Important Information for Homeowners
FRAMINGHAM, MA - Throughout this year’s Atlantic Hurricane Season, the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) urges homeowners to protect their property from the strong winds, damaging rains, and flooding that hurricanes or tropical storms can bring to New England.
“There are steps we all can take to make our homes and property more storm resistant,” said MEMA Director Kurt Schwartz. “Early planning and preparation can be the key to your safety.”
It is important to learn the hurricane risks for your area. Find out if your home may be subject to storm surge or inland flooding by contacting your local Emergency Management Director. If you live or work in a coastal community, find out whether you are in a designated hurricane evacuation zone by visiting MEMA’s "Know Your Zone" interactive map.
People located in a hurricane evacuation zone should plan for, and be prepared to evacuate during a tropical storm or hurricane and listen to local public safety officials, as well as news broadcasts and weather forecasts before and during a tropical storm or hurricane for evacuation information. The best way to be prepared for a hurricane evacuation is to know your evacuation zone and develop your emergency plan (such as your destination and travel routes) ahead of time.
Citizens throughout the Commonwealth, including those in inland communities, can be at risk for hazards of hurricanes such as flooding, destructive winds and power outages. Visit www.floodsmart.gov or call 1-888-379-9531 to learn more about flood risks, flood maps, flood zones, and flood insurance. Consider buying flood insurance, even if your property is not in a flood zone. Flood damage is not usually covered by homeowners insurance.
Homeowners in coastal communities can prepare their homes for hurricanes and other coastal hazards by reading the MA Homeowner's Handbook to Prepare for Coastal Hazards which is located athttp://www.mass.gov/eopss/
Additionally, homeowners should consider taking the following steps to prepare for hurricane season:
For additional information about MEMA and Hurricane Preparedness, go to www.mass.gov/mema.
MEMA is the state agency charged with ensuring the state is prepared to withstand, respond to, and recover from all types of emergencies and disasters, including natural hazards, accidents, deliberate attacks, and technological and infrastructure failures. MEMA's staff of professional planners, communications specialists and operations and support personnel is committed to an all hazards approach to emergency management. By building and sustaining effective partnerships with federal, state and local government agencies, and with the private sector - individuals, families, non-profits and businesses - MEMA ensures the Commonwealth's ability to rapidly recover from large and small disasters by assessing and mitigating threats and hazards, enhancing preparedness, ensuring effective response, and strengthening our capacity to rebuild and recover.
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It is the mission of the Boylston Fire Department to protect the lives and property of the people in the community from fire, natural disasters, hazardous materials incidents and other emergencies by providing prompt, professional service.
The Boylston Fire Department is a combination career/paid on-call department that provides fire protection and emergency medical services to the community. The department has a full time fire chief and two full time fire officers who are on duty from 7:00 am until 6:00 pm Monday through Friday. The department also has several dedicated, on-call firefighters, many who are also emergency medical technicians, who protect the community nights and weekends. Two on-call emergency medical technicians staff the station every Saturday and Sunday from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm and one on-call emergency technician staffs the station each night from 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm. The Boyston Fire Department operates out of a single fire station located at 599 Main Street. The Boylston Fire Department responds to several hundred calls for emergency service every year ranging from medical emergencies, motor vehicle accidents, structure fires, vehicle fires, brush fires and other alarms. The department operates two basic life support ambulances, two engine companies, one ladder company, one tanker, one specialized rescue vehicle, two brush fire apparatus, one marine unit and two command vehicles. The department also provides inspection services, plan review, fire prevention and education programs along with community CPR and First Aid classes. Fire department personnel are available to assist residents with placement and operation of smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.
The Boylston Fire Department is currently seeking members of the community who would like to serve as on-call firefighters and emergency medical technicians. On-call firefighters and emergency medical technicians respond to emergencies in town between the hours of 6:00 pm and 7:00 am each night. If you are interested in serving your community and would like additional information, please contact Fire Chief Joe Flanagan at (508) 869-2342 or by email at: firstname.lastname@example.org. No prior experience is necessary and training programs are available.
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