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Oct 2012 City of Northampton "Frankenstorm" Press Release

Oct 2012 City of Northampton "Frankenstorm" Press Release

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Press release from Mayor's Office, City of Northampton, Ma.
Press release from Mayor's Office, City of Northampton, Ma.

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Published by: Patrick Johnson on Oct 26, 2012
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Mayor David Narkewicz
City Hall210 Main Street Room 12Northampton, MA 01060-3199(413) 587-1249 Fax: (413) 587-1275mayor@northamptonma.gov
Northampton Prepares for the Potential of Hurricane SandyPress Release – October 26, 2012
With Hurricane Sandy barreling up the East Coast, Northampton emergency personnelare making sure they are ready if an emergency hits. Integrating the best practiceslearned from Hurricane Irene and the 2011 Halloween Snowstorm, preparation hasbeen an ongoing activity in the City."We have a well coordinated team that has spent several days preparing for thepossibilities associated with this storm”, said Northampton Mayor David Narkewicz.The City of Northampton Emergency Management Team has setup the City’s EmergencyOperations Center (EOC) in anticipation of Hurricane Sandy. The EOC will be staffedstarting on Monday and will remain staffed through the duration of the storm. The EOCcan be reached at 587-1160. The Department of Public Works has been working tocheck storm water infrastructure, clear storm drains and test generators in an effort toreduce the impact of potential flooding expected from a heavy rain event.Today Mayor Narkewicz, Fire Chief Brian Duggan and other emergency personnel tookpart in a conference call with the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency(MEMA) and will continue to coordinate with State and Federal officials throughout theweekend. The National Weather Service has forecasted the potential for strong windsand heavy rains so residents are urged to take steps now to minimize potential damagefrom severe weather, some preparations may include:
Stay informed by monitoring the storm through the media
Clear clogged rain gutters. Hurricanes/tropical storms often bring torrential rain.Providing clear drainage will help prevent misdirected flooding.
Trim back trees and shrubbery around your home. Remove diseased or damagedtree limbs that could be blown down, causing damage, during a storm.
Bring in outdoor items to bring inside such as lawn furniture, trash barrels,hanging plants, toys and awnings that can be broken or picked up by strongwinds.
Make sure storage sheds, children’s playhouses or other outbuildings are securelyanchored, either to a permanent foundation or with straps and ground anchors.
Elevate articles in your basement that could be damaged from even minorflooding.
Keep your vehicles fully fuelled.

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