Tri-EPIC was certified by the State Emergency Response Commission as a Regional Emergency Planning Committee in 2008. The group continues to work at improving the emergency response of our systems through grant funded training programs and enhancements to regional resources and assets. Tri-EPIC has become the driving force for preparedness and community response in the southern Worcester County region of Massachusetts.
Governor Baker Proclaims September ‘Emergency Preparedness Month’
Individuals & Families Urged to Prepare for Disasters and Emergencies. In an effort to enhance awareness of the importance of emergency preparedness for individuals and families, Governor Charlie Baker has proclaimed September to be ‘Emergency Preparedness Month’ in the Commonwealth.
MA Department of Public Health - "Zika virus is a mosquito-borne flavivirus (in the same family as yellow fever, dengue and West Nile viruses) previously found largely in Africa and Southeast Asia. Local transmission of Zika virus has not been documented in the continental United States. However, Zika virus infections have been reported in travelers returning to the United States. With the recent outbreaks in the Americas, the number of Zika virus disease cases among travelers visiting or returning to the United States likely will increase."
The John J. Hart Memorial Scholarship was created to honor the life and the lifelong dedication to public safety by John J. Hart. The purpose of this scholarship is to provide scholarships to high school students from Tri-EPIC member towns attending a college or university with a major pertaining to public safety and or public health.
2015 John J. Hart Memorial Scholarship Recipients:
Melissa Mary Knopf – Charlton – Shepherd Hill
Zachary Podedworny – Webster – Bartlett HS
The History of Tri-EPIC REPC
In the aftermath of 9/11/01, with community concern about biological terrorism and violence, Harrington Hospital took on a leadership role and became host to a coordinated effort of local police, fire and other emergency response services.
For the first time, services from Charlton, Sturbridge and Southbridge came together in a joint meeting in October 2001 with local political leaders, healthcare personnel and members of the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency to review risks, to evaluate our abilities and learn to coordinate our responses.
This effort helped to create the Tri-EPIC Group. Since then the Group has been meeting monthly has grown to include the Town of Dudley and the other agencies and organizations listed above. This initial effort was one of the first in Massachusetts and is now used as a model for other communities in Massachusetts.
In 2008, Tri-EPIC was certified by the State Emergency Response Commission as a Regional Emergency Planning Committee. The group continues to work at improving the emergency response of our systems through grant funded training programs and enhancements to regional resources and assets. Tri-EPIC has become the driving force for preparedness and community response in the southern Worcester County region of Massachusetts.
In a major disaster, it might be several days before vital services are restored.
Our region of New England is exposed to a wide variety of hazards, both natural and man-made. Severe winter storms, flooding, fires, power outages, microbursts, HazMat, and missing persons are just some of the potential emergencies we may encounter.
Imagine that you have no electricity, no gas, no water, no TV, no Internet, and no telephone service. Imagine that all the businesses are closed and you are without any kind of emergency services. What will you do until help arrives?
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