To further the education of the citizens of Norton in the ability to avert or combat the effects of a disaster either natural or manmade. To coordinate the resources of those State, Federal and Volunteer agencies that respond to our need when local resources are overwhelmed. To insure that the citizens affected by disaster are cared for, receive the financial assistance and emotional support to insure a full recovery.
New Family Preparedness Program launched
9/11 DRILL DOWN FOR SAFETY
Started June 1st
Are You Ready??
MASSACHUSETTS ENTERS THE 2010 HURRICANE SEASON
Federal, State & Local Officials Prepare as June 1st Marks the Official Start
Framingham, MA – To help increase public awareness of the effects hurricanes can have on the Commonwealth and the preparedness steps we all must take, over the next fourteen weeks the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) will again be disseminating important information to ensure the continued safety of our citizens and property.
“In recent years, we have witnessed the severity of these storms and their destructive power throughout other areas of the country,” stated MEMA Acting Director Kurt Schwartz. “With another very active hurricane season predicted, we must continually prepare for the region’s next major storm.”
MEMA will be continually promoting Hurricane Preparedness through weekly news releases highlighting key issues relative to the New England Hurricane Season. In addition, there will continue to be workshops, exercises and drills to help local officials prepare. Important Hurricane Preparedness information will be available on the MEMA website at www.mass.gov/mema, Facebook and Twitter pages. Topics will include Massachusetts’ Hurricane History, Preparedness Tips for Families, Home Owners, People Requiring Additional
Assistance, Pet Owners, Boaters, Businesses, Inland Residents, as well as information about Sheltering-In-Place and Evacuation.
Although the Hurricane Season in New England is defined as June 1st to November 30th, 75% of the 40 tropical systems that have impacted our region in the past century have struck during the months of August and September. The last severe hurricane to hit Massachusetts was Hurricane Bob in August 1991. Bob, a Category 2 Hurricane, with winds between 91 and 110mph, caused almost $1 billion in damage, at the time. More recently, Hurricanes Edouard (1996), Bonnie (1998) and Bill (2009) threatened the Bay State, but veered out into the Atlantic as they traveled up the coast.
In 1999, Hurricane Floyd, although weakened to the strength of a tropical storm prior to its arrival in New England, demonstrated that these storms are not merely ‘coastal events’. Most of that storm’s impact was rain and flood related, causing severe damage as far west as the Berkshires.
Some of our most devastating flooding associated with these storms has occurred in Central and Western Massachusetts – up to 17” of rain fell in association with the Hurricane of 1938 and 25” of rain fell over a 5-day period in August 1955 from Connie & Diane, with the City of Westfield received 13.15” in a single day!
This demonstrates that the entire Commonwealth should take the proper Hurricane Season precautions.
Southern New England lies in the unenviable position of receiving all three “Hurricane Threats”, depending upon the track and landfall location: 1) Coastal inundation due to storm surge 2) Widespread inland river flooding and 3) Widespread wind damage far inland.
The Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) is the state agency responsible for coordinating federal, state, local, voluntary and private resources during emergencies and disasters in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. MEMA provides leadership to: develop plans for effective response to all hazards, disasters or threats; train emergency personnel to protect the public; provide information to the citizenry; and assist individuals, families, businesses and communities to mitigate against, prepare for, and respond to and recover from emergencies, both natural and man made. For additional information about MEMA and Hurricanes, go to www.mass.gov/mema. Also, follow MEMA updates on Facebook and Twitter.
STORM SAFETY INFORMATION FOR SENIORS
Take a few simple steps to prepare for a sudden emergency
Take advantage of advance registration, if you or someone you know needs help or
transportation during an evacuation. Emergency Registration Forms and the File of Life are available at the Norton Fire Department by calling (508) 285-0246 or (508) 285-0248
Families and friends are encouraged to bring elderly family members into their homes 24 hours before the storm is expected to hit our area.If you are advised to leave your home, follow official instructions given by local emergency response personnel. Make sure to bring important papers and medications with you. Cell phones may be the only link to outside help. Check to be sure they are charged and save for emergency use only. Keep with you at all times.
To call Fire/Police, be sure to remain calm and give important information if you are using a cell phone (911 cannot identify your location when using a cell phone).
Gas up your car and put it in the garage if you have one. If electric power is off, filling stations may not be able to operate pumps for several days.
Advance registration with Emergency Medical Services is highly recommended if you have life saving medical equipment that would become incapacitated due to loss of power. The necessary forms are available at the Council on Aging and town hall lobby.
If you must evacuate, do not leave your animals behind. Evacuate them to a prearranged safe location if they cannot stay with you during the evacuation. Remember service animals that assist people with disabilities are the only animals allowed in Red Cross shelters.
A DISASTER SUPPLY KIT SHOULD CONTAIN:
A THREE-DAY SUPPLY OF WATER (ONE GALLON PER PERSON PER DAY)
\NON-PERISHABLE FOOD SUCH AS PEANUT BUTTER, TUNA FISH, BREAD. REMEMBER A MANUAL CAN OPENER
ONE CHANGE OF CLOTHES AND FOOTWEAR PER PERSON. ONE PILLOW & BLANKET OR SLEEPING BAG PER PERSON. (STORE THEM IS AN EASY-TO-CARRY BAG, MAKE SURE YOUR BAG AND ANY OTHER EQUIPMENT SUCH AS WHEELCHAIRS, CANES OR WALKERS ARE LABELED WITH ID TAGS).
A THREE DAY SUPPLY OF ALL PRESCRIPTION AND OTC MEDICATIONS AND SPECIALTY ITEMS FOR THE ELDERLY OR DISABLED FAMILY MEMBERS
A BATTERY-POWERED RADIO AND FLASHLIGHT WITH EXTRA BATTERIES (CANDLES ARE NOT RECOMMENDED)
AN EXTRA SET OF CAR KEYS A CREDIT CARD OR CASH
The National Storm Prediction Center has announced that the 2010
Hurricane Season will be slightly less active than the past few seasons
This is NO reason to be complacent.
NEMA is asking all residents to PLEASE review your emergency supplies
of food and water as well as medicine and other items that may be need if you must evacuate.
For those homes that are prone to flooding, we suggest keeping a stock of plastic grocery bags
on hand as NEMA no longer has stockpiles of sandbags due to budget constraints
These bags in conjunction with the sand in your childs sandbox will go a long
way in protecting your basement or garage door against floodwaters
If a Hurricane Watch is announced by the National Weather Service
it is important for everyone to pay attention to Weather reports
especially once the storm gets north of North Carolina.
Please check our web site for more information
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