September is National Preparedness Month and recent events – from major hurricanes in the Caribbean and American Southeast, to the observance of the sixteenth anniversary of the 9/11 attacks – remind us that disaster readiness must remain a top priority.
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This week on 22News InFocus our panel of guests will address the issues surrounding the preparation and relief efforts involved in large scale natural disaster planning. They will discuss the strategies employed to provide situational updates and information on essential services to a large population. You’ll also learn about how the state and community combine resources to create a plan and find supportive funding.
To select the vendor, a request for proposals was developed by the Pioneer Valley Regional Bikeshare Committee, an organization convened by the Pioneer Valley Planning Commission that has representation for UMass and all five participating communities on it.
Dillon Sussman, a senior planner with the Pioneer Valley Planning Committee, said that the PVPC partnered with the town to organize some of the day’s events.
Officials at the 439th Airlift Wing at Westover, with the help of the Pioneer Valley Planning Commission, are embarking on a year-long Joint Land Use Study of the air base and the adjacent Westover Metropolitan Airport.