Not because an emergency happened, but to have a plan in place in case of one. “We had a CERT meeting…we sat down, we were trying to brainstorm on how we could educate the community and the people of Holyoke. We thought, what a better way to showcase the resources that were available to the city of Holyoke in case a disaster was to happen either naturally or man-made,” said Steve Riffenburg, Head of Holyoke’s Community Emergency Response Team.
Steve Riffenburg, head of Holyoke’s Community Emergency Response Team also sees this as a way to connect with the community. They agree.
“El actividad muy buena, muy interesante, porque ayuda a la comunidad, y la seguridad the la ciudad de nostros aqui en Holyoke,” said Isabel Melendez. “It’s always better to be ready before than after. That way you have some knowledge of what to do,” Maria Perez added.
With the recent string of crimes in Holyoke, Lt. Matt Moriarty says he also hopes events like these will help break the code of silence in the community. “We have to get away from that because this is our city. and if you want your children to be looking over their shoulders, thinking they’re in danger, then yes, keep your mouth shut. But if you want your city where your mom, dad, and kids can be safe, then it’s time to start giving out information,” he stated.
Riffenburg says they might take public safety day on the road, visiting the city’s elderly homes and other neighborhoods in the near future.
If anyone has information they can call the Holyoke Criminal Investigations Bureau at 413-322-6900, or anonymously text it to CRIMES or 274637 and in the message type SOLVE and your tip.