Recent prolonged power outages in town triggered the response of several town emergency systems, but also gave rise to some questions about our emergency plans. Here is an update on what town services are available in an emergency.
Thanks to the efforts of many of the town’s first responders, we now have an Emergency Operations Center, located in an office between the Fire Department and the Highway Department. This Center, which can maintain radio contact with Shelburne Falls Emergency Dispatch as well as the Wendell Fire and Police Departments, was staffed and operational during the first days of the power outage. Fire Chief Everett Ricketts was on duty full time, coordinating communication and town emergency servies. Many town residents without water came to the EOC where they could fill water containers.