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The Summer Heat is Here!

 

Good Afternoon

As you are all aware summer is in full force the next few days. This is a reminder that if you need anything please page the Region 3 Duty Officer at 978-946-8130.

I have attached a copy of the Weather Related Waiver for Transport to Emergency Shelters and Cooling Centers that was recently issued by the Office of Emergency Medical Services ( Heat Emergency Waiver Final ). Also below is  a copy of MEMA’s Situational Awareness Statement.

Please reach out with any questions

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Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency

MASSACHUSETTS EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT AGENCY
SITUATIONAL AWARENESS STATEMENT

DATE: July 18, 2019
TIME: 12:00 noon
SUBJECT: Excessive Heat and Humidity Friday through Sunday

Situation

  • The National Weather Service (NWS) is forecasting excessive heat Friday through Sunday. Hot temperatures combined with high humidity levels are expected to create dangerous heat conditions, with the most oppressive conditions expected Saturday.
  • High temperatures Friday-Sunday are forecast to be in the 90s to lower 100s, and dew points in the low to mid 70s. Heat index values are expected to reach the mid to upper 90s Friday, 100 to 110 Saturday, and 97 to 105 Sunday, with the highest values occurring on Saturday in eastern Massachusetts and parts of the Connecticut River valley. Graphics provided below.
  • The National Weather Service (NWS) has issued an Excessive Heat Watch for most of Massachusetts for Saturday from 11:00 a.m. through 9:00 p.m. Graphics provided below. NWS may issue additional heat-related watches, warnings, or advisories for Friday and/or Sunday.

Impacts

  • Prolonged exposure to heat and humidity will increase the risk of heat-related illnesses.

Cooling Centers

  • Cities and towns planning to open cooling centers are asked to share this information with their MEMA Regional office or MEMA’s 24/7 communications center at 508-820-2000, or post the information directly into WebEOC.  Mass211 will utilize information posted on WebEOC to share with the public.

Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Emergency Waiver

  • The Massachusetts Department of Public Health Office of Emergency Medical Services has issued a waiver allowing EMS providers to transport to local shelters/cooling centers as needed. This waiver is attached to this email, and is in effect from Friday, July 19 at 8:00 a.m. through Monday, July 22 at 8:00 a.m.

 

Watches, Warnings, Advisories

Excessive Heat Watch 
Expiring: July 20 at 9:00PM EDT
 
Areas affected: Central Middlesex County; Eastern Essex; Eastern Franklin; Eastern Hampden; Eastern Hampshire; Eastern Norfolk; Eastern Plymouth; Northern Bristol; Northern Worcester; Northwest Middlesex County; Southeast Middlesex; Southern Bristol; Southern Plymouth; Southern Worcester; Suffolk; Western Essex; Western Franklin; Western Hampden; Western Hampshire; Western Norfolk; Western Plymouth  

 

Graphics:

Excessive Heat Watch

Maximum Heat Indices – Friday

Maximum Heat Indices – Saturday

Maximum Heat Indices – Sunday

 

MEMA Operations

The State Emergency Operations Center (SEOC) is operating at Level 1 (Steady State Monitoring).  MEMA will continue to monitor the forecast and will disseminate additional Situational Awareness Statements as necessary.

Preparedness and Safety Information

  • Never leave children or pets alone in a closed vehicle. Even with the windows cracked open, interior temperatures can rise almost 20°F within 10 minutes.
  • Check with your local authorities or call 2-1-1 to find locations of cooling centers or shelters near you.
  • Know the symptoms of and watch out for heat-related illnesses. Call 9-1-1 to report emergencies.
  • Be a good neighbor. Check on family, friends, and neighbors, especially the elderly, those who live alone, those with medical conditions, those who may need additional assistance, and those who may not have air conditioning.
  • For more heat safety tips, visit:

 

 

Online Resources:
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Hospital Incident Command System (HICS)

On June 5th, DelValle Institute offered Hospital Incident Command System (HICS): Response to Emergencies in Healthcare Facilities course at Genesis-Hathorne Hill in Danvers Ma. This 4-hour course provided an overview of the Hospital Incident Command System (HICS) Fifth Edition. Through practical scenarios and interactive discussions, students became aware of the benefits related to HICS and its application in a healthcare environment, including adaptations for community health centers and other healthcare settings.

Thank you to Maureen Powers for graciously allowing us to use her facility and to Mea Allen and her staff for providing a great training!

 

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2019 Atlantic Hurricane Season Begins

Happy Monday!

Below is some valuable information from our partners at MEMA on hurricane preparedness!

June 1st marked the official start of the Atlantic Hurricane Season which runs through November 30th. While the majority of tropical storms and hurricanes that have impacted New England occurred during the months of August and September, now is the time to begin preparing yourself, your family, your home, and your business.  Throughout hurricane season, the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) will share preparedness information to help residents be aware of, and prepare for, the impacts of tropical storms and hurricanes.

 

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) seasonal outlook predicts a near normal number of hurricanes this season. As the outlook is for overall seasonal activity and is not a landfall forecast, all residents are encouraged to be prepared during hurricane season. Whether it is a slow or active hurricane season, it only takes one storm to make landfall and severely impact an area.  Tropical Storm Irene, which produced devastating flooding in Central and Western Massachusetts in 2011, is a reminder that hurricanes and tropical storms can impact the entire Commonwealth, not just coastal regions, and that all Massachusetts residents need to prepare for the possibility of hurricane impacts. To learn more about the hazards associated with hurricanes and tropical storms, visit MEMA’s hurricane webpage: www.mass.gov/mema/hurricanes.

 

“The beginning of hurricane season is a great opportunity for all residents of the Commonwealth to prepare for the impacts of a tropical storm or hurricane,” said MEMA Director Samantha Phillips.  “MEMA encourages everyone to learn if they live in a hurricane evacuation zone, make an emergency plan, assemble an emergency kit, and stay informed.”

 

Know Your Evacuation Zone

Massachusetts has defined hurricane evacuation zones, designated as Zone A, Zone B and Zone C, for areas of the state at risk for storm surge flooding associated with tropical storms or hurricanes. If evacuations are necessary because of a tropical storm or hurricane, local or state officials will notify people living, working, or vacationing in evacuation zones to leave the area for their safety. Even areas not directly along a coastline may be at risk for storm surge flooding during a tropical storm or hurricane. Find out if you live, work, or vacation in a hurricane evacuation zone by visiting the ‘Know Your Zone’ interactive map located on MEMA’s website at www.mass.gov/knowyourzone.

 

Make an Emergency Plan

Develop a plan with the members of your household to prepare for what to do, how to find each other, and how to communicate in a tropical storm or hurricane. An emergency plan should include:

  • Meeting Locations
  • Emergency Contact Information
  • Evacuation Plans
  • Shelter-in-Place Plans
  • Considerations for Family Members with Access and Functional Needs, and PetsFor more information, see: https://www.mass.gov/service-details/make-a-family-emergency-plan.    Build an Emergency Kit Receiving advance warnings and timely emergency alerts and information from public officials is critical to staying safe during a tropical storm or hurricane. Every family should have multiple methods for receiving emergency alerts. Learn more about different types of alerting and information tools including the Emergency Alert System, Wireless Emergency Alerts, NOAA Weather Radio, Social Media & Traditional Media, 2-1-1 Hotline, Local Notification Systems: https://www.mass.gov/service-details/be-informed-and-receive-emergency-alerts.
  • MEMA is the state agency charged with ensuring the state is prepared to withstand, respond to, and recover from all types of emergencies and disasters, including natural hazards, accidents, deliberate attacks, and technological and infrastructure failures. MEMA’s staff of professional planners, communications specialists and operations and support personnel is committed to an all hazards approach to emergency management. By building and sustaining effective partnerships with federal, state and local government agencies, and with the private sector – individuals, families, non-profits and businesses – MEMA ensures the Commonwealth’s ability to rapidly recover from large and small disasters by assessing and mitigating threats and hazards, enhancing preparedness, ensuring effective response, and strengthening our capacity to rebuild and recover. For additional information about MEMA and Emergency Preparedness, go to www.mass.gov/mema.
  • Stay Informed
  • Build an emergency kit containing items that will sustain you and your family in the event you are isolated for three to five days without power or unable to go to a store. Emergency kits are particularly important during hurricane season, due to potential extended power outages, flooding, and impassable debris-covered roads. While it is important to customize your kit to meet the unique needs of you and your family, every emergency kit should include bottled water, food, a flashlight, a radio and extra batteries, a first aid kit, sanitation items, and clothing. Depending on your family’s needs, emergency kits should also include medications, extra eyeglasses, medical equipment and supplies, children’s items such as diapers and formula, food and supplies for pets and service animals, and other items you or your family members might need during a disaster. For a complete emergency kit checklist, visit: https://www.mass.gov/service-details/build-an-emergency-kit.

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Region 3 HMCC conducts Regional HVA

The Region 3 HMCC staff held a workshop with 60 stakeholders to conduct a Regional Hazzard Vulnerability Assessment on 30 April 19 at the Beverly Task Force. The workshop was followed by a tour of the NERAC Beverly cache site where stakeholder learned what resources are available to request. The HMCC staff is working to develop the final report to share with the region by the end June.

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IMPORTANT! Water main break in Region 3 Communities

There has been a report of a water main break of a 48″ high pressure line in Stoneham affecting 100k residents in the Stoneham Area (Stoneham, Wilmington, Reading, Wakefield, Woburn, Winchester) Water has been rerouted, and MWRA advising residents to not wash clothes if water appears brown. There is no boil order in effect.

If any communities or facilities have any questions or request, please contact me at 617-485-8651.

-Beth

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Emergency Risk Communication Class Opportunity

Good morning:

 

The Local Public Health Institute is announcing the date of May 28th  2019 for the next Emergency Risk Communication class.

 

Designed to serve as a bridge between basic risk communication training and Public Information Officer training, this course will help prepare anyone involved in emergency management to be an effective part of a risk communication team. Target audience includes:

  • Allied health professionals
  • EMT/Paramedics
  • Health facility administrators
  • Mental health professionals
  • Physicians
  • Public health professionals
  • Registered nurses.

 

Please share this announcement and attached flyer widely within your HMCC. Registration is free, but spaces are limited.

 

To secure a seat in the class, please Send an Email  to  [email protected] that includes your contact information.

 

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Topsfield Regional Medical Reserve Corp Training Day!

Topsfield Regional Medical Reserve Corps

Conference Day Agenda

May 23, 2019 9:00am-3:30pm

Topsfield Fair Grounds 207 Boston Street

Breakfast*Lunch*Afternoon Snack will be free
To register: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/topsfield-regional-medical-reserve-corps-training-day-everyone-matters-tickets-59107269434

Registration: 9:00am

9:30-10:15 Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency MEMA’s role in a disaster

Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency will present on what role MEMA plays in a disaster response. Regional MEMA reps work closely with local emergency managers to support development of emergency management plans, including mitigation, preparedness, planning, response, recovery, and training activities and will discuss MEMA’s role in disasters and preparedness. 

10:30am-12:00pm Emerging infectious disease – EDS Training- Dr Henry Vaillancourt

Dr. V will be discussing “Emerging and Re-emerging Viral Diseases: What You Need to Know and Fear”, would cover Influenza viruses: what they are; how they change (and the implications for pandemics); Avian & Swine flu (current epidemics and geographic areas of concern); a brief review of MERS, SARS and why they still need watching; a brief update on Ebola ( and where it’s heading); and a few words on some viruses of concern- Monkeypox, and Dengue.

Lunch Break: 12:00-12:45pm

1:00-2:00pm The effect of Opiate use in our communities and NARCAN Training

Mary Wheeler from Healthy Streets in Lynn will discuss the effect of Opiate use in our communities and demonstrate how to administer NARCAN to help MRC volunteers to recognize people that may present symptoms of opiate use and withdrawal or may overdose in a disaster shelter.

2:45-3:15 MRC’s response to the Merrimack Valley Gas Explosions presented by Liisa Jackson Medical Reserve Corps Coordinator/Director

Liisa will be presenting on the MRCs response to the Merrimack Valley’s Gas Explosions caused by excessive pressure in natural gas lines caused explosions and fires, with over 80 individual fires that triggered a 10 Alarm Fire.

30,000 were evacuated from their homes in Andover, North Andover and Lawrence.

The Medical Reserve Corps was activated and through strong MRC partnerships the people affected by the explosions that needed to be sheltered during the evacuations, provided staffing for MEMA’s Resource Recovery Centers, provided Behavioral Health support to those effected by the event and for response staff.

3:15pm Closing remarks

For questions about the event please contact Liisa Jackson at [email protected]

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North Shore Cape Medical Reserve Corp Training Day Registration

            North Shore Cape Medical Reserve Corps

Training Day Agenda

May 16, 2019 9:30am-2:30pm

Salem Old Town Hall 32 Derby Square 
Salem, 
MA 01970 

Breakfast*Lunch*Afternoon Snack will be free
To register: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/north-shore-cape-ann-medical-reserve-corps-training-day-everyone-matters-tickets-57612985992

 

Registration: 9:00am

9:30-10:15 Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency MEMA’s role in a disaster

Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency will present on what role MEMA plays in a disaster response. Regional MEMA reps work closely with local emergency managers to support development of emergency management plans, including mitigation, preparedness, planning, response, recovery, and training activities and will discuss MEMA’s role in disasters and preparedness. 

10:30am-12:00pm Emerging infectious disease – EDS Training- Dr Henry Vaillancourt

Dr. V will be discussing “Emerging and Re-emerging Viral Diseases: What You Need to Know and Fear”, would cover Influenza viruses: what they are; how they change (and the implications for pandemics); Avian & Swine flu (current epidemics and geographic areas of concern); a brief review of MERS, SARS and why they still need watching; a brief update on Ebola ( and where it’s heading); and a few words on some viruses of concern- Monkeypox, and Dengue.

Lunch Break: 12:00-12:45pm

1:00-2:00pm The effect of Opiate use in our communities and NARCAN Training

Mary Wheeler from Healthy Streets in Lynn will discuss The effect of Opiate use in our communities and demonstrate how to administer NARCAN.

2:45-3:15 MRC’s response to the Merrimack Valley Gas Explosions presented by Liisa Jackson Medical Reserve Corps Coordinator/Director

Liisa will be presenting on the MRCs response to the Merrimack Valley’s Gas Explosions caused by excessive pressure in natural gas lines caused explosions and fires, with over 80 individual fires that triggered a 10 Alarm Fire.

30,000 were evacuated from their homes in Andover, North Andover and Lawrence.

The Medical Reserve Corps was activated and through strong MRC partnerships the people affected by the explosions that needed to be sheltered during the evacuations, provided staffing for MEMA’s Resource Recovery Centers, provided Behavioral Health support to those effected by the event and for response staff.

3:15pm Closing remarks

For questions about the event please contact Liisa Jackson at [email protected]

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Hospital Incident Command System Course Registration Open!

Good Morning Everyone,

 

The Region 3 HMCC is hosting the Hospital Incident Command System (HICS) course. The online registration page is now open for the Hospital Incident Command System (HICS) course you will be hosting on June 5. You can share the information (flyer below) with your facilities, all are welcomed to attend. There is no fee for participants to attend the course.

HICS – Response to Emergencies in Healthcare Facilities 2019-6-5

 

There are also accreditations associated with this course.

 

Accreditation: Application has been submitted for 3.5 hours of MA OEMS EMT credits at all levels (Basic, Advanced and Paramedic). This program was designed to meet the requirements of the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Nursing, 244 CMR 5.00 for 4.2 contact hours of nursing continuing education.

 

Hospital Incident Command System (HICS): Response to Emergencies in Healthcare Facilities  

Wednesday, June 5, 2019

8:30 AM – 12:30 PM

Genesis-Hathorne Hill

15 Kirkbride Drive, Danvers, MA 01923

 

Register here: https://delvalle.bphc.org/hics

Overview: This 4-hour course provides an overview of the Hospital Incident Command System (HICS) Fifth Edition. Through practical scenarios and interactive discussions, students will learn the benefits of HICS and its application in a healthcare environment, including adaptations for community health centers and other healthcare settings.
Target Audience: Healthcare facility personnel who may have a direct role in emergency preparedness, incident management, or emergency response during an incident, including Hospital Incident Management Team staff.

Accreditation: See course website for details on continuing education credits for nurses, health officers, and sanitarians.

 

Contact the DelValle Institute at [email protected] for more information.

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