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TRANSFORMATIVE PLAN TO CREATE RESILIENT, OPEN BOSTON HARBOR UNVEILED. – Would a $2.62 per BEER FLOW SURGE tax cover the project ?

"Resilient Boston Harbor" lays out strategies along Boston's 47-mile shoreline that will increase access and open space along the waterfront while better protecting the City. Mayor Martin J. Walsh today rolled out a comprehensive and transformative vision that will invest in Boston's waterfront to protect the City's residents, homes, jobs, and infrastructure against the impacts of rising sea level and climate change. Announced in his annual speech to the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce, the Mayor's plan, "Resilient Boston Harbor,"…
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CITY COUNCIL RECOGNIZES NATIONAL CLIMATE PREPAREDNESS WEEK IN BOSTON

The Council declared September 24 - 30 as Climate Preparedness Week in the City of Boston. Councilor Wu provided what she referred to as a "public service announcement" before the Council and guests during this week’s Council meeting. She announced that September is National Preparedness Month, explaining, "We have seen the need for preparedness, not just in the tragedy that happened in Lawrence, Andover and North Andover, but also in our extreme weather events." The Council declared September 24 -…
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CITY COUNCILORS EXAMINE THE SAFETY OF BOSTON’S GAS INFRASTRUCTURE

Councilors O’Malley, Flynn, and Pressley called for a hearing to examine the safety of gas infrastructure in the City and to look at our emergency preparedness measures and plans to prevent a situation like the gas explosions and fires in the Merrimack Valley from happening in Boston. Boston, MA: - City Hall release - The Councilors called for a discussion around natural gas safety features such as automatic shutoff valves, communications strategies to inform residents through multiple sources about disaster…
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GAS DISASTER – 80+- Homes Explode / Burn in New England Valley – New Jersey Strong PSE&G Sends 50 Employees to Aid Columbia Gas

via New Jersey Strong. com NEWS (NEWARK, – September 14, 2018) Public Service Electric and Gas Company (PSE&G), New Jersey’s largest utility, is sending 45 gas service technicians and 6 gas supervisors to assist Columbia Gas of Massachusetts as they work to ensure the continued safety of area residents in the wake of yesterday’s fires. “Our hearts and thoughts are with the families who are suffering and with all those affected by this tragedy,” said Joe Forline, PSE&G vice president…
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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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Emergency Preparedness Month

FRAMINGHAM — Governor Charlie Baker has proclaimed September 2018 to be Emergency Preparedness Month to highlight the importance of emergency preparedness and to encourage planning for disasters and other types of emergencies. To help individuals and families prepare during Emergency Preparedness Month, the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) is promoting four key preparedness messages: 1) Be Informed and Receive Emergency Alerts, 2) Plan for Emergencies and Disasters, 3) Build an Emergency Kit, and 4) Get Involvedin community preparedness and resilience.  MEMA will also stress the importance…
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Dozens of Homes Explode in the Merrimack Valley – 1 Dead, 8000 Evacuated

Incident in Lawrence MA - via Columbia Gas of Mass. - Columbia Gas crews continue to respond to an incident that occurred Sept. 13 and affected Merrimack Valley residents. See this document for full list of streets affected in Lawrence, Andover, North Andover and Methuen. Our thoughts are with the community and everyone impacted by yesterday’s tragic incident. We are focused on providing as much support as possible to our customers, residents and communities.  We are grateful for the community’s patience, as…
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Hurricane Preparedness

FRAMINGHAM — Governor Charlie Baker has proclaimed July 15-21, 2018 to be Hurricane Preparedness Week to emphasize the Commonwealth’s vulnerability to tropical storms and hurricanes and the importance of preparing for the impacts that hurricanes and tropical storms can have on the state’s residents, homes, businesses and infrastructure. “It is never too early to prepare for a tropical storm or hurricane,” said Governor Charlie Baker. “Planning ahead will help mitigate damage to your property, better protect your family, and reduce the burden on public safety…
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Boston Coast Guard Change of Command

Cmdr. John J. Christensen (left), incoming Commanding Officer of Coast Guard Cutter Seneca, exchanges a salute with Captain Ted M. St. Pierre, while outgoing Cmdr. Alan B. McCabe (right) watches on during the change of command ceremony, Thursday, May 24, 2018, in Boston, Massachusetts. The change-of-command ceremony is a time-honored military tradition aboard ships and shore commands and signifies a total transfer of responsibility, authority, and accountability from one individual to another. ( Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd…
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Boston Harbor Active Shooter Disaster Drill

Coast Guard Sector Boston and its port partners conducted a maritime law enforcement drill Wednesday, May 23, 2018, in Boston Harbor aboard the Spirit of Boston cruise ship. The drill was conducted to ensure the public's safety and security, and focused on notification procedures, communications, response, and coordination between federal and state law enforcement agencies following a report of an active-shooter in the maritime environment.( Coast Guard video by Petty Officer 3rd Class Hayden Hunt)
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New England – No Disruptions at 2A Armed Gun Rights Activists Rally in Barre, Bennington, Burlington with No Extra Vermont Police

Burlington, VT: – No disruptions at Armed 2A pro gun activists gathered at South Burlington, Barre, and Bennington and supported second amendment gun rights during a peaceful rally. No special Police were added for the Vermont Pro Rights 2A march organized by Christopher Covey. News
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