On February 14, 2012, Wareham Police Chief Richard M. Stanley, Emergency Management Director for the Town of Wareham, and Douglas Forbes, Regional Director for the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) held the first meeting to establish a Local Emergency Management Committee (LEPC).
The mission of the LEPC is to partner with federal, state, and local government agencies to rapidly recover from large and small disasters. This is accomplished by assessing and mitigating hazards, enhancing preparedness, ensuring effective response, and building the capacity to recover.
For the first time ever in just under twelve weeks, the Town of Wareham earned “Start Up” Certification from MEMA. Director Forbes made the formal presentation last evening to the Board of Selectmen at their regularly scheduled weekly meeting.
Members of the Wareham LEPC include public safety personnel from Wareham Police, Wareham and Onset Fire departments, Harbormaster’s office, EMS, Board of Health, Municipal Maintenance, Tobey Hospital, and local resident John Wiliszowski, a client executive with IBM computer systems.
In addition, interns in the Emergency Management undergraduate program at the Massachusetts Maritime Academy, Jeremy Letson and Kyle Sleek, were instrumental in the formulation of a Comprehensive Emergency Management Plan (CEMP) for the town.
The CEMP is a labor intensive document that requires gathering and inputting data such as emergency contacts, escape routes, mapping flood zones, identifying emergency shelters etc. Letson and Sleek were presented with certificates of recognition for their tireless efforts in putting this plan together.
Douglas Forbes praised the efforts of the LEPC and said, “Wareham is a better place with this plan in place and Wareham’s program is one of the best I have seen to date.” Chief Stanley thanked all of the LEPC members for their dedication to the program while Deputy Director, Lt. John Walcek stated, “We are now a better prepared town and the teamwork and cooperation between town departments has been commendable.”
Chief Stanley’s future goal is to attain “Full” certification with MEMA for the town and has already started the process with a meeting of all LEPC members scheduled for this week.
Wareham Police Chief Richard Stanley is proud to announce the grand opening of the Wareham Police Department’s Onset Substation, which will also serve as an Information and Welcome Center in the Onset Village. The substation, which is the former Onset Water District Office building, is located at #240 Onset Avenue on the corner of Longwood Avenue. The opening of the Onset Substation will be held at 5:00 pm on Friday, May 25, 2012.
The Onset Village Substation will serve as a welcome center for area residents and visitors to the Onset Center area, and will be manned by citizen volunteers and officers of the Wareham Police Department during hours yet to be determined. The goal of the substation is to provide assistance, information, and general police related services to citizens in the area, as well to be a place where the public can meet with officers, or just stop in to say hello.
Chief Stanley and the men and women of the Wareham Police Department would like to thank the members of the Onset Fire District Prudential Committee for their consideration with regard to the use of the former Onset Water District Office building, which is owned by the Onset Water District. The opening of the substation would not be possible without the cooperation, understanding, and assistance of the Onset Prudential Committee members Marcine Fernandes and Winna Dean, as well as Clerk Treasurer Mary McCoy.
The Onset Village Substation will greatly aid the Wareham Police Department’s efforts in improving quality of life issues in Onset and surrounding areas, while creating a safer environment for residents, visitors, and area businesses. The Wareham Police Department is confident that the Onset Village Substation is destined to be an integral part of the fabric of the Village of Onset and the surrounding community.
MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC ARE WELCOME TO ATTEND THE GRAND OPENING OF THE ONSET VILLAGE SUBSTATION
MAY 25, 2012 AT 5:00 PM
#240 ONSET AVENUE, ONSET, MA