TOWN OF DENNIS
The Town of Dennis Emergency Management Coordinator is responsible for the coordination of all emergency response operations.
Currently the Chief of Police (Michael Whalen) serves as the Emergency Management Coordinator.
The Town of Dennis falls within the jurisdiction of Area II of the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency, and is also a member of the Regional Emergency Planning Committee, which is administered at the county level of government.
The Emergency Management Coordinator is responsible for preparing and updating the Town’s Comprehensive Emergency Management Plan on a yearly basis, as well as operation of the Emergency Operations Center (EOC) when it has been activated.
The EOC is staffed by personnel from all Town departments, and other critical town employees, when needed to manage an emergency.
Additionally, the Emergency Management Coordinator is responsible for activation and operation of any evacuation shelters that are opened during an emergency. The Town has agreements with the American Red Cross for that agency to take over shelter operations as soon as possible after they have been opened. The primary shelter for the Town of Dennis is the Nathaniel H. Wixon School at 901 Route 134, East Dennis, with the secondary shelter designated as the Ezra H. Baker School, 810 Route 28, West Dennis.
To assist the Emergency Management Coordinator the Dennis Police Department also assigns the Department’s Patrol Lieutenant as Emergency Management Liaison.
Emergency Management responsibilities include:
MITIGATION activities that eliminate or reduce the vulnerability of the community to damage to property or the environment, injury, and loss of life or property resulting from a natural, or technological (man made) disaster.
PREPARATION to provide rapid, efficient and coordinated response and recovery actions to protect life, property and the environment.
RESPONSE to emergencies or disasters using all systems, plans and resources available in the community. These activities help reduce casualties and damage, and speed recovery.
RECOVERY from emergencies or disasters by providing rapid and coordinated restoration and rehabilitation services.