Emergency Management

Peter A. Shedd, Emergency Management Director

Deputy Directors: Roxene Shedd, Lloyd Grover, and Bill Montiglio

Staff: Brad Bordewieck, Byron Call, Scott DiGeorge, John Lepore, and John Richardson

256 South Street, Bernardston, MA 01337

Telephone: (413) 648-5459 Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

In the event of an emergency, dial 911

Bernardston Emergency Management is responsible for coordinating the preparation and response to larger-scale incidents that might take place on the local, state, regional, and national levels.

Its activities are conducted in accordance with the National Incident Management System.

Coronavirus / COVID-19 update

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Members of our National Guard delivered medical supplies provided by Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency.

As of May 28, 2020:

  • Based on the most-recent notifications from the Department of Public Health, the total number of individuals testing positive for COVID-19 in Bernardston is between eight and 10. At least several of these cases appear to be related to the individuals being connected in various capacities to area health-care facilities. Information about outcomes of these cases has not been made available.
  • On May 18, the Baker-Polito administration announced Reopening Massachusetts, a four-phase program designed to lead Massachusetts to a “new normal.” While a degree of uncertainty remains, there is specific guidance available on the following website: https://www.mass.gov/info-details/reopening-massachusetts

Code Red emergency notification system

In 2016, Bernardston Emergency Management assumed responsibility for the Code Red emergency notification system that had once been managed on a regional basis. The system enables town leaders to issue recorded messages to residents’ telephones as the need arises. 

As part of the transition from regional to local, the land-line telephones of Bernardston residents and businesses have remained in the system. In addition, Bernardston residents are welcome to add cell phones and phone numbers of caregivers to the system, even if the caregiver is not a Bernardston resident.

If you wish to add an additional phone number to the Code Red system, please click on the logo or hyperlink below:


If you prefer, you can provide the name, address, and phone number, and cell phone provider, if applicable, that you wish to add by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. We will enroll you to receive both voice and text messages. Please note that any text message charges from your provider may apply.