Preparing for emergencies related to climate change is the impetus behind a $10,000 state grant for the Merrimack Valley Planning Commission.
The regional planning agency received the money from the state Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs to “help train first responders, businesses and communities prevent climate change weather-related industrial accidents through emergency preparedness.”
“This grant will provide first responders and manufacturers in our region with essential training to mitigate toxic pollution and be prepared to address chemical accidents in our communities,” said state Rep. Brian S. Dempsey. “It is important that we have educated and well trained local partners prepared to protect our communities from unforeseen disasters,” he added.
The grant comes from $68,234 set aside by Gov. Charlie Baker’s administration to support quasi-government planning agencies with chemical safety and “climate change resiliency planning,” a statement read. The Commonwealth received the money from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
“Massachusetts is taking practical and responsible steps in anticipation of increased storm events, flooding and other variables related to climate change. I’m glad the Merrimack Valley Planning Commission was one of the state’s regional planning agencies selected to receive this grant funding to assist our communities in toxic chemical safety practices. Reducing the use of toxic chemicals and ensuring their safe transport and storage needs to be a critical priority and this grant advances that goal,” said state Sen. Kathleen O’Connor Ives.
Besides Dempsey and O’Connor Ives, the announcement was made by Reps. Linda Dean Campbell and Diana DiZoglio.