David Ziomek, Town Manager John Musante, AFD Chief Tim Nelson
After conferring with Police, Fire, Dispatch, DPW, IT department, Schools, Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency, an our three institutes of higher education, Town Manager John Musante declared this morning that the town is ready for superstorm Sandy barrelling our way.
At 8:30 AM he declared a state of emergency and all non essential town employees will go home at noon. A reverse 911 call will go out shortly to roughly 9,000 subscribers (about 10% of them cell phones). The Homeless Shelter at Baptist Church will be allowed to open at 5:00 PM today three days earlier than usual.
Generators at both Fire Stations, Police Station and all the schools have been tested and are ready to go. While no building has been designated a "warming shelter" depending on the severity of the damage a "convenience center" may be established at one of the buildings with a generator for folks to charge their high tech gadgets.
With schools closed and many businesses closing early, there's nothing left to do now but wait. And hope.
Town emergency memo