MEMA OFFERS SAFETY TIPS FOR EXTREME COLD WEATHER

COMMUNITY ANNOUNCEMENT

The National Weather Service (NWS) is issuing Wind Chill Advisories throughout the Commonwealth for the remainder of the
week. Temperatures are expected to plummet and wind chills can reach -25 degrees in some areas. In order to ensure residents are prepared for these extreme temperatures, the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) has outlined the following safety tips.

  • Closely monitor local news reports for updates on weather forecasts and storm impacts.
  • Make sure you have a well-stocked Winter Home Emergency Supply Kit that includes flashlights, portable radio, extra batteries, a first aid kit, bottled water, non-perishable food and a manual can opener.
  • Minimize outside activities, particularly the elderly and very young and remember to consider your pets.
  • Dress in several layers of loose-fitting, lightweight clothing, rather than a single layer of heavy clothing. Outer garments should be tightly woven and water repellent. Wear a hat, mittens and sturdy waterproof boots, protecting your extremities. Cover your mouth with a scarf to protect your lungs.
  • Excessive exposure can lead to frostbite, which is damaging to body tissue that is frozen. Frostbite causes a loss of feeling and a pale appearance in extremities, such as fingers, toes, ear lobes or the tip of the nose. If symptoms are detected, seek medical help
    immediately.
  • Hypothermia can occur in extreme cases. The warning signs are uncontrollable shivering, memory loss, disorientation, incoherence,
    slurred speech, drowsiness and apparent exhaustion. If the person’s temperature drops below 95 degrees, seek immediate medical care.
  • Ensure you have sufficient heating fuel, as well as emergency heating equipment in case you lose electricity.
  • When utilizing alternate heating sources, such as your fireplace, wood stove or space heater, take the necessary safety precautions. Keep a fire extinguisher handy; ensuring everyone knows how to use it properly. Test smoke alarms and Carbon Monoxide (CO) detectors.
  • If utilizing an emergency generator, read, understand and follow the manufacturer’s instructions. Always operate emergency generators outdoors and away from any open window. Make sure your generator is properly installed and grounded as you may be liable for damage or injury to other people and property that may result from improperly installed or operated equipment.
  • Never use propane or charcoal grills indoors as they pose Carbon Monoxide (CO) and fire risks.
  • Clear exhaust vents from Direct Vent Gas Furnace Systems to avoid Carbon Monoxide (CO) poisoning. Also, never run an automobile until the exhaust pipe has been cleared of snow.
  • If you lose your heat, seal off unused rooms by stuffing towels in the cracks under the doors. At night, cover windows with extra blankets or sheets.
  • Be a good neighbor. Check with elderly or relatives and friends who may need additional assistance to ensure their safety.
  • To keep pipes from freezing, wrap them in insulation or layers of newspapers, covering the newspapers with plastic to keep out moisture. Allow a trickle of warm water to run from a faucet that is farthest from your water meter or one that has frozen in the past.
    This will keep the water moving so that it cannot freeze. Learn how to shut off your water if a pipe bursts.
  • If pipes freeze, remove insulation, completely open all faucets and pour hot water over the pipes or wrap them with towels soaked in
    hot water, starting where they are most exposed to the cold. A hand-held hair dryer, used with caution, also works well.
  • If you use medical equipment in your home that requires electricity, talk to your health care provider about how you can
    prepare for its use during a power outage. Ensure you have extra batteries for medical equipment and assistive devices.
  • If you have life-support devices that depend on electricity, contact your local electric company about your power needs for
    life-support devices (home dialysis, suction, breathing machines, etc.) in advance of an emergency. Some utility companies will put you
    on a “priority reconnection service” list. Talk to your equipment suppliers about your power options and also let your local fire
    department know that you are dependent on life-support devices.
  • Make sure your car is properly winterized. Keep the gas tank at least half-full. Carry a Winter Emergency Car Kit in the trunk
    including blankets, extra clothing, flashlight with spare batteries, a can and waterproof matches (to melt snow for drinking water),
    non-perishable foods, windshields scraper, shovel, sand, towrope and jumper cables.
  • Call the Information Telephone Service 2-1-1 for non-emergency storm-related questions.

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

School Committee Meeting Monday

Ms. Katie Adair, Bruce Gardner, Ms. Beverley Lord, Ms. Tina Belanger, Stephen P. UddenThe Foxborough School Committee will meet Monday, January 6th 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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FAMILY FUN AND WINTER ACTIVITIES HIGHLIGHT SCHOOL VACATION WEEK AT PATRIOT PLACE

COMMUNITY ANNOUNCEMENT
From special appearances by the cast of “Wicked Tuna” to cupcake decorating and face painting, there is something for everyone at Patriot Place during school vacation week.

The family fun kicks off on Saturday, Dec. 21, with a special event at Fanautical’s new location at 264 Patriot Place (next to Cupcake Charlie’s). Wrentham resident and Fanautical owner, June Wooding, recently announced her fun, pun-loving apparel store has partnered with Paul Hebert of National Geographic Channel’s hit reality TV show, “Wicked Tuna.”

The show’s cast will be making a special appearance at Fanautical from 1 to 5 p.m. to sign autographs and mingle with fans. Cast apparel is now available in store.

Earlier in the day, a caricature artist will be turning blank pieces of paper into amazing winter ski-themed scenes from the Winter Skate at Patriot Place tent from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Other activities throughout the week include rainbow loom bracelet making, winter movie showings at the Patriot Place Activity Center, winter face painting and cupcake decorating.

The following is a complete schedule of events:

“WICKED TUNA” CAST APPEARANCE AT FANAUTICAL
Saturday, Dec. 21, 1-5 p.m.
Stop by Fanautical’s new location at 264 Patriot Place (next to Cupcake Charlie’s) to meet some of the cast from National Geographic’s “Wicked Tuna.” Cast apparel available in store.

CARICATURE ARTIST AT WINTER SKATE TENT
Saturday, Dec. 21, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Watch as this talented artist turns a blank piece of paper into an amazing winter ski-themed scene with you in it!

WINTER MOVIES AT PATRIOT PLACE ACTIVITY CENTER
Thursday, Dec. 26, noon to 5 p.m.
Join Patriot Place for a special movie day! Stop by the Patriot Place Activity Center located between Red Robin and Capriotti’s Sandwich Shop to watch great winter-themed movies.

RAINBOW LOOM BRACELET MAKING
Friday, Dec. 27, noon to 1 p.m.
Join in on the Rainbow Loom fun at Patriot Place! Whether you’re a beginner or an advanced Rainbow Loom Bracelet maker, stop in and make some great jewelry. Activity located between Red Robin and Capriotti’s Sandwich Shop.

CARICATURE ARTIST AT WINTER SKATE TENT
Saturday, Dec. 28, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Watch as this talented artist turns a blank piece of paper into an amazing winter ski-themed scene with you in it!

WINTER FACE PAINTING AT PATRIOT PLACE ACTIVITY CENTER
Monday, Dec. 30, noon to 3 p.m.
Have some fun with winter-themed face painting when you stop into the Patriot Place Activity Center located between Red Robin and Capriotti’s Sandwich Shop.

CUPCAKE DECORATING AT PATRIOT PLACE ACTIVITY CENTER
Tuesday, Dec. 31, noon to 2 p.m.
Spend the afternoon decorating your very own winter-themed cupcakes provided by Cupcake Charlie’s at Patriot Place! Cupcake decorating will take place inside the Patriot Place Activity Center located between Red Robin and Capriotti’s Sandwich Shop.

PAT PATRIOT VISITS WINTER SKATE
Tuesday, Dec. 31, noon to 2 p.m.
Spend the afternoon skating with one of your favorite New England Patriots, Pat Patriot!

For more information, please visit Patriot Place’s website at www.patriot-place.com.

ABOUT PATRIOT PLACE
Patriot Place is a shopping, dining and entertainment destination located adjacent to Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts. Patriot Place features large and boutique retailers, 17 casual to high-end restaurants and other nightlife venues. Among the highlights of Patriot Place are New England’s first Bass Pro Shops, a state-of-the-art, 14-screen Showcase Cinema De Lux, the 16,000-square-foot CBS Scene Restaurant & Bar, the award-winning Hall at Patriot Place presented by Raytheon and the four-star Renaissance Hotel & Spa at Patriot Place. For more information, visit www.patriot-place.com, follow Patriot Place on Twitter (twitter.com/patriotplace) or like Patriot Place on Facebook (facebook.com/patriotplace).

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