The Barnstable County Regional Emergency Planning Executive Committee is comprised of representatives from across Cape Cod in both public and private sectors. Current seats are filled as follows:
BCREPC Co-Chair Chief Phillip Simonian
BCREPC Co-Chair Chief Heath Eldridge
Barnstable County Sheriff
(2) Appointed Fire Chief
(2) Appointed Police Chief
(1) Appointed Town Manager
(1) Utility Representative
(1) Barnstable County Health and Environment Representative
The BCREPC coordinates a shelter subcommittee which facilitates discussions and coordination between all the shelter partners supporting the regional shelter program. The members of this committee are comprised of the local communities and volunteer partners who support and help staff the shelters.
During disasters and emergencies, the resources of local public safety agencies resources can be stretched to the limit as an incident expands in duration, size, scope, or complexity.
That’s why the Barnstable County Regional Emergency Planning Committee (BCREPC) created the Barnstable County All-Hazards Incident Management Team (BCAHIMT) — to provide essential behind-the-scenes support functions enabling agencies to focus resources and concentrate on achieving incident objectives.
Highly Trained and ICS Compliant
The BCAHIMT follows FEMA Incident Command and Incident Management standards. It uses ICS standard operating procedures within the framework of the National Incident Management System (NIMS).
Highly qualified BCAHIMT personnel are available for all ICS Command and General Staff positions:
- Incident Command
- Public information
- Multi-agency coordination
BCAHIMT deployment is flexible. Personnel can be deployed as a complete team, incrementally, or individually as the incident warrants.
Team members – employed and retired – are drawn from the ranks of fire, police, health, public works, utilities, medical, and private-sector organizations — diversity is key to a successful team
Planned Public Events
Fortunately, major disasters and emergencies are few and far between. But planned public events including parades, fairs and festivals, fireworks display, flu clinics, and road races are a common occurrence. The BCAHIMT is available to assist public agencies and non-governmental organizations in the management of large-scale planned events.
Multi-Agency Coordination Center (MACC)
The Barnstable County Department of Health and the Environment, Emergency Preparedness Division operates the Barnstable County Multi-Agency Coordination Center, a NIMS standard entity. The MACC is designed to provide local Emergency Operations Centers (EOCs) with resources and information during major countywide or regional incidents. The MACC captures, consolidates, and coordinates local requirements and communicates and coordinates with regional, state, federal, utility, and non-governmental resources to deliver requested support to the local communities. When the BCAHIMT is activated, the MACC provides technical support to the team as needed.
Overall responsibility for an incident is with the Authority Having Jurisdiction. The BCAHIMT will provide support and consultation to Incident Command or Unified Command. Only by delegation of authority from the local Authority Having Jurisdiction would the BCAHIMT assume incident command.
- Team Leader: Robert Brown, Dennis Fire Department Chief
- Deputy Team Leader: David Pelonzi, Bourne Fire Deputy Chief
- Coordinator: Mike Walker, Barnstable County Emergency Management
Documents and Presentations
The mission of the Cape Cod Citizen Corps Council is to harness the power of every individual through education, training and volunteer service to make Cape Cod safer, stronger, and better prepared to respond to the threats of terrorism, crime, public health issues and disasters of all kinds.
Active Members of the Cape Cod Citizen Corps Council
The Cape Cod Citizen Corps Council is comprised of representatives of various Citizen Corps component and affiliate programs in Barnstable County:
- CERT: Community Emergency Response Teams
- ARC: American Red Cross of the Cape & Islands
- Elder Services of Cape Cod
- ARES: Amateur Radio Emergency Services
- Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe – Emergency Preparedness
- DART: Disaster Animal Response Team
- Barnstable County Regional Emergency Planning Committee
- Cape Cod Medical Reserve Corps
- New York Life – Business community partner
What does the Cape Cod Citizen Corps Council work on?
The Cape Cod Citizen Corps Council works to promote citizen involvement in various emergency preparedness and response programs. The members continue to develop a peer-to-peer network of program coordinators in the Cape Cod community. The Barnstable County Department of Health and Environment is the host agency to the CC CCC. BCDHE organizes regional meetings, training opportunities, shares best practices through the BC Regional Emergency Planning Committee, and provides technical assistance to program managers involved in Citizen Corps Council.
The Cape Cod Citizens Corps Council meets monthly and reports as a subcommittee to the Barnstable County Regional Emergency Planning Committee.
The American Red Cross exists to provide compassionate care to those in need. Our network of generous donors, volunteers and employees share a mission of preventing and relieving suffering, here at home and around the world, through five key service areas:
- Disaster Relief
The Red Cross responds to approximately 70,000 disasters in the United States every year, ranging from home fires that affect a single family to hurricanes that affect tens of thousands, to earthquakes that impact millions.
- Supporting America’s Military Families
The Red Cross helps military members, veterans and their families prepare for, cope with, and respond to the challenges of military service. Emergency communications, training, support to wounded warriors and veterans, and access to community resources help an average of 150,000 military families and veterans annually.
- Lifesaving Blood
Your donations of blood are what make the American Red Cross the largest single supplier of blood and blood products in the U.S. Each year, nearly 4 million people donate blood through the Red Cross, helping to provide more than 40% of America’s blood supply.
- Health and Safety Services
The Red Cross is the nation’s leading provider of health and safety courses, such as CPR, First Aid and Lifeguard training. Each year, more than 9 million Americans participate in our training programs, including first responders, educators, babysitters, and people who want to be prepared to help others in an emergency.
- International Services
The American Red Cross is part of the world’s largest humanitarian network with 13 million volunteers in 187 countries. Working together, we help respond to disasters, build safer communities, and teach the rules of war. Each year, we reach an average of more than 100 million people across the globe.
Cape, Islands & Southeast Massachusetts
The Cape, Islands and Southeast Massachusetts Chapter serves a population of more than 1, 273,000 people in the 15 towns of Barnstable County and the islands of Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket and Bristol, Plymouth, and Dukes Counties. We are part of the Massachusetts Region of the Red Cross.
286 South Street, Hyannis, MA, 02601
The members of Cape and Islands Health Agent Coalition
work collaboratively to enhance our communities on Cape Cod, Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket through our capacity to share resources, information and ongoing trainings that prepares us to respond to public health threats and emergencies, including terrorism and outbreaks of infectious diseases.
Specifically, coalition members will work collaboratively to:
- Assess and monitor regional emergency planning and response needs;
- Make funding decisions to enhance regional emergency planning and public health response capacity;
- Submit plans, needs, and requests to the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, Center for Emergency Preparedness;
- Be accountable and responsible for the use of CDC funding;
- Coordinate with other public health coalitions to ensure that all municipalities in the Southeast Region are represented in a coalition and to enhance overall preparedness throughout the Region;
- Share knowledge, lessons learned, and best practices throughout the Commonwealth by participating in regional and statewide meetings;
- Coordinate efforts to further emergency preparedness with other existing regional or local plans (e.g., MEMA); and
- Meet the other goals associated with the Massachusetts Department of Public Health Emergency Preparedness initiatives as well as other regional public health efforts.
Membership of the Cape & Islands Health Agents Coalition consists of a member or designee of the local public health authority for the following cities/towns in this sub-regional coalition: Aquinnah, Barnstable, Bourne, Brewster, Chatham, Chilmark, Dennis, Eastham, Edgartown, Falmouth, Gosnold, Harwich, Mashpee, Nantucket, Oak Bluffs, Orleans, Provincetown, Sandwich, Tisbury, Truro, Wellfleet, West Tisbury, Yarmouth. Each member has one (1) vote, for a total of 23 votes for this sub-regional coalition in Region 5 of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
Program Contact Information
Amy L. Alati, Coordinator
Hazardous Materials Specialist/Laboratory Safety Officer
Barnstable County Superior Courthouse Complex – Old Jail Building
3195 Main Street/P.O. Box 427
Barnstable, Massachusetts 02630
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.
Region 2 – Contacts
Region 1 & 2 Manager
Region 2 Coordinator
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