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HMCC Region 3 Quarterly Newsletter

HMCC Region 3

Quarterly Newsletter

Volume 1, Issue 2 – July 7, 2017


  • Congratulations and welcome to Laura Vlasuk, the new Health Agent for the Town of Reading! Laura comes to Reading from the City of Malden Health Department.
  • As of July 1, NEEMS will be contracting with IIGL to run operations for Region 3 HMCC. Mark Munroe and the new Program Coordinator will now be employees of NEEMS.
  • Jim Richardson has been selected as the new Region 3 HMCC Coordinator and will begin his new position shortly. Jim brings a wealth of knowledge not only in healthcare but also emergency planning. Welcome, Jim!

How to Contact the Region 3 HMCC Duty Officer:

Phone: (978) 946-8130 (978) 946-8131 North-East CMED
Email: [email protected]

Page the HMCC Duty Officer when: additional support is needed to address an incident or further threat is pending.
Email the Duty Officer when: no additional support is needed or no further threat is pending.

Click here for more information about the Region 3 HMCC Duty Officer.

Operationalizing Emergency Plans-Incident Command in action on June 1 in Topsfield.

Region 3 HMCC Hospital Events

As part of their project, the Region 3 HMCC Hospitals hosted two seminars in May; Surge Capacity and Planning During a Disaster and Internal Medical Surge Capacity Planning Workshop. Each program highlighted important planning and response strategies before, during and after a disaster. Presenters from all over the country shared their personal experiences and provided various resources for attendees to use in their planning efforts.

HMCC Region 3 Drills

Images from the Salem and Lynn Hospital Decontamination Drills
Images from a National Grid Drill

Program Manager Mark Munroe Attends Homeland Security Training

Mark Munroe recently completed training offered by the Center for Domestic Preparedness (CDP), in Anniston, Ala. The CDP is operated by the United States Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency and is the only federally-chartered Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) training facility in the nation.

The CDP develops and delivers advanced training for emergency response providers, emergency managers, and other government officials from state, local, and tribal governments. The CDP offers more than 40 training courses focusing on incident management, mass casualty response, and emergency response to a catastrophic natural disaster or terrorist act.

Responders participating in CDP training gain critical skills and confidence to respond effectively to local incidents or potential WMD events.

“Until Help Arrives” Coming to Mass.

Eleven members of the Upper Merrimack Valley Medical Reserve Corps attended the nation’s third classroom offering of the new curriculum, “Until Help Arrives,” in Nashua on May 25. Instructors represented FEMA, the city’s Emergency Management and EMS.

The Upper Merrimack Valley Public Health Coalition worked in tandem with the HMCC to provide a grant for $3939 to its local MRC. The funds were to be allocated towards a project that would benefit the entire region and be completed by June 30.
The UMV MRC proposed an initiative called ‘Beyond First Aid’ with two key deliverables: 1) Create a basic supply kit, with medical training and treatment protocols, for patient assessment at public events. 2) Launch the new national curriculum, “Until Help Arrives,” that was presented in April at the NACCHO Summit – plus a related program that was released last October, “Stop The Bleed.” Visit and for details.

These new courses are particularly exciting because they offer skills that the general public and first responders can apply. Trauma is the leading cause of death for Americans under the age of 46. More trauma victims can be saved when bystanders apply five steps to help someone who may have a life-threatening injury.

The UMV MRC launched “Until Help Arrives” in Massachusetts on June 14 and 29. Anyone who would like to be among the first students in Massachusetts to take this innovative course are urged to call 978-399-2549 or e-mail [email protected]

Upcoming Events


For more events and updates, visit the HMCC Events Calendar.

Region 3 Health and Medical Coordinating Coalition

125 Amesbury St.
Lawrence, MA 01840

[email protected]

The Region 3 Health and Medical Coordination Coalition (HMCC) was formed in 2015 by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, Office of Preparedness and Emergency Management. Staff are funded through a grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. It’s members comprise of five disciplines which include local health, hospitals, EMS, long term care, and community health centers.

Its mission is to advance the preparedness activities of 49 cities and towns in Northeastern Massachusetts with a population of 1.2 million residents.


HMCC Region 3 Announces New Program Coordinator

Program Manager Mark Munroe is pleased to announce that Jim Richardson has been selected as the new Region 3 HMCC Program Coordinator and will begin his new position shortly. Jim brings a wealth of knowledge and experience not only in healthcare but also emergency planning. Welcome, Jim!