ALERRT Active Shooter Training Announcement

The Northeast Homeland Security Regional Advisory Council (NERAC) is sponsoring four  Advanced Law Enforcement Rapid Response Training (ALERRT) courses to prepare law enforcement officers to isolate, distract, and neutralize an active shooter using a number of tactics and techniques through both classroom and field-based activities, including dynamic force-on-force scenarios.  The courses will take place from August 7th-August 17th in Carlisle and Gloucester.  Each 2-day session will be open to up to 30 officers.  For more detailed information on the dates and locations, please click here Through a partnership between the Bureau of Justice Assistance, the FBI, and Texas State University, NERAC is able to offer these courses free of cost for all attendees.  NERAC will provide backfill/overtime reimbursement at up to $35/hr. To register for any of these courses, please click here.  If you have anyquestions, please contact Tim Moore at tmoore@mapc.org or...

NERAC Newsletter – July 2016

Please click the link below for information on recent trainings and exercises offered by NERAC on active shooter response, community-level cybersecurity preparedness, social media for disaster response and recovery, and school evacuations!  Also included in this edition of the NERAC newsletter are updates on resources such as fit testing machines, portable surveillance cameras, and ambubuses available to Northeast Region stakeholders, and information on the latest National Terrorism Advisory System (NTAS) Bulletin issued by the Department of Homeland Security! NERAC Newsletter – July...

NERAC Discipline Spotlight: Public Safety Communications

NERAC Discipline Spotlight: Public Safety Communications This blog is Part 3 of an 11-part series discussing the NERAC Council’s initiatives over the last 12 years specific to each of the public safety disciplines represented on the Council.  Check back every 2-3 weeks for new posts!   The NERAC Council is committed to the enhancement and expansion of interoperable public safety communications in the region, and has demonstrated this commitment over the years through a wide array of investments into equipment upgrades, system expansions, and sponsored trainings. Chris Ryan, Deputy Director of the Essex County Regional Emergency Communications Center (ECRECC), is the public safety communications representative on the NERAC Council, where he serves as co-chair of the Interoperability Committee and guides their implementation of comprehensive regional public safety communications projects. NERAC has made significant investments into the major command and control systems in the region that first responders rely upon. The Boston Area Police Emergency Radio Network (BAPERN) was developed by the Greater Boston Police Council (GBPC) to facilitate radio communications between law enforcement agencies and is used on a daily basis for regional law enforcement notifications and mutual aid coordination. NERAC has worked to expand BAPERN both geographically and to multi-discipline users. In 2011, NERAC provided BAPERN with voting receiver equipment at two new sites in Andover and Tewksbury to address coverage issues in the Merrimack Valley, and then in 2012, expanded and improved the coverage of BAPERN’s Area Wide 3 and 4 channels in their Northwest District through the addition of equipment at seven (7) new sites.  Additionally, NERAC has provided public works and public health departments throughout the region with portable radios pre-programmed with BAPERN channels to enable them to listen to and participate in these critical communications. NERAC has also invested substantial funding into Fire District 5, 6, 14, and 15 communications. Through these investments, the Council has...

NERAC Discipline Spotlight: Public Health

NERAC Discipline Spotlight: Public Health This blog is Part 2 of an 11-part series discussing the NERAC Council’s initiatives over the last 12 years specific to each of the public safety disciplines represented on the Council.  Check back every 2-3 weeks for new posts!   The NERAC Council supports public health in the region by making critical sheltering equipment and supplies available to municipalities when they need them most, as well as providing funding for regional trainings and exercises. Richard Day, the Health Director for the town of Chelmsford, has been serving as the Council’s public health representative since 2010. Mr. Day also serves as the chair of the NERAC Sheltering Committee, where he guides NERAC’s mass care and sheltering work. In an effort to ensure that municipalities have access to the equipment necessary to establish a shelter, NERAC has purchased 18 regionally available shelter trailers, 3 functional needs support trailers, and 1 animal sheltering trailer. Each shelter trailer is equipped with enough supplies to shelter approximately 100 people, including cots, pillows, blankets, first aid kits, wheelchairs, and a shelter-in-a-box kit. These shelter-in-a-box kits were developed by NERAC and contain the necessities for administering and managing a shelter, such as name tags, writing supplies, hygienic and sanitary supplies, and vests to identify shelter staff. One of these kits has been distributed directly to each municipality in the region as well.  The 3 functional needs support trailers contain specialized equipment such as patient lifts, bariatric wheelchairs, shower chairs, transfer boards, and more to support municipalities when they need to shelter individuals with access or functional needs.  The animal sheltering trailer, which contains crates, feeding, cleaning, and registration/tracking supplies for up to 60 animals, is designed for use at larger shelters where significant numbers of companion animals need to be sheltered.  To assist in establishing local animal sheltering capabilities, NERAC has...

Training Announcement: Social Media for Natural Disaster Response and Recovery (PER-304)

The Northeast Homeland Security Regional Advisory Council (NERAC) is sponsoring a one-day training on the use of social media in disaster response and recovery for public safety professionals that serve the NERAC region and those who support the implementation of their communications plans. Social media can be an invaluable tool in issuing public warnings, directions, and situational updates. When used correctly, social media can also help to monitor public perception of a disaster and to evaluate disaster management efforts. This 8-hour training was developed by the National Disaster Preparedness Training Center at the University of Hawaii to teach emergency management, communications, and public information personnel about the social media tools available to them and the best way to utilize social media before, during, and after a disaster. The course will define social media and its uses and identify the methods and models to properly make use of social media. The curriculum will cover topics such as using social media to identify trends, monitor events, and how to conduct simple data mining of information. Participants will receive hands-on experience in engaging with social media tools and outlets. The training will take place on June 9th from 8:30am to 4:30pm. NERAC will provide backfill and overtime support to any eligible non-salaried personnel that attend the training. Participants must bring a wi-fi enabled device. Additionally, while this is an introductory course, participants must create a Twitter and Facebook account prior to attending the course. Lunch will be provided. For more information and to download the registration form, click here (must be logged in to follow the...

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