SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) – As much of the East Coast prepares for a visit from Sandy, ABC40 wants to make sure you are armed with the information and resources you may need for the storm.
From tips to help you prepare to how to reach your electric company if you need help, we have tips and tools to help you prepare for the storm,
We also have handy phone numbers and social media resources so you can stay in touch in case you lose power.
The Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) offers these tips to prepare for the storm:
- Make sure you have a well-stocked Family Disaster Kit in the event you lose power or are isolated for a number of days.
- Trim back trees and shrubbery around your home. Remove diseased or damaged tree limbs that could be blown down, causing damage, during a storm.
- Clear clogged rain gutters. This storm brings the potential for torrential rain. Providing clear drainage will help prevent misdirected flooding.
- Bring in outdoor items such as lawn furniture, trash barrels, hanging plants, toys and awnings that can be broken or picked up by strong winds and used as a missile.
- Make sure storage sheds, children’s playhouses or other outbuildings are securely anchored, either to a permanent foundation or with straps and ground anchors.
- Elevate articles in your basement that could be damaged from even minor flooding.
- Make temporary plywood covers to protect windows and sliding doors. Drill holes for screws or lag bolts in each cover and around each window. Note: Taping of windows does not prevent them from breaking.
- Keep you vehicles fully fueled.
- Have a certain amount of cash available. If power is lost, ATMs may not be working.
- Make a record of your personal property. Keep an itemized list of your furniture, clothing and valuables to assist adjusters in case of a claim. Back it up with photographs or video.
- Protect your insurance policies and other important documents in a secure place like a safe deposit box or a watertight box. Many people back up important documents online.
- Learn where gas pilots and water mains are located and how to safely shut off all utilities.
- Lock doors and windows to ensure that they are closed tight to help protect against strong winds and rain.
- Boat owners, who plan on taking their vessel out of the water soon, should consider doing so this weekend.
- Think about and plan for pets’ needs as well.
Western Mass. Electric: 413-781-4300 (Spfld area) or 877-659-6326 (OUTAGE MAP)
National Grid: 1-800-465-1212 (OUTAGE MAP)
Holyoke Gas and Electric: 413-536-9300
Chicopee Electric Light: 413-594-7581 (OUTAGE INFO)
Westfield Gas and Electric: 413-572-0000
South Hadley Electric Light Dept.: 413-536-1050
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ABC40 App – In the event cable or power goes out, you can still watch ABC40 News streaming live on your mobile device. We will also continue to have all your up-to-date news, weather, sports, and any closings and delays.
Red Cross Hurricane App – Available in English and Spanish, the Red Cross app on your iPhone or Android phone gives users instant access to local and real-time information on what to do before, during, and after any major weather event, including hurricanes.
MEMA ping4alerts! – Available on iPhone and Android, it can alert citizens of public health and safety emergencies and disasters, including evacuations and weather advisories. Through what they call ‘geofencing’ technology, MEMA is able to send “highly targeted, instant multimedia alerts” to smartphone users. This technology will notify residents to situations and events happening right near them.