The 1st official meeting of Hanover’s Local Emergency Planning Committee was held Tuesday morning. In hopes of becoming state certified and collecting financial aid, the town formed the LEPC to meet necessary requirements and strengthen preparedness plans.
Fire Chief Jeff Blanchard was elected by the board to be their 1st committee chair. He explained the LEPC includes community members who will expand emergency services, “It’s not just police and fire emergency responders; it’s people that are out in the community like for example transportation, hazardous materials sites. So you bring in other stakeholders from the community to help you develop the plan.”
He also noted how grant money will be used, “Buying equipment such as cots, things like that for a shelter or other types of equipment that might be used by CERT personnel for example, Community Emergency Response Teams.”
The Hanover LEPC is in the initial phase of the certification process. According to a MEMA representative, the town may not see financial aid for up to a year.