For Immediate Release
October 27, 2012
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Mayor's Press Office
Mayor Thomas M. Menino today announced the City of Boston is continuing to implement preparedness plans to deal with potential impacts of the significant storm expected to make landfall along the East Coast. The storm is predicted to have greatest impact in Boston on Monday evening, into Tuesday morning. Strong winds are expected to pick up early Monday, continuing throughout the day. While City departments continue to implement preparedness measures, Mayor Menino again reminds residents to take precautions and use common sense to stay safe throughout the storm.
**Media availability today**
4:00 p.m.: Boston Harbormaster Sgt. Joe Cheevers will be available for media interviews at the Boston Police Harbor Unit's office at Black Falcon Terminal in South Boston.
“We continue to closely monitor the storm's path and size and City departments are adjusting preparedness plans accordingly," Mayor Menino said. "The City is being proactive in preparing for expected heavy rain and very strong winds, and we’re urging residents to do the same. I strongly encourage residents to register for emergency notifications to stay informed throughout the weekend and into next week.”
Residents can register with Alert Boston for emergency notifications and alerts by visiting www.cityofboston.gov/alertboston or follow @notifyboston on Twitter for updates. Residents can also call the Mayor’s 24-hour hotline (617-635-4500) with any storm-related issues or concerns.
All front line departments continue to meet daily to coordinate on preparedness plans. Public safety agencies will have additional response crews and equipment available throughout the city's neighborhoods for the duration of the storm. The Office of Emergency Management is actively monitoring storm track with weather agencies and coordinating with state and federal agencies.The City is working closely with NSTAR, National Grid and other utilities to manage outages. All planned public events continue to be monitored and rescheduled as necessary.
Additional updates on city preparedness tactics include:
- The Parks and Recreation Department is securing additional contractors for tree removal and trimming, and debris clean-up. Tree pruning will continue throughout the weekend.
- Property Management has emergency generators and flood pumps on hand.
- The Mayor’s 24-hour hotline has arranged for emergency staffing levels over the next several days.
- The Water and Sewer Commission and Public Works Department has checked and clean all potential flood areas.
- Several departments, including the Department of Neighborhood Development, are prepared to assist small business owners and residents with flooding.
- The Boston Police Department will increase patrols in the districts, including extra units in each division, to help with communications and emergency response.
- The Boston Fire Department will activate several additional engine companies, officers, and firefighters, as well as fire prevention vehicles for down wire response.
- Emergency Medical Services will provide extra coverage and is actively coordinating with local hospitals.
- Boston Centers for Youth & Families is preparing emergency shelters, if necessary.
- City homeless shelters will provide extra capacity, and additional workers will conduct outreach throughout the city beginning Sunday.
- Boston Transportation Department is opening its traffic center to assist and will be monitoring for “out signals” and down signs across the city.
- The Inspectional Services Department will have extra housing, building and electrical inspectors on-call overnight and dispatched to neighborhoods to respond to building flooding or other safety issues.
Additionally, residents are reminded to take the following safety precautions:
- Put together an emergency supply kit, which should include food, water, medical supplies, and any other necessities for during and after the storm, if needed.
- Keep batteries and flashlights on hand in case of power outage.
- Stay indoors and away from windows.
- Do not drive or go outside during the storm to help keep roads clear for emergency vehicles.
- Immediately after a storm, use caution going outdoors. Be alert for hazards such as broken glass, down power lines, and damage to buildings.
- If you see down trees or power lines, call the Mayor’s Hotline to report the issue.
- Secure patio furniture, grills, window boxes, air conditioners, or anything else that may become a projectile in high winds.
- Ensure trash bags are double-bagged, and empty barrels are removed from the curbside and secured.