MEMA WINTER PREPAREDNESS STEPS TO TAKE BEFORE THE STORM

Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency COMMUNITY ANNOUNCEMENT
“Before snow, ice and severe winter weather hit the region, it is important that you take the proper steps to ensure the safety of your family and home,” states Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) Director Kurt Schwartz.

Understand the winter terminology used by weather forecasters:

  1. Winter Storm Watch – Be alert, a storm is likely.
  2. Winter Storm Warning – Take action, the storm is in or entering the area.
  3. Blizzard Warning – Snow and strong winds combined will produce blinding snow, near zero visibility, deep drifts, and life-threatening wind chill. Seek refuge immediately.
  4. Winter Weather Advisory – Winter weather conditions are expected to cause significant inconveniences and may be hazardous, especially to motorists.
  5. Frost/Freeze Warning – Below freezing temperatures are expected and may cause damage to plants, crops or fruit trees.
  • Ensure your Winter Emergency Supply Kit is stocked with supplies to enable you to survive on your own for at least three to five days. There should be a first-aid kit, essential prescription medicines, non-perishable foods (those that require no refrigeration such as canned goods, dried fruits and nuts), a manual can opener, water (one gallon per person, per day), flashlights and extra batteries along with a portable radio or NOAA Weather Radio, baby-care or pet supplies items, extra blankets, sleeping bags and a fire extinguisher.
  • Ensure that your Winter Emergency Car Kit is well stocked to keep you and your vehicle safe.
  • If a storm is coming that may bring power outages, fully charge your cell phone, laptop, and any other devices in advance of a power outage.
  • Do not call 9-1-1 to report your power outage or to ask for information, use 9-1-1 only for emergencies. Contact your utility company to report the outage and get restoration information. Call 2-1-1 with other winter-related issues.
  • Consider purchasing a solar-powered or hand crank charger. If you own a car, purchase a car phone charger to enable you to charge your phone if you lose power at your home.
  • Download the free ping4alert! app to your Smartphone to receive important weather alerts and messages from MEMA. Easy instructions are available at www.mass.gov/mema/mobileapp.
  • Trim dead tree branches and limbs close to your home. Ice, snow and wind can combine to snap limbs that can take down power lines or damage your home.
  • Clean gutters. Melting snow and ice can build up if gutters are clogged with debris. When thawing begins, the water can back up under your roof and eaves causing damage to walls and ceilings.
  • Check your homeowner’s insurance policy to ensure adequate coverage.
  • Ensure that your Smoke and Carbon Monoxide (CO) detectors are working correctly and have fresh batteries. Check your outside fuel exhaust vents, making sure that they are not obstructed by snow or ice. Never use cooking equipment intended for outside use indoors as a heat source or cooking device.
  • Have your chimney flue checked for any buildup of creosote and cleaned if necessary to lessen the risk of fire.
  • Have sufficient heating fuel, as regular sources may be cut off. Have the option of emergency heating equipment and fuel (a gas fireplace, wood burning stove or fireplace) so you can safely keep at least one room livable. Be sure the room is well ventilated.
  • Make sure your home is properly insulated. Caulk and weather-strip doors and windows to keep cold air out.
  • Install storm windows or cover windows with plastic from the inside to provide insulation.
  • To keep pipes from freezing, wrap them in insulation or layers of newspapers, covering the newspapers with plastic to keep out moisture. Let faucets drip a little to avoid freezing.
  • Know how to safely shut off gas, electric power and water valves.
  • If your water supply could be affected by a power outage (a well-water pump system), be prepared to fill your bathtub and spare containers with water. Water in the bathtub should be used for sanitation purposes only, not as drinking water. Pouring a pail of water from the tub directly into the bowl can flush a toilet.
  • If pipes freeze, remove insulation, completely open all faucets and pour hot water over the pipes, starting where they are most exposed to the cold. A hand-held hair dryer, used with caution, also works well.
  • If electric power is lost, do not open the refrigerator or freezer door. Food can stay cold in a full refrigerator for up to 24 hours and in a well-packed freezer for 48 hours (24 hours if it is half-packed). If you have medication that requires refrigeration, check with your pharmacist for guidance on proper storage during an extended outage.
  • Review the process for manually operating your electric garage door.
  • Be a Good Neighbor. Check in on friends, family, and neighbors, particularly those most susceptible to extreme temperatures and power outages such as seniors and those with access and functional needs.
  • MEMA is the state agency charged with ensuring the state is prepared to withstand, respond to, and recover from all types of emergencies and disasters, including natural hazards, accidents, deliberate attacks, and technological and infrastructure failures. MEMA’s staff of professional planners, communications specialists and operations and support personnel is committed to an all hazards approach to emergency management. By building and sustaining effective partnerships with federal, state and local government agencies, and with the private sector – - individuals, families, non-profits and businesses – - MEMA ensures the Commonwealth’s ability to rapidly recover from large and small disasters by assessing and mitigating threats and hazards, enhancing preparedness, ensuring effective response, and strengthening our capacity to rebuild and recover. For additional information about MEMA and Winter Preparedness, go to www.mass.gov/mema. Continue to follow MEMA updates on Twitter at www.twitter.com/MassEMA; Facebook at www.facebook.com/MassachusettsEMA; and YouTube at www.youtube.com/MassachusettsEMA. Download the free ping4alert! app to your Smartphone to receive important weather alerts and messages from MEMA. Easy instructions are available at www.mass.gov/mema/mobileapp.

MIAA Football Championships at Gillette Stadium – Game, TV, and Radio Schedules

MIAA LogoCOMMUNITY ANNOUNCEMENT
One of the most exciting, action-packed days on the annual New England football calendar is about to get even better when Gillette Stadium hosts all six of the Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association (MIAA) Football Championships in a single day on Saturday, Dec. 7. It will be the first time in Massachusetts high school football history that all state finals are played on one field.

Under the new MIAA football playoff format, 160 teams qualified for the postseason and after four weeks of thrilling football, 12 remain. Those teams will compete for their division’s state title on New England’s most famous football field and will be joined by thousands of cheering fans, cheerleaders, school bands and special guests.

The Kraft family, which will donate the use of Gillette Stadium for the seventh straight year, will again treat the state championship participants and their fans to an NFL-caliber game presentation, with music and replays on the stadium’s high-definition video boards. Kraft Sports Productions will produce a live television broadcast of all six games. The Kraft family will cover costs for the event.

Ticket information for the Gillette Stadium/MIAA Tournament experience will be announced later this week. Admission fee includes parking, admission to all six games, and a game day discount of $3 at The Hall at Patriot Place presented by Raytheon.

MIAA FOOTBALL CHAMPIONSHIPS GAME SCHEDULE
*Game times are approximate, starting 15 minutes after conclusion of the previous game

Division VI Cohasset vs. Littleton 9:00 a.m.*
Division IV Dennis Yarmouth vs. Doherty 11:00 a.m.*
Division II Mansfield vs. St. John’s 1:30 p.m.*
Division I Central Catholic vs. Xaverian 3:30 p.m.
Division III Tewksbury vs. Plymouth South 6:00 p.m.
Division V Bishop Fenwick vs. Northbridge 8:00 p.m.*

GENERAL INFORMATION
Tickets and Gate Information
Ticket information for the Gillette Stadium/MIAA Tournament experience will be announced later this week. Tickets are available via Ticketmaster beginning Monday, Dec. 2. Tickets will be available on game day at the Gillette Stadium ticket office, located outside the Patriot Place Gate, beginning at 8 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 7. All fans will enter the stadium via the NRG Gate, located near The Hall at Patriot Place and CBS Scene.

Parking
Parking is included as part of the Gillette Stadium/MIAA Tournament experience. Fans arriving via Route 495 and Route 1 North should enter the stadium parking lots via the P7 or P8 entrances. Fans arriving via Route 95 and Route 1 South should enter the stadium parking lots via the P1 entrance. No tailgating will be allowed in the parking lots. Fan buses are encouraged to arrive at least 30 minutes prior to each game’s approximate start time.

Concessions and Dining
Concessions will be available throughout the day at Gillette Stadium. In addition, Patriot Place features 15 casual to high-end restaurants for pregame meals or postgame celebrations. Visit www.patriot-place.com for restaurant info.

Blood Drive at Gillette Stadium
MIAA Football Championship attendees can also participate in the Bob’s Discount Furniture Blood Drive in Gillette Stadium’s Putnam Club West. Fans who give blood during Championship Saturday get credit for their school towards the Bob’s Discount Furniture $250,000 High School Heroes Scholarship Program. The event will also feature furniture, ticket and autographed item giveaways, Patriots alumni and cheerleader appearances, family fun and more.

The Hall at Patriot Place presented by Raytheon
The award-winning Hall at Patriot Place will offer $3 off adult admission on Saturday with a ticket to the High School Football Championships (regular admission to The Hall is $10 for adults, $7 for seniors and active military, $5 for children 5-12 and children 4 and younger are free). The Hall’s New England Football exhibit displays jerseys from all of the 2012 MIAA football champions, and following the games will begin displaying jerseys from all of the 2013 champions.

BROADCAST INFORMATION
Kraft Sports Productions will produce the television broadcast, which will air all six games on Comcast SportsNet. The games will also be simulcast on 98.5 The Sports Hub.

Division Game Time* TV Coverage Radio Coverage
Div. VI 9:00 a.m. Comcast SportsNet 98.5 The Sports Hub
Div. IV 11:00 a.m. Comcast SportsNet 98.5 The Sports Hub
Div. II 1:30 p.m. Comcast SportsNet 98.5 The Sports Hub
Div. I 3:30 p.m. Comcast SportsNet 98.5 The Sports Hub
Div. III 6:00 p.m. Comcast SportsNet 98.5 The Sports Hub
Div. V 8:00 p.m. Comcast SportsNet 98.5 The Sports Hub

Live School Committee Coverage Tonight

Foxboro School Committee Coverage, LiveThe Foxborough School Committee will meet tonight (Monday, December 1st) at 7pm in the Foxborough High School Media Center.  FCA will air the meeting live on the Education Channel (Comcast 12/Verizon 37) and online at http://www.fcatv.org/live

Foxborough School Committee Meetings are replayed on the Education Channel (Comcast 12/Verizon 37) during the following times:

Fridays at noon
Saturdays at 7pm
Sundays at 12pm & 7pm

Residents can also watch previous meetings online by browsing through the  FCA video directory.

The following agenda has been posted:

Foxborough School Committee Meeting Agenda

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