Emergency Management

Staff/ Members

Michael Walsh, Emergency Management Director


Mailing Address

Charlemont, MA 01339


Organized towards a Town response to 'All Hazards Emergencies'.

Additional Information

Are you prepared for El Nino

The United States experiences extreme and dangerous weather, and this winter, parts of the U.S. face a particularly severe threat. Forecasts are showing a soon-to-peak El Niño that could deliver drenching conditions to California and throughout the South. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has developed fact sheets on El Niño available at NOAA.  El Niño Impacts by region and the Winter Outlook is available at NOAA El Niño Winter Outlook. These predicted conditions come with an enhanced flood threat and an increase in tornado activity through the spring.
For the next several months, many areas in the United States are at an increased flood risk from El Niño as a direct result of drought and wildfires. Disasters don’t always occur when families are together in one place. Now is the time to put together a family communication plan and talk with your family about ways to contact each other during an emergency, and designate a safe meeting spot. You can also plan ahead by knowing official evacuation routes, and keeping important papers in a safe, waterproof place. Additional tips and resources on how to stay safe and prepare are available at www.ready.gov.



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].

Video Resource


National Resources

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

Open House

Town Open House Photo Gallery [PDF 5.37MB]


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