Chief of Police
2 Mudge Way
Bedford, MA 01730
BEDFORD FIRE DEPARTMENT
David Grunes, Fire Chief
55 Great Road
Bedford, MA 01730
For Immediate Release
Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2015
Contact: John Guilfoil
Email: [email protected]
Bedford Police and Fire Offer Hurricane and Flood Safety Tips
BEDFORD — As the possibility for severe weather continues during hurricane season, Police Chief Robert Bongiorno and Fire Chief David Grunes recommend that residents take the necessary safety precautions to prepare themselves for potentially serious storms.
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 repair vehicles, prolonging damage.
“The weather in the New England area can be very unpredictable, which is why we want our residents to be prepared for any situation,” Chief Bongiorno said. “Please take a moment to equip yourself with the appropriate tools to stay safe during inclement weather.”
Chief Bongiorno and Chief Grunes suggest that all residents follow tips outlined by the Massachusetts Emergency 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 flood of water 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.
“To avoid serious risk to your safety, please stay inside and avoid driving if possible during severe weather,” Chief Grunes said. “At the same time, stock up on flashlights, batteries, non perishable foods and basic medicinal items in case you lose power during a storm.”
MEMA also recommends purchasing a generator to maintain electricity despite an outage. Generators should always be kept outside since they admit 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.