NEWS & EVENTS

Information and news that affect the public health, upcoming emergency preparedness trainings/events as well as media coverage relevant to the Emergency Preparedness Region 4b.

PRESS RELEASES & ARTICLES

MARCH 6, 2013

The Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) encourages preparations for coastal storm and warns coastal communities to brace for the next impactful event. [Read more…]

AUGUST 31, 2012

The Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH) today announced that a fourth human case of West Nile virus (WNV) has been confirmed in the state. The patient, a Newton woman in her 50s, was briefly hospitalized and is recovering. [Read more…]

JULY 25, 2012

The Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH) today announced that Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) has been found in mammal-biting mosquitoes in the town of Canton. The town’s risk level has now been raised to “high.” [Read more…]

FEBRUARY 9, 2012

The Indiana Department of Health recently announced that a case of measles has been confirmed in a child who was infectious while attending pre-game activities at the “Super Bowl Village” in Indianapolis, Indiana, during the afternoon and evening of Friday February 3, 2012. [Read more…]

OCTOBER 31, 2011

State Health Officials Warn Residents of Hazards Following Winter Storm

Loss of power related to the weekend storm has resulted in many residents seeking alternative sources of heat and power. The operation of gasoline, oil or other combustible fuel electrical generators produces carbon monoxide which poses an extreme health hazard if used indoors without proper ventilation. Please see the attached advisory for information regarding generator safety. [Read more…]

AUGUST 27, 2011

MASSACHUSETTS REGIONAL RED CROSS SHELTERS OPENED AS OF 6:00P.M. ON SATURDAY, AUGUST 27th

Click here for a list of shelters

JULY 20, 2011

MEMA Advises Caution during this Extremely Hot Weather

With the extremely hot weather the Commonwealth is experiencing, the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) is advising people to be cautious and is offering some tips to help keep cool and safe. [Read more…]

JANUARY 24, 2011

MEMA Offers Precautions for Extreme Cold Weather

“According to the National Weather Service forecast, we can anticipate extremely low temperatures throughout the region for the next few days. Therefore, we all should consider taking precautions to minimize the dangers presented by such severe weather…” [Read more…]

Governor Patrick Urges Residents to take Precautions during Extreme Cold Weather

Following a briefing with top public safety, emergency management and housing officials today, Governor Deval Patrick urged residents across the Commonwealth to take extra precautions during the period of dangerously cold weather. [Read more…]

SEPTEMBER 2, 2010

Preparation for Hurricane Earl

As Hurricane Earl approaches, The Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) recommends a number of steps people can take to help minimize potential damage. [Read more…]

SEPTEMBER 1, 2010

FEMA Administrator Fugate Kicks Off National Preparedness Month

Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Administrator Craig Fugate kicked off the seventh annual National Preparedness Month to talk about the importance of family and community emergency preparedness. [Read more…]

AUGUST 25, 2010

Advisory on Cooking of Shell Eggs

The Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MDPH) is reminding the public of the importance of thoroughly cooking eggs and egg products to prevent food borne illness.
[Read more…] [En Español…] [Em Português…]

JULY 27, 2010

EEE Alert Level Raised in Southeastern Massachusetts

On July 27th, the Massachusetts Department of Public Health announced that the risk for Eastern Equine Encephalitis in people have increased in a large part of southeastern Massachusetts. [Read more…]

EEE Public Health Fact Sheet Mosquito Repellents Public Health Fact Sheet JUNE 15, 2010

H1N1 Debrief and Volunteer Appreciation Event

On June 15th, the Cohasset, Hingham, Hull, and Norwell Scituate Boards of Health co-hosted an H1N1 Debrief and Volunteer Appreciation Event. [Read more…]

EVENTS

June

Region 4b Public Health Emergency Preparedness Coalition Meeting

The monthly meeting of the Region 4b Public Health Emergency Preparedness (PHEP) Coalition will take place on Wednesday, June 17, 2015 in Canton. For the agenda, click here.

May

Region 4b Public Health Emergency Preparedness Coalition Meeting

The monthly meeting of the Region 4b Public Health Emergency Preparedness (PHEP) Coalition will take place on Wednesday, May 20, 2015 in Canton. For the agenda, click here.

March

Region 4b Public Health Emergency Preparedness Coalition Meeting

The monthly meeting of the Region 4b Public Health Emergency Preparedness (PHEP) Coalition will take place on Wednesday, March 18, 2015 in Canton. For the agenda, click here.

January

Region 4b Public Health Emergency Preparedness Coalition Meeting

The monthly meeting of the Region 4b Public Health Emergency Preparedness (PHEP) Coalition will take place on Wednesday, January 21, 2015 in Canton. For the agenda, click here.

December

Region 4b Public Health Emergency Preparedness Coalition Meeting

The monthly meeting of the Region 4b Public Health Emergency Preparedness (PHEP) Coalition will take place on Wednesday, December 17, 2014 in Canton. For the agenda, click here.

November

Region 4b Public Health Emergency Preparedness Coalition Meeting

The monthly meeting of the Region 4b Public Health Emergency Preparedness (PHEP) Coalition will take place on Saturday, November 15, 2014 in Canton. For the agenda, click here.

October

Region 4b Public Health Emergency Preparedness Coalition Meeting

The monthly meeting of the Region 4b Public Health Emergency Preparedness (PHEP) Coalition will take place on Wednesday, October 15, 2014 in Framingham. For the agenda, click here.

September

Region 4b Public Health Emergency Preparedness Coalition Meeting

The monthly meeting of the Region 4b Public Health Emergency Preparedness (PHEP) Coalition will take place on Wednesday, September 17, 2014 in Canton. For the agenda, click here.

July

Region 4b Public Health Emergency Preparedness Coalition Meeting

The monthly meeting of the Region 4b Public Health Emergency Preparedness (PHEP) Coalition will take place on Wednesday, July 16, 2014 in Needham. For the agenda, click here.

June

Region 4b Public Health Emergency Preparedness Coalition Meeting

The monthly meeting of the Region 4b Public Health Emergency Preparedness (PHEP) Coalition will take place on Wednesday, June 18, 2014 in Needham. For the agenda, click here.

April

Region 4b Public Health Emergency Preparedness Coalition Meeting

The monthly meeting of the Region 4b Public Health Emergency Preparedness (PHEP) Coalition will take place on Wednesday, April 16, 2014 in Needham. For the agenda, click here.

March

Region 4b Public Health Emergency Preparedness Coalition Meeting

The monthly meeting of the Region 4b Public Health Emergency Preparedness (PHEP) Coalition will take place on Wednesday, March 19, 2014 in Needham. For the agenda, click here.

February

Region 4b Public Health Emergency Preparedness Coalition Meeting

The monthly meeting of the Region 4b Public Health Emergency Preparedness (PHEP) Coalition will take place on Wednesday, February 19, 2014 in Needham. For the agenda, click here.

JANUARY

Region 4b Public Health Emergency Preparedness Coalition Meeting

The monthly meeting of the Region 4b Public Health Emergency Preparedness (PHEP) Coalition will take place on Wednesday, January 15, 2014 in Needham. For the agenda, click here.

DECEMBER

Region 4b Public Health Emergency Preparedness Coalition Meeting

The monthly meeting of the Region 4b Public Health Emergency Preparedness (PHEP) Coalition will take place on Wednesday, December 18, 2013 in Needham. For the agenda, click here.

OCTOBER

Region 4b Public Health Emergency Preparedness Coalition Meeting

The monthly meeting of the Region 4b Public Health Emergency Preparedness (PHEP) Coalition will take place on Wednesday, October 16, 2013 in Needham. For the agenda, click here.

SEPTEMBER

Region 4b Public Health Emergency Preparedness Coalition Meeting

The monthly meeting of the Region 4b Public Health Emergency Preparedness (PHEP) Coalition will take place on Wednesday, September 18, 2013 in Needham. For the agenda, click here.

JULY

Region 4b Public Health Emergency Preparedness Coalition Meeting

The monthly meeting of the Region 4b Public Health Emergency Preparedness (PHEP) Coalition will take place on Wednesday, July 17, 2013 in Needham. For the agenda, click here..

JUNE

Region 4b Public Health Emergency Preparedness Coalition Meeting

The monthly meeting of the Region 4b Public Health Emergency Preparedness (PHEP) Coalition will take place on Wednesday, June 19, 2013 in Needham. For the agenda, click here.

MAY

Region 4b Public Health Emergency Preparedness Coalition Meeting

The monthly meeting of the Region 4b Public Health Emergency Preparedness (PHEP) Coalition will take place on Wednesday, May 15, 2013 in Needham. For the agenda, click here.

APRIL

Region 4b Public Health Emergency Preparedness Coalition Meeting

The monthly meeting of the Region 4b Public Health Emergency Preparedness (PHEP) Coalition will take place on Wednesday, April 17, 2013 in Needham. For the agenda, click here.

MARCH

Region 4b Public Health Emergency Preparedness Coalition Meeting

The monthly meeting of the Region 4b Public Health Emergency Preparedness (PHEP) Coalition will take place on Wednesday, March 20, 2013 in Needham. For the agenda, click here.

FEBRUARY

Region 4b Public Health Emergency Preparedness Coalition Meeting

The monthly meeting of the Region 4b Public Health Emergency Preparedness (PHEP) Coalition will take place on Wednesday, February 20, 2013 in Needham. For the agenda, click here.

JANUARY

Region 4b Public Health Emergency Preparedness Coalition Meeting

The monthly meeting of the Region 4b Public Health Emergency Preparedness (PHEP) Coalition will take place on Wednesday, January 16, 2013 in Needham. For the agenda, click here.

DECEMBER

Region 4b Public Health Emergency Preparedness Coalition Meeting

The monthly meeting of the Region 4b Public Health Emergency Preparedness (PHEP) Coalition will take place on Wednesday, December 19, 2012 in Needham. For the agenda, click here.

OCTOBER

Region 4b Public Health Emergency Preparedness Coalition Meeting

The monthly meeting of the Region 4b Public Health Emergency Preparedness (PHEP) Coalition will take place on Wednesday, October 17, 2012 in Needham. For the agenda, click here.

SEPTEMBER

Region 4b Public Health Emergency Preparedness Coalition Meeting

The monthly meeting of the Region 4b Public Health Emergency Preparedness (PHEP) Coalition will take place on Wednesday, September 19, 2012 in Needham. For the agenda, click here.

JUNE

Region 4b Public Health Emergency Preparedness Coalition Meeting

The monthly meeting of the Region 4b Public Health Emergency Preparedness (PHEP) Coalition will take place on Wednesday, June 20, 2012 in Needham. For the agenda, click here.

MAY

Region 4b Public Health Emergency Preparedness Coalition Meeting

The monthly meeting of the Region 4b Public Health Emergency Preparedness (PHEP) Coalition will take place on Wednesday, May 16, 2012 in Needham. For the agenda, click here.

APRIL

Region 4b Public Health Emergency Preparedness Coalition Meeting

The monthly meeting of the Region 4b Public Health Emergency Preparedness (PHEP) Coalition will take place on Wednesday, April 18, 2012 in Needham. For the agenda, click here.

MARCH

Region 4b Medical Reserve Corps Training Conference

Join us for a free all-day Saturday training event at Olin College located in Needham, MA on Saturday, March 24, 2012. Click here to learn more.

Region 4b Public Health Emergency Preparedness Coalition Meeting

The monthly meeting of the Region 4b Public Health Emergency Preparedness (PHEP) Coalition will take place on Wednesday, March 21, 2012 in Needham. For the agenda, click here.

FEBRUARY

Region 4b Public Health Emergency Preparedness Coalition Meeting

The monthly meeting of the Region 4b Public Health Emergency Preparedness (PHEP) Coalition will take place on Wednesday, February 15, 2012 in Needham. For the agenda, click here.

JANUARY

Region 4b Public Health Emergency Preparedness Coalition Meeting

The monthly meeting of the Region 4b Public Health Emergency Preparedness (PHEP) Coalition will take place on Wednesday, January 18, 2012 in Needham. For the agenda, click here.

Region 4b MRC Training Calendar

The Medical Reserve Corp (MRC) training schedule is for January, 2012 through February, 2012. As always, please feel free to attend any training that fits your schedule.
To view the training calendar, click here.

DECEMBER

Region 4b Public Health Emergency Preparedness Coalition Meeting

The monthly meeting of the Region 4b Public Health Emergency Preparedness (PHEP) Coalition will take place on Wednesday, December 21, 2011 in Needham.
For the agenda, click here.

NOVEMBER

Region 4b Public Health Emergency Preparedness Coalition Meeting

The monthly meeting of the Region 4b Public Health Emergency Preparedness (PHEP) Coalition will take place on Wednesday, November 16, 2011 in Needham.
For the agenda, click here.

OCTOBER

Region 4b Public Health Emergency Preparedness Coalition Meeting

The monthly meeting of the Region 4b Public Health Emergency Preparedness (PHEP) Coalition will take place on Wednesday, October 19, 2011 in Needham.
For the agenda, click here.

SEPTEMBER

Region 4b Public Health Emergency Preparedness Coalition Meeting

The monthly meeting of the Region 4b Public Health Emergency Preparedness (PHEP)
Coalition will take place on Wednesday, September 21, 2011 in Needham.
For the agenda, click here.

Hull Board of Health Provides Flu Vaccinations at Annual Waterfront Festival

Hull Board of Health took advantage of Hull's 8th Annual Endless Summer Waterfront
Festival on September 17th, 2011 to offer flu vaccinations. Hull Health Director Joyce
Sullivan and Public Health Nurse Robin Killeen vaccinated over 100 people in 2 hours
and only stopped when they ran out of supplies. The Hull Board of Health plans to
repeat this hugely successful initiative at next year’s festival and will expand to 4 hours.
Click here to view pictures from the event.

Brookline's 3rd Annual MRC/CERT Volunteer Appreciation Reception

Brookline's 3rd Annual CERT and MRC Volunteer Appreciation Reception took place on
September 15th at Hunneman Hall in Brookline. Chief Daniel O'Leary, Dr. Alan Balsam
and the Brookline Emergency Management Team sponsored the event. The Brookline
MRC Leadership Team was awarded the 2nd Annual Trudy Cohen Volunteer Service
Award and Kathleen Conley Norbut, the Region 1 MRC Coordinator, discussed her
experience during the June 1, 2011 tornadoes in Western MA. The evening ended with
networking and a sing-along accompanied on guitar by Dr. Alan Balsam. A good time
was had by all.
Click here to view pictures from the event.

AUGUST

Region 4b Public Health Emergency Preparedness Coalition Meeting

The monthly meeting of the Region 4b Public Health Emergency Preparedness (PHEP)
Coalition will take place on Wednesday, August 17, 2011 in Needham.
For the agenda, click here.

JUNE

Region 4b Public Health Emergency Preparedness Coalition Meeting

The monthly meeting of the Region 4b Public Health Emergency Preparedness (PHEP)
Coalition will take place on Wednesday, June 15, 2011 in Needham.
For the agenda, click here.

MAY

Region 4b Public Health Emergency Preparedness Coalition Meeting

The monthly meeting of the Region 4b Public Health Emergency Preparedness (PHEP)
Coalition will take place on Wednesday, May 18, 2011 in Needham.
For the agenda, click here.

APRIL

Region 4b Public Health Emergency Preparedness Coalition Meeting

The monthly meeting of the Region 4b Public Health Emergency Preparedness (PHEP)
Coalition will take place on Wednesday, April 20, 2011 in Needham.
For the agenda, click here.

MARCH

Region 4b Public Health Emergency Preparedness Coalition Meeting

The monthly meeting of the Region 4b Public Health Emergency Preparedness (PHEP)
Coalition will take place on Wednesday, March 16, 2011 in Needham.
For the agenda, click here.

MARCH 19, 2011

Region 4B MRC Host Training Event

On March 19th, the four federally recognized Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) in Region 4b hosted an all day training event at Olin College in Needham. One hundred and twenty seven MRC volunteers from 24 of the 27 Region 4b communities attended. The keynote speaker was Rear Admiral Mike Milner, the Regional Health Administrator in Region I, from the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health. Managing Mass Fatalities, Scene Safety and Decontamination, Emotional Resilience for Disaster Workers, CPR and First Aid were among the trainings offered. The Needham Fire Department also demonstrated how to set up a portable hazardous materials decontamination unit. All involved agreed that the day was a resounding success!
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FEBRUARY

Region 4b Public Health Emergency Preparedness Coalition Meeting

The monthly meeting of the Region 4b Public Health Emergency Preparedness (PHEP)
Coalition will take place on Wednesday, February 16, 2011 in Needham.
For the agenda, click here.

JANUARY

Region 4b Public Health Emergency Preparedness Coalition Meeting

The monthly meeting of the Region 4b Public Health Emergency Preparedness (PHEP)
Coalition will take place on Wednesday, January 19, 2011 in Needham.
For the agenda, click here.

DECEMBER

Region 4b Public Health Emergency Preparedness Coalition Meeting

The monthly meeting of the Region 4b Public Health Emergency Preparedness (PHEP)
Coalition will take place on Wednesday, December 15, 2010 in Needham.
For the agenda, click here.

NOVEMBER

Region 4b Public Health Emergency Preparedness Coalition Meeting

The monthly meeting of the Region 4b Public Health Emergency Preparedness (PHEP)
Coalition will take place on Wednesday, November 17, 2010 in Needham.
For the agenda, click here.

Seasonal and H1N1 Flu Clinic (Hanover, MA)

The Boards of Health of Cohasset, Hanover, Hingham, Hull, Norwell and Scituate are hosting a flu clinic on November 10th from 4-6pm at Hanover Mall located at 1775 Washington St, Hanover, MA 02339. The clinic will be open to all residence and the vaccine will be offered free of charge to all adults and children ages 9 and up. Free parking is also available. The clinic will be located closest to the Walmart parking lot of Hanover mall. For more details, click here.
Registration forms for the flu clinic are available here.

SEPTEMBER

Emergency Preparedness Month

In an effort to reach state, local and ethnic media, Region 4b outreached to several media sources to promote the importance of being prepared during September’s National Preparedness Month. The following local and ethnic newspapers published articles:

Hispanic/Latino Media:
El Planeta (September 20, 2010)
Vocero Hispano (September 24, 2010)
Portuguese Media:
O Jornal (September 17, 2010)
Hindi Media:
India New England (September 1, 2010)
Lokvani (September 1, 2010)
Vrindavana Preservation Society (September 2010)
Local Media:
Norwood Press (September 2, 2010)
Westwood Patch (September 22, 2010)
Cambridge Chronicle (September 8, 2010)
JUNE

Home Safety Month

JUNE 15, 2010

H1N1 Debrief and Volunteer Appreciation Event

On June 15th, the Cohasset, Hingham, Hull, Norwell and Scituate Boards of Health co-hosted a Medical Reserve Corp volunteer appreciation event, including a debrief of this year’s State N1H1 response and an emergency preparedness at home training. The purpose of this event was to engage and prepare their volunteers for the upcoming influence season and learn the lessons and best practices of the past influenza season. Special guest included Donna Lazorik with the Massachusetts Department of Public Health and Representative Garrett J. Bradley (D-Hingham).

Articles: Cohasset Mariner: Forum on H1N1 Response, Flu Readiness is Tuesday

Hingham Journal: Forum on H1N1 Response, Flu Readiness is Tuesday Norwell Mariner: Norwell Health Board to be Part of H1N1 Debrief Meeting Scituate Mariner: Boards of Health Hosting Flu Debrief

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