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Hurricane Sandy
News Specific to Halifax

The Board of Selectmen has issued an emergency declaration relating to Hurricane Sandy.

The Silver Lake Regional School District, including Halifax Elementary School, Silver Lake Middle School and Silver Lake High School will be closed on Monday, October 29.

The Silver Lake Regional School District will be closed on Tuesday, October 30 including Silver Lake High School, Silver Lake Middle School and Halifax Elementary School.

The Halifax Town Hall and the Halifax Council on Aging will officially be closed on Monday, October 29.

The Recycling Center will be closed on Monday, October 29 and the recycling schedule will be moved by one day (Monday pickup on Tuesday, etc.). Trash pickup remains on schedule (homes with Monday trash pickup will be picked up Monday).

The Recycling Center will be open on Tuesday, October 30 from 5pm to 8pm.

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Update as of 2000 (800 PM) on Monday October 29th

Massachusetts is feeling the impacts of Hurricane Sandy. Weather reports indicate that Massachusetts will still experience damaging winds into Tuesday and associated widespread power outages. The south facing coastline is still expected to experience major coastal flooding overnight while the east facing coastline will experience moderate coastal flooding. For more information about Hurricane Sandy, visit the National Hurricane Center Website for current status of the storm.

For non-emergency assistance and information (including shelter locations), call 2-1-1 or visit www.mass211.org 

Below are some resources and information that you might find helpful:

-MEMA has provided Power Outage Safety Tips

-MEMA is encouraging residents to be prepared for the impact of Sandy

-Due to the current weather situation, the Governor has directed that non-emergency employees working in Executive Branch agencies should not report to their workplaces on Monday, October 29, 2012. Non-executive agencies make their own decisions on status.

-Governor Patrick has declared a State of Emergency as of 12:45 PM on 10/27/12. This has been declared in order to facilitate preparations for Hurricane Sandy. Learn more about what a State of Emergency means.

-Search for current storm updates on Twitter from MEMA's Twitter account or using the hashtag #MASandy


-Visit www.mbta.com or follow @mbtaGM on Twitter for bus, subway and commuter rail service alerts.

-Visit www.massport.com for Logan Airport information



Information for Local Officials:
MEMA encourages local officials to monitor Sandy's progress and predicted track closely and undertake preparedness activities such as:
 
·        Reviewing emergency plans and procedures

·        Assessing areas that may be subject to flooding and developing plans for communicating with, and potentially evacuating people in these areas

·        Updating emergency contact lists

·        Testing communications and warning systems

·        Reviewing emergency contracts and available resource inventories

·        Testing generators and ensuring emergency fuel supplies for them

·        Assessing local emergency shelter readiness and capacity.

 
MEMA also strongly urges local officials to review their Sea, Lake, and Overland Surge from Hurricanes (SLOSH) inundation maps to pre-identify areas particularly at risk from storm surge flooding.  SLOSH maps and other hurricane preparedness resources can be found on MEMA’s website at http://www.mass.gov/eopss/home-sec-emerg-resp/plan-prep/natural-hazards/hurricanes/ .  Please note that you will need to have Google Earth installed on your computer to access the online SLOSH maps that are available through MEMA’s website.
 
Hurricane Preparedness Tips for the General Public:
·        Stay informed by monitoring the storm via the media.

·        Be sure to have a well-stocked Family Disaster Kit in the event you lose power or are isolated for a number of days.

·        Clear clogged rain gutters. This storm brings the potential for torrential rain. Providing clear drainage will help prevent misdirected flooding.

·        Secure outdoor items such as lawn furniture, trash barrels, hanging plants, toys and awnings that can be broken or picked up by strong winds and potentially become a projectile.

·        Elevate articles in your basement that could be damaged from even minor flooding.

·        Keep your vehicles fully fuelled.

·        Have a certain amount of cash available.  If power is lost, ATMs may not be working.

Ping4alerts!:
MEMA encourages smartphone users to download the free ping4alerts! app. This app is available free of charge for iPhone and Android phones and receives severe weather alerts from the National Weather Service and emergency information from MEMA based on the user's location.  Learn more at http://www.mass.gov/mema/mobileapp
 
Online Resources:
For additional information and resources, visit:
Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency athttp://www.mass.gov/mema (Hurricane preparedness tips and other preparedness information are available through the “Hurricane” link on MEMA’s homepage).
MEMA Twitter: @MassEMAhttp://www.twitter.com/MassEMA
Federal Emergency Management Agency at http://www.fema.gov
National Hurricane Center website at http://www.nhc.noaa.gov
National Weather Service/Taunton athttp://www.weather.gov/boston
National Weather Service/Albany, NY athttp://www.weather.gov/albany

National Hurricane Center 5 Day Forecast Map (current as of 2:00PM 10/25/2012):


Information from Verizon

Customer Check List
·        If you rely solely on cordless phones in your home, you should consider getting an inexpensive hard-wired phone that plugs directly into your home’s wall jacks.  Cordless phones will not function without commercial power, but corded phones will work in the event of a loss of commercial power.
·        Remember home answering machines won’t work without power, but Verizon voice mail service – which is powered by the network – will work and can serve as a convenient family message board.
·        Charge all battery-powered devices before the storm hits, including wireless phones and PDAs, laptop computers, personal entertainment devices (like MP3 players), flashlights and radios. And check your supply of batteries.
·        Many people keep all of their contact information in their PCs or wireless devices.  Make contact lists and create communications plans for loved ones before the storm hits.  If you are evacuated or are otherwise unreachable, make plans to communicate via wireless calling, text messaging, the Internet or other alternatives available at relocation sites.
·        Top off all vehicle and generator fuel tanks before the storm – gas pumps also rely on commercial power.
·        Check your local emergency-readiness authorities for their recommendations and advisories about the situation in your area. Be sure to check back with them if the situation gets worse.
·        If you live in a flood-prone area, protect sensitive equipment like computers and TVs by getting them as high above ground as you can so when service comes back up, you’ll be back in business quickly.

Verizon can be contacted at (1-800-837-4966) or online athttp://www.verizon.com/support

Information from National Grid

For customers to report outages, please call the 1-800-322-3223 reporting line so that National Grid can properly input the location into its system for a coordinated response; for wire down or electric emergencies, please call 1-800-465-1212.

Halifax Emergency Management Agency:

 

 
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