Organized towards a Town response to 'All Hazards Emergencies'.
The U.S. Geological Survey in cooperation with FEMA develop flood-inundation maps for the Deerfield River in and nearby Charlemont for a 9.1 mile section from the confluence with Cold Brook downstream to Clesson Brook. The flood-inundation maps are for 15 different river stages from 8.7 to 25.7 ft. These maps cover river stages that are from about bankfull to the 0.2-percent annual exceedance probability (500-year flood) flood flows. The maps are web-based and allow the user to toggle between different flood stages, zoom to particular areas or address, and view the inundated extent and click on the maps and get the approximate flood depths.
The availability of the flood-inundation maps at http://water.usgs.gov/osw/flood_inundation/, combined with information regarding current (near real-time) stage from the USGS Deerfield River at Charlemont streamgage (01168500) in the study reach, can provide emergency management personnel and residents with information to aid in flood response activities, such as evacuations and road closures, and with postflood recovery efforts. The flood-inundation maps are nonregulatory, but provide Federal, State, and local agencies and the public with estimates of the potential extent of flooding during selected peak-flow events
Emergency Notification and Public Interest Message System Deployed for Charlemont
The Town of Charlemont has deployed an Emergency Notification and Public Interest Message system that uses a telephone calling system to alert residents and business in town of an emergency situation that may impact our area. The number for the town hall, 339- 4335 will show up on caller id units. Please do not call the town hall for more information.
In an actual emergency, you would be instructed on what to do and who you should contact for more information.
Attached Flyer: Emergency Notification [PDF 44KB].
National Emergency Preparedness & Management Documents
Information about Presidential Policy Decision-8 (PPD-8) may be accessed on FEMA's website here: https://www.dhs.gov/presidential-policy-directive-8-national-preparedness.
PPD-8 describes the Nation's approach to preparing for the threats and hazards that pose the greatest risk to the security of the United States.
The PPD-8 documents include the National Preparedness Goal and the National Preparedness System.
The National Preparedness System document may be accessed on FEMA's website here: https://www.fema.gov/pdf/prepared/nps_description.pdf.
The National Preparedness System is the instrument the Nation will employ to build, sustain, and deliver those core capabilities in order to achieve the goal of a secure and resilient Nation.
The National Preparedness Goal document may be accessed on FEMA's website here: https://www.fema.gov/pdf/prepared/npg.pdf
National Response Framework: presents the guiding principles that enable all response partners to prepare for and provide a unified national response to disasters and emergencies - from the smallest incident to the largest catastrophe.
The Framework establishes a comprehensive, national, all-hazards approach to domestic incident response. This document may be found on FEMA's NRF Resource Center here: https://www.fema.gov/national-response-framework
National Disaster Recovery Framework. The National Disaster Recovery Framework is a guide that enables effective recovery support to disaster-impacted States, Tribes, Territorial and local jurisdictions.
It provides a flexible structure that enables disaster recovery managers to operate in a unified and collaborative manner. It also focuses on how best to restore, redevelop and revitalize the health, social, economic, natural and environmental fabric of the community and build a more resilient Nation.
This document may be found on FEMA's website here: https://www.fema.gov/pdf/recoveryframework/ndrf.pdf
Homeland Security Presidential Directive-5 (HSPD-5): Management of Domestic Incidents.
This document may be accessed here:
Homeland Security Presidential Directive / HSPD-8: National Preparedness
This directive establishes policies to strengthen the preparedness of the United States to prevent and respond to threatened or actual domestic terrorist attacks, major disasters, and other emergencies by requiring a national domestic all-hazards preparedness goal, establishing mechanisms for improved delivery of Federal preparedness assistance to State and local governments, and outlining actions to strengthen preparedness capabilities of Federal, State, and local entities.
This document may be accessed here: https://fas.org/irp/offdocs/nspd/hspd-8.html
State Resources: Commonwealth of Massachusetts
Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency Documents (MEMA)
The Commonwealth of Massachusetts State Homeland Security Strategy
This document may be found at: http://www.mass.gov/eopss/docs/helpus-helpyou/state-homeland-security-strategy-092307.pdf