City of Boston Mayor Menino – Hurricane Irene Announcement

Press Release, August 26, 2011

Mayor Thomas M. Menino today announced that the City of Boston is prepared to
deal with the impacts of Hurricane Irene.  The high-impact storm is expected to
reach Boston on Sunday, bringing heavy rain and hurricane-force winds to the
Boston area.  The Emergency Operations Center has been activated and City
departments have taken measures to prepare and staff up the center for Irene’s
arrival.  Mayor Menino reminds residents to take precautions and use common
sense this weekend to stay safe throughout the storm.

“We have been watching the progression of Hurricane Irene closely and City
departments have plans in place to respond as needed to the damage and effects
of this storm,” said Mayor Menino. “The city is being proactive, and urging
residents to do the same.”

City Departments and emergency responders are working together and preparing
for potential flooding, high winds, and down trees and power lines.  The City is
in close communication with NStar and National Grid to manage any power outages
and each department has designated personnel to man the Emergency Operations
Center.  Preparations include bolstering staff, securing construction sites, and
readying equipment for debris removal.

Residents are reminded to take the following safety
precautions:

  • Secure patio furniture, grills, window boxes, air conditioners, or anything
    else that may become a projectile in high winds.
  • Keep batteries and flashlights on hand in case of power outage.
  • Stay indoors and away from windows.
  • Do not drive or go outside during the storm to help keep roads clear for
    emergency vehicles.
  • Immediately after a storm, use caution going outdoors.  Be alert for hazards
    such as broken glass, down power lines, and damage to buildings.
  • If you see down trees or power lines, call the Mayor’s Hotline to report the
    issue.

Residents can call the Mayor’s hotline (617-635-4500) with
any storm-related issues or concerns and increased staff are on hand to respond
to matters and direct callers to appropriate agencies for support if needed.
For the latest information regarding the storm, residents can also visit
www.cityofboston.gov or follow @notifyboston on
twitter.

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