Tuesday, November 20, 2012
The town of Stoneham spent $35,000 to handle issues that cropped up during and after Hurricane Sandy hit the area in late October, according to Town Administrator David Ragucci.
The town of Stoneham spent $35,000 to handle issues that cropped up during and after Hurricane Sandy hit the area in late October, according to Town Administrator David Ragucci. "We had a number of trees come down...and one home was severly damaged," Ragucci told the Stoneham Board of Selectmen during a recent meeting at Town Hall. Ragucci explained that because the state and town declared state of emergencies, Stoneham could be eligible for reimbursement of up to 75 percent through Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA). "We did lose approximately three cement poles that collapsed...so we're taking estimates on that," Ragucci said. Previous Storm Coverage
Sunday, October 28, 2012
Earlier this month, the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency began using a new first-in-the-nation emergency alerting app, as part of its notifications to the public.
Earlier this month, the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) began using a new first-in-the-nation emergency alerting app as part of its notifications to the public. Created by a firm in Nashua, NH, Ping4alerts! is a free mobile communications app, that can alert individuals about public safety and public health emergencies. Hurricane Sandy will give the app its first big test. MEMA contracted with the New Hampshire company to provide the service to the public. The service is 100 percent anonymous. Mobile numbers or email addresses are not required and the company does not retain information on its users, said CEO and President James Bender. Through geofencing technology, Ping4alerts! enables MEMA to send highly targeted, …
Saturday, October 27, 2012
From having cash on hand to trimming back branches there are things you can do ahead of a dangerous storm.
With the possible threat of Hurricane Sandy following a track that could have a major impact on New England early next week, the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) recommends actions that people can take to minimize the potential damage from this storm. “Early planning and preparation can be the key to your safety,” states MEMA Director Kurt Schwartz. “It is important to use your time wisely and not wait until the last minute to ensure your family’s safety.” Here are some examples of steps you should be taking: The Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) is the state agency responsible for coordinating federal, state, local, voluntary and private resources during emergencies and disasters in the Commonwealth of …
Wednesday, October 10, 2012
The governor and MEMA unveiled Ping4alerts! Friday.
In addition to the well-known television and rado alerts, the Massachusetts Emergency Management System (MEMA) on Friday unveiled a new tool to kept Bay Staters abreast of urgent news. The latest system is called Ping4alerts! and allows residents to sign up for a free mobile communications application that will send alerts to iPhones and Android devices with immediate information and emergencies and disasters. "This newly added and innovative technology will allow Public Safety entities throughout the Commonwealth to not only alert citizens of an impending problem, but also push out many forms of specific information with detailed steps to help ensure their safety," Lt. Gov. Timothy Murray said at the MEMA Framingham headquarters, where …
Thursday, August 25, 2011
While the forecast is still early, Stoneham and the rest of the region will likely see heavy rainfall on Sunday from the hurricane.
While it's still too early to predict how intense the wind might be, the forecast seems fairly certain of one fact: Hurricane Irene is headed to New England and—at the very least—bringing a lot of rain with it. The current National Weather Service (NWS) forecast for Stoneham calls for rain to start on Saturday afternoon and become heavy on Saturday night. On Sunday, tropical storm conditions are possible and by Sunday night, hurricane conditions are possible. As of Wednesday night, Irene was a Category 3 hurricane—meaning it has sustained winds of 111-130 miles per hour—and predicted to make landfall in the Carolinas on Saturday. According to the National Hurricane Center, there is a 30 percent probability that Irene will still be …