Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Rep Roy: Storm Info for 10th Norfolk District

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Region bracing for storm

With a major blizzard descending upon us, here are some resources to help you navigate potential issues that may arise. Reports indicate that the impending winter storm could be one of the largest blizzards we've seen in a long time. Snowfall amounts  in the area 2-3 feet, along with strong and damaging winds, are expected in our area.

Due to the expected severity of the snowstorm, Governor Baker declared a state of emergency this afternoon for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Further, beginning at midnight tonight (12:00 a.m. Tuesday), a travel ban will be in effect until further notice.

The MBTA will maintain a regular schedule today, but will not operate on Tuesday.

Below you will find the latest news regarding the storm, along with helpful tips, phone numbers, and other resources that exist to assist you during severe weather conditions.

Please be smart and stay safe!

Important telephone numbers

Safety tips

If possible, make sure of the following:
  • download the free Massachusetts Alerts app to your smartphone to receive important weather alerts and messages from MEMA.  Easy instructions are available by clicking here .
  • shovels/snow removal tools are accessible
  • rain gutters are clear for easy drainage
  • smoke and carbon monoxide detectors are operable and have fresh batteries
  • vehicles are fully fueled
  • keep refrigerator and freezer doors shut-food will stay six to nine hours in a refrigerator without spoiling. Frozen foods will keep about 24 hours.
  • items stored in a basement that could be damaged from flooding are protected
  • cell phones are fully charged
  • you are well-stocked on essential food items and water
  • you have cash available (as ATM's may not function with loss of power)
Plan to stay safely indoors throughout the course of the storm, beginning Monday afternoon/evening and through Wednesday morning.

If you use a generator, be sure to operate it outdoors or in a well-ventilated area. While running your generator, make sure you shut off the main power supply to your home.

Online resources

Verizon storm tips

Verizon has listed tips for preparing for the upcoming winter storms.  For a recent Verizon blog post and video that offers valuable tips to make dealing with Old Man Winter and emergencies a little easier, click here.

And for more information about storm preparation for wireless customers, click here.

Be a good neighbor

During dangerous winter storms, the people who are often most at-risk are the elderly and/or disabled.

Please check in on your neighbors, especially if they are elderly and live alone. Spend a few minutes shoveling out a relative or neighbor who is unable to do so themselves, and if the power goes out, be sure to stay in contact with them.

If you or a loved one rely on a respirator or an oxygen tank, be sure to report that to your utility company.

And if you or a loved one depend on daily medications, be sure that you have enough to last the next few days, as pharmacies may be closed and travel will be difficult. 
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