Mayor Warren and City Officials begin preparation for Hurricane Sandy
Newton – The City of Newton has begun preparations for Hurricane Sandy, in anticipation of significant rainfall and winds beginning late Sunday night and into Monday and Tuesday. This afternoon, MayoWarren met with key staff from the department of Police, Fire, Public Works, Public Buildings, Parks and Recreation, Newton Public Schools, Health and Human Services, Senior Services, Newton Wellesley Hospital, Cataldo Ambulance, the Newton Housing Authority, and the Board of Aldermen, to ensure that the appropriate steps are being taken in advance of the storm.
As we approach the storm, there are several things that residents should be aware of:
● The city will monitor the storm throughout the weekend, and take preemptive measures to any issues that arise.
● Residents who have not already done so should sign up for our Emergency Call list by visiting www.newtonma.gov and clicking on the “Sign up for City Alerts” icon.
● The Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) has provided several tips for residents to prepare themselves for the hurricane. They include information on protecting your home, what items to stockpile, and maintaining communication in the event of a power outage. The items and many other useful tips can be found here.
● The City of Newton website will be updates as developments occur. Please check www.newtonma.gov for news and updates.
● Residents should bring lawn furniture and other items that could potentially be blown in the wind indoors.
● During regular business hours, residents can contact the City of Newton at 617-796-1000. Our combined Police/Fire Dispatch may be reached 24/7 at 617-796-2100. Emergencies should be reported to 911.
● Power outages should be reported to NStar by calling 800-592-2100.
● Residents are strongly encouraged to ensure that catch basins on their street are clear of leaves and debris.
● Stay away from any downed wires, and do not touch any trees that downed wires are touching.
● If there is significant water in your basement, do not touch it. Contact the Fire Department immediately.