MA Chemical Safety and Climate Change Preparedness Training

MRPC was awarded a grant from the MA Office of Technical Assistance and Technology (OTA) and the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to sponsor workshops designed to educate city officials, community leaders, Local Emergency Planning Committees (LEPCs) and businesses about the toxic chemicals stored, used and transported through their communities.

MRPC and OTA will be hosting trainings for local authorities and vulnerable facilities to help raise awareness on the issue and as part of their emergency preparedness plans. The trainings will build models for incorporating toxics use reduction into community and regional emergency preparedness and climate resiliency planning and supply toxics users with the tools they need to prevent industrial accidents. MRPC will also enlist the voluntary participation of Massachusetts toxics users in participating in the hosted chemical safety trainings.

The first training was held on September 28, 2017 at the Devens Eco-Effficiency Center.  Presentations were madee by OTA, EPA ande ESIS. To view the presentations click:

Preparing for Natural Disasters

Emergency Planning 101

OTA Resources

MRPC is collaborating with OTA, EPA, and ESIS Health, Safety & Environmental to develop chemical safety trainings and pollution prevention assessment tools that can be used and adopted in future climate change preparedness planning after the course of this project. The goal is to make our region’s communities more capable of addressing climate change-related disasters by providing critical information and thoughtful preparation needed for targeted planning.


If you are involved with Emergency Management or Chemical Safety for your business, please TAKE OUR SURVEY. MRPC would like to better understand your business’s current Chemical Safety preparedness procedures.  


The survey is designed to gather a baseline of needs and understanding of chemical management and emergency preparedness to withstand extreme storm events in the Montachusett Region. All replies will be kept confidential.

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