Emergency Management


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The Plainville Emergency Management Agency (EMA) is responsible for the overall emergency preparedness planning for the Town of Plainville. Plainville EMA combines resources from various town departments, those from the public and private sectors and professional and volunteers to better serve and help prepare and deal with emergency and non-emergency situations in the Town of Plainville. 

Plainville EMA is also responsible for activating and staffing the Town of Plainville's Emergency Operations Center (EOC). The EOC is staffed with senior level Town of Plainville officials from various town departments when called upon during an emergency or non-emergency situation. These members are responsible for dealing with any type of emergency that may impact the Town of Plainville. The Town of Plainville also uses assets from the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) and other mutual aid partners when needed. The town also maintains a Comprehensive Emergency Management Pan (CEMP), that is specific to Plainville. This document outlines specific plans on how the EOC staff will deal with any given situation in town and also a continuation of government. 



Plainville EMA is currently seeking individuals that are interested in volunteering for our Community Emergency Response Team (CERT). If interested or would like more information, please email us. The CERT team is a group of volunteers that would be activated during emergency/ non-emergency incidents to assist the Emergency Management staff as necessary. For more information about CERT teams, click here


Be Prepared


-Listen to weather forecasts and check your supplies

Listen to weather forecasts regularly and check your emergency supplies, including your emergency food and water supply, whenever you are expecting a winter storm or extreme cold. Even though we can’t always predict extreme cold in advance, weather forecasts can sometimes give you several days of notice to prepare.

-Bring your pets indoors

If you have pets, bring them indoors. If you cannot bring them inside, provide adequate shelter to keep them warm and make sure they have access to unfrozen water.

-Weatherproof your home

  • Insulate any water lines that run along exterior walls so your water supply will be less likely to freeze
  • Caulk and weather-strip doors and windows
  • Insulate walls and attic
  • Install storm or thermal-pane windows or cover windows with plastic from the inside
  • Repair roof leaks and cut away tree branches that could fall on your home or other structure during a storm

-Have your chimney or flue inspected each year

If you plan to use a fireplace or wood stove for emergency heating, have your chimney or flue inspected each year. Ask your local fire department to recommend an inspector or find one online.

-Install a smoke detector and a battery-operated carbon monoxide detector

  •  If you’ll be using a fireplace, wood stove, or kerosene heater, install a smoke detector and a battery-operated carbon monoxide detector near the area to be heated. Test them monthly and replace batteries twice a year.
  •  Keep a multipurpose, dry-chemical fire extinguisher nearby.
  •  All fuel-burning equipment should be vented to the outside.
  •  Each winter season have your furnace system and vent checked by a qualified technician to ensure they are functioning properly.

-Create an emergency car kit

It is best to avoid traveling, but if travel is necessary, keep the following in your car:

  • Cell phone, portable charger, and extra batteries
  • Items to stay warm such as extra hats, coats, mittens, and blankets
  • Windshield scraper
  • Shovel
  • Battery-powered radio with extra batteries
  • Flashlight with extra batteries
  • Water and snack food
  • First aid kit with any necessary medications and a pocket knife
  • Tow chains or rope
  • Tire chains
  • Canned compressed air with sealant for emergency tire repair
  • Cat litter or sand to help tires get traction, or road salt to melt ice
  • Booster cables with fully charged battery or jumper cables
  • Hazard or other reflectors
  • Bright colored flag or help signs, emergency distress flag, and/or emergency flares
  • Road maps
  • Waterproof matches and a can to melt snow for water

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