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911 Runs in MA – Call if you can, text if you can’t. Boston Strong !

BOSTON, MA — The Massachusetts State 911 Department is pleased to announce that Text to 911 is now available throughout the Commonwealth. All Massachusetts 911 call centers now have ability to receive a text message through their 911 system. The Baker-Polito Administration has supported making these system enhancements since ; Text to 911 allows those in need of emergency services to use their cellular device to contact 911 when they are unable to place a voice ; “This is a significant improvement to our…
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INDUSTRIAL OPIOID DISASTER – A blizzard of prescriptions’: Documents reveal new details about Purdue’s marketing of OxyContin

Stat News by Andrew Joseph reports - When Purdue Pharma started selling its prescription opioid painkiller OxyContin in 1996, Dr. Richard Sackler asked people gathered for the launch party to envision natural disasters like an earthquake, a hurricane, or a blizzard. The debut of OxyContin, said Sackler — a member of the family that started and controls the company and then a company executive — “will be followed by a blizzard of prescriptions that will bury the competition.” Five years later,…
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AG Healey Offers Resources and Advice to Residents in the Aftermath of Gas Explosions and Fires

BOSTON, MA: via mass. gov  - As communities in the Merrimack Valley cope with the aftermath of the devastating fires and explosions yesterday, Attorney General Maura Healey is offering resources and advice to residents in need of support. “The state’s first priority is to ensure the safety of the Merrimack Valley, assist fire victims, and restore power and gas to residents,” AG Healey said. “While state and federal safety regulators determine the cause of these explosions, my office will serve as…
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Illegal Immigration Crisis – DHS Secretary Nielsen’s Remarks

WASHINGTON – Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen M. Nielsen delivered remarks at the White House Press Briefing on the illegal immigration crisis at the southern border: SECRETARY NIELSEN: Good afternoon. It is my pleasure to be here because I would love to see if I can help explain some of what is going on and give you some of the facts. I know there have been a lot put out there but hopefully we clarify some things today. I just…
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President Donald J. Trump is Acting to Enforce the Law, While Keeping Families Together

It’s about keeping families together, while at the same time, being sure that we have a very powerful, very strong border. President Donald J. Trump SECURING THE BORDER, KEEPING FAMILIES TOGETHER: President Donald J. Trump is using his existing executive authority to address family separation of illegal alien border-crossers. President Trump is committed to protecting our Nation’s borders during a historic influx of illegal alien border crossers, while taking action under current legal constraints to prevent the separation of illegal…
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Ongoing Coastal Resiliency Projects

COHASSET, MA:  Lt. Governor Karyn Polito yesterday joined members of the Seaport Economic Council, local elected officials and community members in a series of visits to economic development zones in the towns of Scituate, Cohasset and Hull. In February 2017, the Seaport Economic Council (SEC) awarded $5 million in grant funding for 13 coastal communities to improve local infrastructure and drive maritime economic development. Lt. Governor Polito travelled to three sites — Cole Parkway Municipal Marina in Scituate, Cohasset Harbor, and Pemberton Point in…
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Coast Guard urges preparedness for 2018 hurricane season. 4600+ reported killed in Puerto Rico Hurricane Maria

Listen to local officials : If told to evacuate, do so immediately. You should consider evacuating if you live near bodies of water, a mobile home or high-rise building . The Coast Guard reminds the public and mariners to prepare for the 2018 hurricane season. The Atlantic hurricane season runs from June 1 to Nov. 30, with the peak occurring between mid-August and late October. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Climate Prediction Center is forecasting a 75 percent chance the 2018 Atlantic hurricane…
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Son of First Responder at Boston Marathon Bombings Pleads Guilty for ISIS-Inspired Attack Plot

The son of a first responder at the scene of the Boston Marathon bombing in 2013 pleaded guilty on May 21 to multiple charges in connection with an ISIS-inspired plot to attack an unspecified college campus, according to federal prosecutors. Authorities arrested Alexander Ciccolo on July 4, 2015, after he bought four guns from an FBI informant. A prior conviction prohibited Ciccolo, 25, from possessing firearms. His father, Boston Police Captain Robert Ciccolo, alerted the FBI of his son’s desire to join…
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PROFESSOR LEADS PHYSICAL THERAPY CARE AT BOSTON MARATHON

Boston, MA: by Greg St. Martin / Northeastern University - David Nolan started volunteering at the Boston Marathon 16 years ago—and he never left. Nolan, associate clinical professor and director of the Sports Physical Therapy Residency Program, began as one of the dozens of physical therapy professionals who deliver hands-on care to runners at the finish line. But in the past decade or so, he’s taken on more of a leadership role in that regard. Now, he oversees the entire physical…
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Resilience – GLOBAL DISASTER RESPONSE NEEDS A NETWORKED APPROACH

  BOSTON, MA. 03/29/2018- Douglas Fears, White House resilience head, presidential advisor and senior director of resilience policy at the National Security Council, speaks during the 2018 Global Resilience Research Network summit held in East Village 17th floor on March 29, 2018. Photo by Matthew Modoono/Northeastern University. “Pray for me.” A homeless boy from Puerto Rico said those words to presidential advisor Doug Fears as his helicopter prepared to leave the mountain town of Utuado in the aftermath of Hurricane…
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Baker-Polito Administration Files Legislation Committing Over $1.4 Billion to Climate Change, Environmental Protection, and Community Investments

Projects Will Continue the Baker-Polito Administration’s Strong Leadership on Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation, and Environmental Stewardship SCITUATE, MA:  — Governor Baker today filed legislation to authorize over $ billion in capital allocations for investments in safeguarding residents, municipalities and businesses from the impacts of climate change, protecting environmental resources, and investing in communities. Announced by Governor Baker today from Scituate, An Act Promoting Climate Change Adaptation, Environmental and Natural Resource Protection and Investment in Recreational Assets and Opportunity will enable critical…
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Bomb Cyclone Causes Extensive Seacoast Damage – Waves Crash Over Seacoast Homes

Marshfield, MA: Atlantic Strong waves crash over waterfront homes as a winter Nor'Easter evolved into a bomb cyclone moves out to sea. The storm has caused extensive damage along the Greater Boston Eastern shoreline . Director of Emergency Management Lieutenant Arthur T. Shaw states, "Although there were more instances of vehicles and persons out during this storm than we had hoped for after our extensive warnings, we would like to thank the vast majority of our residents who did heed our…
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Opioid-related overdose deaths in 2017 fell by more than 8 percent

BOSTON, MA: 2/14/2018 — Opioid-related overdose deaths in Massachusetts declined in 2017 by an estimated percent compared to 2016. This is the first time in several years there has been a year over year decline, according to the quarterly report released today by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH). This is the third consecutive quarterly report where the number of estimated and confirmed opioid-related deaths declined. "While there is still a lot of work to do, this report is encouraging news that gives us…
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2.7 Magnitude Earthquake Center SE of East Kingston, New Hampshire 9:29 a.m. 42 Miles North of Boston

Boston, MA: The following earthquake magnitudes were recorder 2/15/2018 approx. 9:29am. Modified Mercalli Intensity Scale (MMI) The Modified Mercalli Intensity (MMI) scale depicts shaking severity. An earthquake has a single magnitude that indicates the overall size and energy released by the earthquake. City State/Region Country Zip Code MMI Responses Distance Latitude Longitude Boston MA United States of America 02116 I 2 63 km Brighton MA United States of America 02135 I 1 64 km Boston MA United States of America 02210 I 1…
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NORTH EAST & NEW ENGLAND ALERT – Atlantic Strong Lower Atlantic Seacoast & Inland Potential for Severe Hurricane Flood Activity President Trump Declares Emergency

Washington, DC: Hurricane Irma - President Donald J. Trump declared that an emergency exists in the State of Florida and ordered Federal assistance to supplement State, tribal, and local response efforts due to the emergency conditions resulting from Hurricane Irma beginning on September 4, 2017, and continuing. The President’s action authorizes the Department of Homeland Security, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), to coordinate all disaster relief efforts.  This action will help alleviate the hardship and suffering that the emergency may inflict…
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Theft, looting and other violent crime – Houston authorities announce formation of working group to fight Hurricane Harvey related fraud

  Coast Guard Atlantic Strike Team members search house to house in Port Arthur, Texas, Aug. 30, 2017 for people needing to be evacuated due to flooding in the area following Hurricane Harvey. In total, Coast Guard has saved more than 10,000 people. ( Coast Guard photo/Released)   Coast Guard Petty Officer 3rd Class Grant Bowers of Maritime Safety Security Team San Francisco recovers a puppy in the Port Arthur, Texas area Friday, Sept. 1, 2017. Since the storm Coast…
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Victim Assistance dilutes as Boston Medical Boston Bombing aftermath Mass Resiliency Center Closes

Boston, MA: The Mass Resiliency Center, located at the  Boston Medical Center, established for the Boston Bombings survivor closed August 31, 2017. Kermit A Crawford,  Executive Director, wrote the following: Today is the last day of the Massachusetts Resiliency Center (RC). We began this journey in July, 2014, with commitment to help and with a mission. From there we built an organization to serve the entire Survivor Community, without qualification. In other words, our commitment was to every individual who…
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Boston EMS mourns the passing of Captain Robert Y. “Sarge” Haley

IN MEMORY OF CAPTAIN ROBERT Y. HALEY.  Boston, MA: August 29, 2017 - Boston EMS mourns the passing of Captain Robert Y. "Sarge" Haley, one of the most respected and influential members of the department.  Often seen wearing khakis, a bullet-lined belt, and polo shirt, Haley had a demeanor that commanded respect. With the middle name of "York," his nickname dates back to when he was a young boy in South Boston, in honor of Sergeant Alvin York, a decorated World…
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Dig Into Climate Ready Boston

Boston, MA: Climate change gets up close and personal with the City of Boston's educational map explorer tool -- you can now explore what the impacts of our changing climate will look in your neighborhood. This tool allows you to learn more about the data layers used in the Climate Ready Boston recommendations for protecting our City from a changing climate, and helps you better understand how projections are influencing resiliency solutions.   The map explorer features location-based data from Climate Ready Boston.…
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