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Just Thinking Discusses Natural Disasters with Local Experts

by Mary Greendale
September 30, 2017

While Holliston is relatively safe from major weather disasters, with the possible exception of blizzards or the rare hurricane, we all need to be prepared for localized and personal emergencies.

The nation has been hit by many disasters in the past few months from wildfires to floods and hurricanes, and Mexico was hit with an earthquake. While Holliston is relatively safe from major weather disasters, with the possible exception of blizzards or the rare hurricane, we all need to be prepared for localized and personal emergencies.

With that in mind, I interviewed the folks who are responsible for emergency and disaster planning and assistance on my “Just Thinking” show on Holliston Cable Access Television. You can see the show on your TV, phone or computer - see box at end.

My guests were Director of Emergency Management Fire Chief Mike Cassidy, Police Chief Matt Stone, and DPW Director Sean Reese. They provided extensive information that residents need to know about local management of emergencies, big and small. But I wrote this article to make sure that I got two specific pieces of information out to everyone possible.

1.  When there is a town wide or regional crisis, a true emergency, you will be personally contacted via the town’s Blackboard system IF YOU HAVE GIVEN YOUR CONTACT INFO TO THE TOWN.

Check the Town’s website for the application. http://www.townofholliston.us/ Click on “Blackboard Connect” (right column).

The town uses this for real emergencies only, so be sure to listen to or read the call/text. They do not use it for announcements of a routine nature – even very important ones – just emergencies that require your attention.

2. Health events and home accidents are obviously the most common emergencies. Be sure to post a list of any medications you or others in your family are prescribed along with family contact information and any other critical information about healthcare. Place it somewhere the EMT’s would look – like the front of the refrigerator, in case the victim is alone and/or uncommunicative.  This can save your life.

JUST THINKING

Mary Greendale discusses Disaster Preparedness with

Holliston Police Chief Matt Stone, Fire Chief Michael Cassidy

and Department of Public Works Director Sean Reese.

Tuesday 3:00pm & 8:00pm on HCAT TV.

You Tube:  https://youtu.be/82OVha6WhrI

 

 

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