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Norton Emergency Management Agency (NEMA)
Contact TypeContact Information
Contact:
Director
Deputy Director
Email Reports To'
Address:
70 East Main Street
Norton, MA 02766
Phone:
508-285-0240
Fax:
508-286-6249
CRITICAL INFO
Hurricane Season is on. Please be prepared with Food, Water & Supplies for your use during an emergency
 
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NEMA Roster
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Director
Deputy Director
Administration Officer
Field Ops Officer
Staff Ops Officer
Communications Officer
Training Officer
Quartermaster
Notices
The Winmter Overnight On Street Parking Ban is now in Effect
During Emergencies the Town of Norton will broadcast information Via the Norton Media Center
on Channels 9, 15, and 98 Cable TV as well as WARA Attleboro 1320 AM  Radio on the hour

                                                     mission statement
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.
                                                                                                                            

MEMA Encourages Residents to Prepare for Severe Winter Weather
 
FRAMINGHAM, MA – The Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) wants to ensure that the residents of the Commonwealth are prepared for this winter’s severe weather.  In Massachusetts, a winter storm may range from a moderate snowfall over several hours to a Nor’easter with blizzard conditions that lasts for days.  Severe winter weather may be accompanied by dangerously cold weather, strong winds, coastal flooding, and heavy snow.  Residents of the Commonwealth must be prepared for prolonged power outages, difficult to impossible travel, and stores and businesses being closed.  As we move into winter, MEMA encourages all residents to stay informed of changing weather conditions, build home and car emergency kits, have family and business emergency plans, and take some simple steps to mitigate the impacts of severe weather.
 
MEMA Director Kurt Schwartz stated, “Last year, residents of Massachusetts endured a long, hard winter with unprecedented snow and cold temperatures. While we hope that this winter will not be as challenging, it is best to ‘prepare for the worst and hope for the best.’  MEMA encourages residents to make preparations before the snow, ice, and cold temperatures hit Massachusetts. These precautions can help keep you and your family safe and protect your home.”
 
Stay Informed Monitor changing winter weather conditions and receive emergency alerts.
·        Downloadthe free Massachusetts Alerts app for your iOS or Android device for weather alerts from the National Weather Service and messages from MEMA. Visit www.mass.gov/mema/mobileapp
·        Sign up for your community’s emergency alerting system by contacting local public safety officials.
·        Have a battery operated radio to monitor news and weather in case of a power outage.
·        Follow MEMA on Twitter (@MassEMA) and like MEMA on Facebook (facebook.com/MassachusettsEMA) for storm updates and preparedness information.
 
Build an Emergency Kit – Have an emergency kit in your home and car in case you lose power, are isolated in your home, or become stranded in your vehicle during severe winter weather.
·        For Your Home – Have enough food, water, batteries, medicine and other supplies in an emergency kit to last for at least 72 hours.
·        For Your Vehicle – Store emergency supplies in your car’s winter emergency kit in case your vehicle breaks down or you become stranded during cold weather.
 
Make an Emergency Plan – Make a plan with your family and household members for what to do and how to communicate in an emergency.
·        Identify friends or family that you might stay with if you lose power during cold weather.
·        Ifyou receive medical treatments or home health care services, work with your medical provider to determine how to maintain care and service if you are unable to leave your home for a period of time during a winter storm.
·        Ifyou have transportation needs, work with local transportation providers and/or disability services (e.g., Paratransit, Independent Living Centers) to plan ahead for accessible transportation.
·        Provide every family member with the name, address, and phone number of the family’s emergency contact.
 
Steps to Mitigate the Impacts of Severe Weather – Prepare your home by removing dead or rotting trees and branches, check that smoke and carbon monoxide detectors are working, insulate your home, and take other actions to prepare your home for winter weather. Additionally, winter storms can cause extended power outages which can be dangerous during extreme cold weather. Have alternate phone charging methods, learn how to use your emergency generator safely, plan for your unique medical needs and take other steps to prepare for power outages.
 
When driving in winter weather, keep your gas tank at least half full, ensure adequate tire tread and pressure, and check your antifreeze level, battery, defroster, windshield wipers, wiper fluid, and other vehicle equipment.
 
During the winter, MEMA will provide additional topical winter weather preparedness information to help residents prepare for severe winter weather. For additional information about Winter Storm & Extreme Cold Weather preparedness, go to www.mass.gov/mema.
 



WINTER PREPAREDNESS
Last winter was a sound reminder of the importance of preparing for extreme weather conditions. A winter storm in New England can range from moderate snowfall over a few hours to a Nor'easter, bringing blizzard conditions with blinding wind-driven snow that lasts several days. People can become stranded in their automobiles or trapped at home, without utilities or other services. The aftermath of a winter storm can have an impact on a community or the entire region for days, weeks or even months. Storm effects, in New England, can include large snow accumulation, extremely cold temperatures, heavy, wet snow or icing on trees and downed power lines, roof collapses, coastal flooding and beach erosion. Winter storms can also be deceptive killers because most deaths are indirectly related to the actual storm. The major causes of storm-related deaths include automobile or other transportation accidents, exhaustion and heart attacks caused by overexertion, expiring from freezing temperatures and asphyxiation from improper heating sources. Additionally, house fires occur more frequently in the winter which can be partially attributed to the lack of instituting proper safety precautions when using alternate heating sources, like unattended fires and space heaters. As with most potential disasters: preparedness, monitoring the media for information and utilizing common sense is key to minimizing the danger to you and your family.  Tips on how to best protect yourself, family, pets and property this winter season can be found on the MEMA website at http://www.mass.gov/eopss/agencies/mema/ready-massachusetts/winter-storms.html.




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) 285-0248
Listen to local radio/TV for storm reports: Television-Channel 10 WJAR NBC. Web site www.turntolO.com Radio: WPRO FM 92.3 (www.92profm.com) or WPRO 99.7 FM (www.630wpro.com).
During Emergencies the Town of Norton will broadcast information Via the Norton Media Center
on Channels 9, 15, and 98 Cable TV as well as WARA Attleboro 1320 AM  Radio on the hour
Families and friends are encouraged to bring elderly family members into their homes 24 hours before the sto
          rm 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
If you have specific questions please send an email to raycord@aol.com





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