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Needham LEPC is state-certified

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The Needham Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC) was recently certified by the State Emergency Response Commission. The Local Emergency Planning Committee’s goal is to ensure the community is ready to respond during any emergency. This goal is accomplished by encouraging partnerships between the town, state, local businesses and residents through the exchange of information, mutual planning, and public outreach.

On January 8, Doug Forbes from the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) presented the LEPC Certification to community officials. “I would like to commend all the members of the Needham Local Emergency Planning Committee for their hard work and dedication,” Mr. Forbes said. “Thanks to their efforts, the Town of Needham is a stronger and safer place in which to live and work. The State Emergency Response Commission has unanimously approved the Needham application for State Certification. Congratulations for a job well done!”

“It is great to see a community like Needham invested in planning for emergencies,” said Rebecca Ping, the Town of Needham’s Local Emergency Program coordinator. “The Town leadership is very supportive and the community is very active in helping us plan for the unexpected. A response to any emergency starts locally so it is important to identify risks, detect gaps, and analyze current policies, to improve our response capabilities. I appreciate the LEPCs dedication and hard work to this important mission.”

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