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Residents Encouraged to Prepare Now
Hurricane hazards come in many forms for the Springfield Metropolitan area: High winds, tornadoes, and flooding. This means it is important for your family to have a plan that includes all of these hazards. Look carefully at the safety actions associated with each type of hurricane hazard and prepare your family disaster plan accordingly. But remember this is only a guide. The first and most important thing anyone should do when facing a hurricane threat is to use common sense.
You should be able to answer the following questions before a hurricane threatens. Here are links to some tips from the NOAA National Hurricane Center Hurricane Preparedness web site:
- What are the Hurricane Hazards for the Springfield area?
- What does it mean to you?
- What actions should you take to be prepared?
- What actions should you take when a hurricane threatens?
When a Hurricane Watch is issuedYOU SHOULD:
- If you are without power, call Eversource at 781-4300 and report your outage. An automated system can walk you through the process.
- Turn off your lights (except one) and unplug major appliances and electronics to prevent electrical overload when the power is restored.
- Leave one light on so you'll know when power is restored.
- If your neighbor's power comes back on but yours does not, call Eversource. There may be damage that they are unaware of.
When You Call Eversource
- Be prepared to give your account number, name, telephone number and address, as well as a cross street.
- Tell them if you have heard anything out of the ordinary, can see an accident, can see sparks or know of downed trees or poles in your neighborhood. Be as specific as possible as this information is helpful when restoring power.
If you detect a gas leak through smell, sight (white cloud mist or fog), or sound (hissing or whistling), follow these three steps:
- Leave the building immediately. Do not light matches, touch and electrical equipment or switches, raise or lower windows, or use your house phone or cell phone before you leave.
- Call 911 from a nearby phone or cell phone once you’re away from the building.
- Watch from a safe location for the Springfield Fire Department and Columbia Gas of Massachusetts to arrive. Ask the Fire Department when it is safe to re-enter the building.
- Ready.gov emergency preparedness guide
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