will be given to those not yet certified.

RSVP: Martin-Anzuoni, Franklin County Citizen Corps Coordinator at or 413-774-3167 x 137.

Information on other Franklin County Citizen Corps Meetings and Trainings, is available here.