Sunday, February 10, 2013
Light, fluffy snow on rooftops can act as a sponge for rain, which is in the forecast for Monday. The Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency offers these tips
With rain in Mansfield's forecast for Monday, the Blizzard of '13 may not be finished wreaking havoc in Massachusetts. While temperatures dropped overnight on Friday resulting in light, fluffy snow, the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) warns that fluffy snow piled high on roofs can act as a sponge, absorbing rain and adding additional stress to structures. Relatively flat roofs are particularly vulnerable, MEMA says. In other cases, roof ice dams have formed causing water build-up, leading to interior damage. These conditions can accelerate the snow melt. In addition, Mansfield town officials are asking businesses and homes, especially those with flat roofs, to be aware of the weight of snow which can cause structural …
Wednesday, January 23, 2013
The Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency advises residents to minimize outdoor activity, keep an emergency kit, and check on elderly friends or relatives in extreme cold.
Editor's Note: The following is from the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency. “As we enter the time of year when we can expect extremely low temperatures and wind chills, we all must take precautions to minimize the dangers presented by such severe weather,” stated Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) Director Kurt Schwartz. “To that end, MEMA presents these cold weather safety tips.” Continue to follow MEMA updates on Twitter at www.twitter.com/MassEMA; Facebook at www.facebook.com/MassachusettsEMA. Download the free ping4alert! app to your Smartphone to receive important weather alerts and emergency messages from MEMA. Easy instructions are available at www.mass.gov/mema/mobileappp.
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), headquartered in Framingham, 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…
Thursday, October 25, 2012
MEMA offers tips as Hurricane Sandy approaches.
Thursday, October 25, 2012
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,” said 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: -Make sure you have a well-stocked family disaster kit in the event you lose power or are isolated for a number of days. -Trim back trees and shrubbery around your home. Remove diseased or damaged tree limbs that …
Thursday, June 21, 2012
Some conventional and some not so conventional methods of staying cool in Mansfield.
With the Summer Solstice already over and temperatures still rising in Mansfield, staying cool this week becomes very important. The National Weather Service (NWS) has issued a heat advisory and hazardous weather outlook for the area due to the anticipated heat. The NWS forecasts the weather to be “Mostly sunny, with a high near 96. West wind around 8 mph.“ Going to the pool at the local YMCA or the Easton and Norton Public pools would be a good start. Heat exhaustion is a very serious problem in weather like this, according to the U.S. Center for Disease Control. According to the CDC, 3,442 people died from heat related illnesses from 1999 to 2003 alone. The organization’s Web site states that people most prone to heat exhaustion are “…
Friday, August 26, 2011
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Wednesday, July 20, 2011
Tips on how to stay cool during a heat wave.
Wednesday, July 20, 2011
The following release is courtesy of the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency. With the extremely hot weather the Commonwealth is presently experiencing, the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) is advising people to be cautious during this period of extreme heat, and is offering some tips to help keep cool and safe. “A few common sense measures can reduce heat-related problems, especially for the elderly, the very young and people with respiratory ailments, who are more susceptible to the effects of high temperatures,” said MEMA Acting Director Kurt Schwartz. Temperatures are expected to be in the mid-90s in Foxborough through Saturday. Here are some tips to follow during hot, humid weather: In normal weather, the body’s…