Monday, November 12, 2012
Mansfield Firefighter Bruce Naslund went down to help the area after Hurricane Sandy.
Mansfield Firefighter Bruce Naslund just returned this week from providing relief and aid to the hard hit areas of Hurricane Sandy. He said it was a strange scene for him, as it is not an area he’s done that kind of work in before. “You know we think of that area as not being prone to hurricanes,” he said. “It was a shock.” Naslund is a member of the Federal Emergency Management Association’s [FEMA] Urban Search and Rescue Team. He said he’s done search and rescue operations for several different storms, including Hurricane Katrina, the Western Massachusetts Tornadoes and Tropical Storm Irene. “We were mostly deployed in New York,” he said. “We did a lot of well-being checks, you know, to make sure everyone was OK.” Naslund said they …
The following is from the Red Cross.
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Monday, November 12, 2012
American Red Cross volunteers from Eastern Massachusetts, after working in our communities during Hurricane Sandy, are accepting deployments to states and regions devastated by the superstorm. Sharon Friedman of Mansfield, who specializes in disaster mental health, has been deployed to New York. The disaster mental health specialist provides crisis interventions, mental and emotional care and support, psychosocial education and mobilization during this difficult time. The American Red Cross has mobilized more than 5,700 disaster workers from all over the country who have served more than 3.3 million meals and snacks so far. We have also activated more than 300 response vehicles and handed out more than 124,500 relief items. Sharon …
Thursday, November 1, 2012
Three Mansfield firefighters, along with many in the state, have been deployed to help out in the wake of Hurricane Sandy.
Mansfield Firefighters, members of Federal Urban Search and Rescue section of the Federal Emergency Management Association, are working now in storm areas of the country affected by Sandy. The three firefighters have been members of the division for a long time, accoding to Mansfield fire chief Neal Boldrighini said. “They were out in Irene, they were out in the tornadoes and they were there at (September 11),” he said. Bruce Naslund, Mark Goyette and Gerald MacNamara volunteered and were deployed in Connecticut, New York and New Jersey. “They’re long-term members, they really get into it, they come back pretty exhausted and they’ve done an incredible amount of work,” he said. “They never brag about it.” Search and rescue involves locating…
Wednesday, October 31, 2012
Preparation and staff allocation a key factor for Mansfield's success during Sandy.
Mansfield Electric director Gary Babin said that good preparation was key in the minimal damage and loss of service in Mansfield during Sandy. He said that, out of the 36 calls for loss of electricity, 25 of them were related to one incident on Lakeview Avenue and were only out of service for an hour and 45 minutes. He said the municipal electricity system Mansfield has in place was crucial for the quick service. “One of the things that we have is more people that can work in a smaller area,” Babin said. “Also, most of our employees are residents, some grew up in Mansfield, so they’re good at getting around town and can often anticipate what will occur.” Babin said that, throughout the year, Mansfield Electric and the Department of Public …
A look at totals and specific incidents occurring on Oct. 29, 2012.
The number of homes that were without power for any time is below 30 and all of these, save for the tree into the house scenario were restored in the same day. All in all this was a situation where significant preparation and the path of the storm played significant roles in making our own luck. ... The Mansfield EOC recorded the following responses for public safety during the storm: Trees down: 22 Wires down: 15 Fire calls: 6 )reports fires, smoke in building, electrical arcing EMS calls: 6 Other: 3 sandbag request, water emergency, req generator. Residential house damage: 3 , 2 of these homes had significant structural damage from trees into the house. Commercial Damage: 3 parts of roofs and walls blown off building Also 1 request for …
Tuesday, October 30, 2012
According to Mansfield director of public works Lee Azinheira, the town was escaped Sandy with little damage.
Mansfield, unlike many eastern-facing coastal towns in New England, was spared much of the damage other towns faced during Sandy. “There’s downed trees spread out around the town, but it wasn’t as bad as the storm we had last year at the end of the summer,” Director of the Mansfield Department of Public Works Lee Azinheira said. “I mean, there’s always old trees and every storm weakens them even more, so there were some downed trees in the streets and near people’s homes.” Azinheira said that the damage and cleanup was minimal compared to last year’s storm with Irene, which blocked roads, brought down power lines and sprayed debris everywhere. “There is some cleanup to do,” he said, “but it could have been far worse. I’m glad we didn’t …
Monday, October 29, 2012
A look at Hurricane Sandy in Mansfield
The following is from the Mansfield Electric Company regarding downed wires due to Hurricane Sandy.
Monday, October 29, 2012
The following is from the the Mansfield Electric Department/Department of Public Works. During or after any storm event, consider all downed wires to be energized and dangerous, including telephone, fiber optic and cable TV wires. They may be in contact with energized electric wires that are not within your view. Do not go near downed wires – for your own safety; treat them as though they are live and deadly. Never touch downed wires or anything coming into contact with fallen lines. If you see a downed wire, keep everyone away and notify us immediately at 508-261-7395 or 508-261-7300 after hours.