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For Immediate Release
MAYNARD — As Hurricane Joaquin is now rated a category four storm, with the chance that it may impact New England, Police Chief Mark W. Dubois and Fire Chief Anthony Stowers recommend that residents take the necessary safety precautions to prepare themselves for potentially serious weather.
We are in the middle of the annual hurricane season. The state is at risk of receiving a hurricane or tropical storm until November 30. Heavy rain and strong winds can cause a multitude of problems like power outages, fallen debris and floods that often block roads and emergency vehicles, prolonging damage.
“We could potentially see the effects of a very serious tropical storm this weekend,” Chief Dubois said. “It is important to make sure you are prepared for this type of weather to best ensure your safety.”
Maynard Police and Fire suggest that all residents follow tips outlined by the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) — a state-run organization tasked with preparing the commonwealth for natural and man-made disasters — in the event of a flood watch or warning alert.
• Don’t attempt to drive through large puddles or on flooded roads, which that could threaten your safety. Just 6 inches of moving water can knock you down, and 2 feet of water can sweep your vehicle away.
• If there is a chance of flash flooding, move immediately to higher ground. Flash floods are the number one cause of weather-related deaths in the U.S.
• If floodwaters rise around your car but the water is not moving, abandon the car and move to higher ground. Do not leave the car and enter moving water.
• Avoid camping or parking along streams, rivers and creeks during heavy rainfall. These areas can flood quickly and with little warning.
“Heavy rain can make roads dangerous to travel on and navigate,” Chief Stowers said. “Be cautious of the weather this weekend and remain indoors if conditions become serious.”
MEMA also recommends purchasing a generator to maintain electricity despite an outage. Generators should always be kept outside since they emit carbon monoxide fumes that can quickly accumulate if indoors.
• Check flashlights and portable radios to confirm they’re working.
• Fully charge your cell phone, laptop and any other devices before the storm.
• If you own a car, make sure its gas tank is at least half full in the event you need to travel. Purchase a car phone charger so that you can charge your device if you lose power at your home.
• Ensure that you have an emergency kit that has basic medicine and bandages.
• Set your refrigerator and freezer to their coldest settings (remember to reset them back to normal once power is restored). During an outage, minimize the number of times you open the refrigerator or freezer door.
Be prepared! Pack a bag with important items in case you need to evacuate. Don’t forget to include needed medications and any valuable personal belongings.
Maynard Police Department
Mark W. Dubois, Chief of Police
197 Main St.
Maynard, MA 01754
Maynard Fire Department
Anthony Stowers, Fire Chief, EFO/CFO
1 Summer St.
Maynard, MA 01754
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, Sept. 21, 2015
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MAYNARD — Police Chief Mark W. Dubois and the Maynard Police Department are working to ensure children stay safe while in the car with family or friends by reminding the community about correctly securing young passengers in car seats or boosters.
The Massachusetts Child Passenger Safety Law requires that all children sit in a federally approved car seat or booster, which must be properly fastened and secured, until they are 8 years old or over 57 inches tall. It is recommended that children under the age of 13 ride in the back seat.
All infants and toddlers should be in rear-facing car seats until they reach the age of 2 years old, or the weight and height limit issued by the manufacturer. Toddlers and preschoolers should be placed in convertible and forward-facing seats equipped with a harness. Once school-aged children outgrow their forward-facing seats, they should sit in a booster until they are old enough to wear a seat belt.
“It is imperative that residents take the time to properly install a car seat or booster to ensure their children remain safe while in the car,” Chief Dubois said. “Please also remember that the safest place for your children is the back seat of a vehicle.”
According to the Massachusetts Executive Office of Public Safety and Security, 75 percent of child safety seats are installed incorrectly, and motor vehicle crashes are one of the leading causes of death and injury for all children. In fact, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) reports that 638 children 12 years old and younger were killed in motor vehicle accidents in 2013, and that more than 127,250 were injured.
Properly securing your child in an age and size appropriate car seat greatly lowers the risk of serious and fatal injuries. The CDC reports that:
- Car seats reduce the risk of death to infants by 71 percent, and to toddlers between ages 1 to 4 by 54 percent.
- Booster seatsdecrease the risk for serious injury by 45 percent for children 4 to 8 years old when compared with solely seat belt use.
Click here for a message on child safety seats from mass.gov.
For more information on child car seat safety or need help with installation please contact the Maynard Police Department at 978-897-1011 or to find a checkup event, visit www.mass.gov/childsafetyseats.
The Town of Maynard Public Safety Communications Department is currently accepting applications for the position of full-time Public Safety Telecommunicators. Applicants should be able to communicate well, have a solid knowledge of computers and word processing, and the ability to handle and prioritize multiple tasks in a busy, noisy, and stressful environment. Applicants holding CJIS, APCO, E-911 and EMD certifications and with previous public safety experience preferred, but not required. Applicants should be willing to work weekends, holidays, evenings and nights, on a rotating schedule. Starting Salary is $19.00 per hour with shift differential. Employment offers will be dependent upon successfully passing a thorough background investigation. Application deadline is September 18th , 2015. Interested candidates should forward a resume and interest letter to:
Maynard Police Department
197 Main St
Maynard MA 01754
Or Via e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Maynard Police vs Maynard Fire Charity Softball Game
Saturday, September 12th
Crow Park, rt. 117, Maynard
Admission: $5/ages 13+ (Children under 12 – free)
All proceeds to benefit the Boys & Girls Club of Assabet Valley.
Come down and watch your Maynard Police Officers and Firefighters play each other in a friendly game of softball for public safety bragging rights! Food and drink for sale by Mary’s Catering. 50/50 raffle, contests & more!!!!