MFA NEWS SCAN NOVEMBER 10, 2014
- Thursday, November 13, 2014
MEMA, MDPH CONTINUE WORK ON EBOLA PREPAREDNESS
The Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) and the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MDPH) are the state agencies charged with coordinating the state's efforts to prepare for Ebola, including building sufficient capacity to respond to, and manage suspected or confirmed cases of the disease. As part of the comprehensive planning effort, MEMA is working with all public safety disciplines - police, fire, EMS, emergency management - to meet their information, planning, training, exercise, and equipment needs. MEMA also is working with MDPH to ensure that our public safety and public health systems are effectively planning together, and coordinating with each other, in meeting this new public health threat.
The following documents have been posted to MEMA’s website at www.mass.gov/MEMA:
Legal Authority of a Police Officer to Enforce a Quarantine Order or Detain an Individual Who May Have Ebola: MEMA and MDPH, in coordination with the Massachusetts Chiefs of Police Association, developed this guidance for law enforcement officers regarding their legal authority to enforce quarantine orders;
Ebola Situation Report #2: Joint MDPH and MEMA weekly situation report on Ebola monitoring and preparedness activities.
MEMA continues to update and post information for the public safety community about Ebola on its website. Public safety personnel should check the website on a regular basis for informational bulletins, advisories, and guidance on managing suspected or diagnosed cases of Ebola.
For additional general and clinical information and guidance on Ebola, please visit DPH’s website at: www.mass.gov/ebola.
WESTMINSTER, MA TO VOTE ON TOBACCO SALES BAN
At a public hearing tonight in Westminster MA that was moved from its usual meeting location in the Town Hall to an elementary school to accommodate the overflow crowd expected to show up, the Westminster Board of Health is expected to vote on a town wide proposal to ban tobacco sales. To read more click here. Presently there are no members of MFA operating in the town.
FALMOUTH, MA TO VOTE ON PLASTIC BAG BAN
Next week at the Falmouth Annual Fall Town Meeting beginning at 7:00PM on Monday, November 17, 244 Town Meeting members will vote for or against Article 31, a proposal to ban the distribution of plastic bags throughout the Town by all business establishments. The ban would prohibit all establishment from distributing single use plastic bags with integral handles and thickness less than 2.5 mils, intended for the transport of products purchased. MFA will submit testimony in opposition to this proposal on behalf of its members operating in the Town.
Finding Food Allergens Where They Shouldn’t Be
Undeclared allergens are the leading cause of food recalls by the FDA. Which foods are most often affected, and which allergens are involved? Read more by clicking on the following links:
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