The town has created a committee to prepare for and handle future emergencies. Hanover already has held its first Local Emergency Planning Committee meeting and received startup certification from the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency. The next two steps in the three-part process include receiving provisional certification and then full certification, which Fire Chief Jeff Blanchard said he is eager to do. “It may be a little ambitious, but we want to be fully certified by next year,” he said. “It’s to our advantage to have plans in place.” While the committee was created primarily to address hazardous-waste issues, Blanchard said, being prepared for as many situations as possible and having mitigation procedures in place is important. He chairs the committee, which represents a cross-section of the community.