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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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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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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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FLU EPIDEMIC BEGINS IN BOSTON

Boston, MA: - On this day, in 1918, two sailors housed at Boston’s Commonwealth Pier reported to the sickbay with the flu. These two men were the first Americans reported ill with the Spanish Influenza. By the end of the week, 100 new cases a day were being reported among the sailors at the pier. By the beginning of September, the flu had spread to Boston’s civilian population. The below excerpt from Boston’s Health Department describes the beginning of the flu…
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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 Cutter Spencer returns to Boston after 90-day patrol in Northeast waters

Coast Guard Cutter Spencer's crew puts a disabled fishing vessel in tow after the engines caught fire April 5th, 2018, about 50 miles off the coast of Maine. Spencer is homeported in Boston with a crew complement of 100. ( Coast Guard photo) BOSTON — The Coast Guard Cutter Spencer returned to homeport Wednesday following a 90-day patrol off the Northeast coast. During the patrol, Spencer’s crew conducted more than 90 boardings to look for safety violations and compliance with fishery regulations. This ensured the safety…
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Baker-Polito Administration to Open Resource Recovery Centers for Coastal Storm Survivors

  BOSTON, MA:  — The Baker-Polito Administration today announced Resource Recovery Centers will open later this week in Quincy and Marshfield and will provide enhanced services and programs to meet the needs of homeowners, tenants and others who were impacted by last week’s coastal storm. Disaster survivors who are not able to go to one of the Resource Recovery Centers will be able to call Massachusetts 2-1-1 for access to the same disaster recovery programs that will be available through…
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Entergy Pilgrim Station Safely Shuts Down due to Water Leak

3/6/2018 - Power supplier Entergy Pilgrim Station states the following “Entergy Pilgrim Station made the decision to shut down and remove the unit from the grid this morning due to an indication of a likely water leak inside the feedwater heating system.  The heater with the suspected leak, known as the 5th Point,  is located inside the condenser bay and due to this location, the unit needed to be shut down to allow for a proper inspection and repair under the safest…
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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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Sierra Club Applauds Senate Committee for Clean Energy Bill

Boston, MA -The Senate Committee on Global Warming and Climate Change released an omnibus energy bill today titled An Act to Promote a Clean Energy Future. The bill includes  numerous provisions to advance clean energy, and also help communities deal with the effects of climate change. The bipartisan Committee voted unanimously in favor of the bill. The bill increases offshore wind procurements, eliminates the cap on solar net metering, expands solar access to low income residents, prohibits a “pipeline tax”…
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Massachusetts Sierra Club Responds to Attorney General’s Request that Department of Public Utilities DENY National Grid Special Contract for Back Bay Pipeline

Boston, MA :  -- Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey filed an initial brief on Tuesday in the matter of National Grid’s request for approval of a Special Contract with luxury real estate developer One Dalton LLC., recommending that the state’s Department of Public Utilities (DPU) deny the request. The Special Contract would pave the way for construction of the Back Bay/South End Pipeline to service the luxury hotel and condominiums of One Dalton. The Attorney General cited that the Special…
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