(The following advisory concerning Hurricane Sandy was issued Sunday afternoon by Dedham Town Administrator Bill Keegan.)
Hurricane Sandy is expected to impact the Town during the early morning hours of Monday and is expected to last into Tuesday.
The Town has been working closely with our Emergency Management Team and the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) to prepare for the storm’s impact. The Town has been preparing for several days and is ready to assist residents as needed during this significant weather event. In preparation for the Storm the Town is recommending the following actions over the next few days.
1. Trash Collection will be cancelled for tomorrow but we do hope to collect it on
Tuesday. As a result of the cancellation of Mondays Trash, collection for the remaining week will be delayed by one day. If there are further changes to the Trash Schedule we will advise residents with another alert.
2. If residents witness downed wires near your homes, we do not recommend that you touch the wires as they may still be live. Downed wires should be reported to the Town’s Dispatch Center and we will address it with all necessary resources. The number for dispatch is 781-751-9300.
3. If you experience a loss of power, please report this to NSTAR directly by calling 1-800-592-2000. Loss of power calls should not be referred to our dispatch center unless it is an emergency.
4. Given the amount of leaves that are falling this time of year, it is important that you keep catch basins clear of any leaves so that the drainage system can continue to operate effectively. Your assistance is appreciated.
5. The town may be opening a shelter at the Dedham Middle School as the need arises. Residents who need temporary shelter should call the State Resource Line for this information by dialing 211.
6. Dedham Schools are closed on Monday.
7. All Dedham Recreation programs will be cancelled for tomorrow. In addition the pool will be closed tomorrow. Both resources hope to be available on Tuesday but a lot will depend on the severity of storm in the community.
8. We do advise residents to stay home during the event and even for a period after the event until roadways are safely cleared.
9.The town will be posting periodic updates on our website for additional
information as it becomes available. You can access this information by going to www.dedham-ma.gov.
10. The Town’s Emergency Operations Center located in Dedham Town Hall will be open starting tomorrow morning at 6 a.m. If residents have general questions they can call 781-751-9220 and we will be glad to assist. No business will be transacted at Town Offices tomorrow as non-essential employees will not be reporting for work.