MEMA highlights executive order to improve chemical safety

The Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) recently outlined federal efforts to improve chemical safety in its July newsletter.

Specifically, MEMA cited President Barack Obama's Executive Order 13650, which is aimed at protecting both chemical facilities and workers, responders and communities that may be at risk of chemical exposure. Obama signed the order on Aug. 1 of last year.

MEMA said the U.S. Department of Homeland Security worked over the course of the year to bring together federal regulatory representatives and stakeholders with a vested interest in reducing the risks associated with the handling and storage of chemicals.

In its newsletter, MEMA also reminded Massachusetts residents to not let their guard down regarding hurricanes, despite 75 percent of the 40 tropical storms to affect the region in the past century hitting in August and September. MEMA said that the Atlantic hurricane season is defined as running from June 1 to Nov. 30, and that the recent brush with Hurricane Andrew in early July served as an example.

MEMA urged residents to know evacuation zones and the risks posed by hurricanes and be prepared for them.

Deval Patrick, the governor of Massachusetts, also recently declared July to be Hurricane Preparedness Month in the state.