The Town of Sudbury continues to prepare for the possibility of a severe storm this weekend. We are closely monitoring weather forecasts and along with MEMA, are recommending residents prepare to Shelter in Place.
“Shelter-in-Place is a standard protective action utilized in Emergency Management,” states Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency Director Kurt Schwartz. “It is most often used during dangerous conditions, such as a severe storm, like a hurricane, when it is preferable to be indoors, not outside or on the road.”
In the event residents find themselves unable to remain in their homes, the Town of Sudbury is preparing to open the Town's Emergency Shelter at the Fairbank Center at 40 Fairbank Road.
The following information can be found on the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency's website:
SAFETY TIPS TO REMEMBER
• Have a Family Disaster Kit.
• Develop a Family Communication Plan.
• Educate yourself about locations of public shelters. Learn your area’s vulnerability to flooding, as well.
• In highly flood-prone areas, keep materials on hand like sandbags, plywood, plastic sheeting, plastic garbage bags, lumber, shovels, work boots and gloves.
• Be aware of streams, drainage channels and areas known to flood, so you or your evacuation routes are not cut off.
• As a storm approaches, continually monitor the event on local Media.
• Avoid driving into water of unknown depth; as little as 6” of water may cause you to lose control of your vehicle.
• Avoid downed power lines. Assumed a downed wire is a live wire.
• Have flood insurance. Flood damage is not usually covered by homeowners insurance. Do not make assumptions. Check your policy. The National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) is a pre-disaster flood mitigation and insurance protection program. The National Flood Insurance Program makes federally backed flood insurance available to residents and business owners.
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