National Emergency Preparedness Month 2016

Emergency Preparedness Month provides an opportunity to raise awareness of the important work being done to make sure our communities are safe, healthy, and ready for public health emergencies and/or disasters.

The theme “Don’t Wait. Communicate. Make Your Emergency Plan Today” is the continuing theme from 2015.  Often families are not with their loved ones when catastrophe strikes, so having up-to-date contact information for those you need to get in touch with during a public health emergency and/or disaster is critical.  It is also possible to collect names and addresses of your neighbors and talking to them one by one so that if something should happen you can call different neighbors and ask what can you do or how can you help.

Ask about plans at the places where family spends the most time: work, school and other places you frequent.  If none exist, consider volunteering to help develop one.  You will be better prepared to safely reunite your family and loved ones during an emergency if you think ahead, and communicate with others in advance.

Over 60 percent of Americans say preparation for natural or man-made disasters is very important to them, however, only a staggering 17 percent of Americans claim to be prepared for an emergency situation, according to a new survey commissioned by the Ad Council.

Disasters can have a major impact on the workplace, both for the people who work there, and to workplace operations.  After a disaster, workplaces cannot recover without their people and people cannot recover without a job to go back to.

Organizations can have tremendous influence on their personnel when it comes to preparing for a disaster.  When employers encourage employees to be prepared for disasters, employees are 75 percent more likely to take action.  And with more than 63 percent of the US population aged 16 or older in the labor force, the workplace is one of the most effective environments for educating and encouraging people to take steps to be ready for disasters, which includes being fully age-appropriate immunized – flu, pneumonia, HPV, MMR, etc.

Mayor Domenic J. Sarno said, “Unfortunately, as we have dealt with here in our own Springfield, it is better to be prepared and forewarned, than not. I commend Commissioner Helen Caulton-Harris, Emergency Preparedness Director Bob Hassett, all our brave and dedicated police, firefighters, first responders and associated city departments for always being there in our time of need.”

“Emergencies can happen at any time,” said Helen Caulton-Harris, Springfield Health Commissioner.  “Taking a few simple steps now to prepare yourself, your family and your community makes the entire community more resilient and better able to respond to emergency events.”  All residents, Don’t Wait. CommunicateMake Your Emergency Plan Today.

For further information contact:

                                    Public Health Emergency Preparedness & Response Coordinator

                                    Tony L. Pettaway

                                    (413) 750-2696


                                    National Weather Services





Mayor Sarno and Springfield Thunderbirds Announce Free Parking in Civic Center Garage

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

The Springfield Thunderbirds, in cooperation with the Springfield Parking Authority, Springfield Business Improvement District, and City of Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno, are pleased to announce that parking in the Civic Center garage, adjacent to the MassMutual Center, will be free to Thunderbirds ticket holders on a first-come, first-served basis during the 2016-17 and 2017-18 seasons.

Mayor Sarno stated, “This economic development initiative continues our public and private partnership to enhance our downtown venues. I commend Interim Executive Director Atty. Tom Moore, the SPA Board of Directors and the local ownership group of our Springfield Thunderbirds for their continued belief and investment in our Springfield. Now, free parking, a clean and safe environment, great professional hockey and affordable family fun – no more excuses – ‘let’s pack the house!’”

The two-year agreement will give fans the ability to park at the Civic Center garage for free on a first-come, first-served basis at each Thunderbirds game upon presentation of a Springfield Thunderbirds game ticket. The Civic Center garage will be free for parkers from one hour before game time until one hour after the game’s conclusion. Free parking will be available only at the Civic Center structure and only until the garage’s full capacity is reached.

The agreement solidifies the Thunderbirds’ partnership with the Springfield Parking Authoirty (SPA). The free parking agreement will only be available at the Civic Center garage location.

“The Springfield Parking Authority is happy to partner with the Thunderbirds to make sure our hockey fans have the best experience possible when coming downtown to enjoy games. I thank Mayor Sarno and his administration for their commitment in helping us accomplish this exciting collaboration,” said SPA Interim Executive Director, Attorney Thomas D. Moore.

“We’re excited to have free parking this season at the Civic Center garage, as it is another major piece to improving the game day experience in Springfield for all of our fans. We are happy to have this as another way we can make games affordable and fun entertainment for the entire family,” said Thunderbirds Executive Vice President Nathan Costa. “The Thunderbirds would like to thank Mayor Sarno and the Springfield Parking Authority for working cooperatively with our organization to make this a reality.”

The free parking agreement at the Civic Center garage is part of the continuing Springfield Business Improvement District (BID) commitment to enlivening Main Street while activating Springfield’s downtown core.

“We are pleased by the announcement that downtown guests will be able park at the Civic Center garage at no cost for the Thunderbirds games,” said Springfield BID Executive Director Chris Russell. “We hope people are encouraged to come down early and enjoy dinner at one of the downtown restaurants before the games.” 

The Thunderbirds begin the next era of professional hockey in Springfield on Saturday, Oct. 22 against the St. John’s Ice Caps. The puck drops at 7:05 p.m. ET at the MassMutual Center. Fans can also see the Thunderbirds in action for pre-season matchups on Friday and Saturday, Oct. 7-8, at the MassMutual Center. Single game ticket information will be available in the coming weeks.

Springfield Thunderbirds fans are encouraged to visit to learn more about Thunderbirds Season Ticket Memberships. Packages start at $12 per game and feature the most benefits, including an exclusive commemorative jersey. For more information, fans may call the Thunderbirds ticket office at (413) 739-GOAL (4625).


For more information on season ticket packages call (413)-739-GOAL (4625). 


Stay up to date on all things Thunderbirds by following the team on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Snapchat (@ThunderbirdsAHL).

All information courtesy of the Springfield Thunderbirds.


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