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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 tpettaway@springfieldcityhall.com

Ready.gov/prepare

                                    Cdc.gov//yme/transmission/index.html

                                    National Weather Services

                                    https://www.mylocalclinic.com;fess

 

 

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Order Records Online

You may order a certified copy of a birth, death or marriage record online using your credit card through VitalChek Network Inc.

The City or Springfield does not accept credit cards or online orders; however, for your convenience, you can process online requests through an independent company that we have partnered with to provide you this service; VitalChek Network Inc. VitalChek can be reached through its website www.vitalchek.com. An additional fee is charged by VitalChek for using this service, and all major credit cards are accepted, including American Express®, Discover®, MasterCard®, or Visa® .

Other internet vendors are not authorized by the City or Springfield and may charge additional fees without providing state-approved services. Neither the City or Springfield nor VitalChek have control over the services and fees other Internet vendors offer and charge, nor can we guarantee the confidentiality of any vital record data provided to vendors other than VitalChek.


City and Town Records

The City Clerk maintains the records of birth, marriage and death. Town records are available for the years 1638 through 1850. City records commence with events beginning in 1850 and continue to the present date.

Genealogical research can be done in person during regular business hours Monday thru Friday from 9 am to 3:30 pm.  There in no fee for research done in our office and we have birth, marriage and death records dating from the period beginning 1850 to present.  If the research is done by our office its $20 per hour or any portion of an hour beyond one hour.  If you have the exact name(s) and date there is no cost.


Birth, Marriage & Death Records

The City Clerk certifies copies of these records upon request and payment of a fee:

  • Payment may be made in cash, money order or certified bank check
  • Personal account checks are not accepted
  • Certified copies cost $20.00 each when transacted in person or through the mail
  • Make money order or certified bank check payable to "City of Springfield"

To obtain a certified copy of a:

  • Birth certificate for any birth that occurred within the city limits of Springfield, MA.
  • Marriage certificate for any marriage that took place within the city limits of Springfield, MA prior to February, 1980 or for any marriage that took place on an Intention of Marriage filed at Springfield City Hall since February, 1980.
  • Death certificate for any person whose death occurred within the city limits of Springfield, MA and for any Springfield resident who passed away in any other Massachusetts community.

Visit the City Clerk's Office during office hours
 -OR-
You may order a certified copy of a birth, death or marriage record online using your credit card through www.vitalchek.com

An additional fee is charged by VitalChek for using this service, and all major credit cards are accepted, including American Express®, Discover®, MasterCard®, or Visa® .

 

 

Order Records Online

You may order a certified copy of a birth, death or marriage record online using your credit card through VitalChek Network Inc.

The City or Springfield does not accept credit cards or online orders; however, for your convenience, you can process online requests through an independent company that we have partnered with to provide you this service; VitalChek Network Inc. VitalChek can be reached through its website www.vitalchek.com. An additional fee is charged by VitalChek for using this service, and all major credit cards are accepted, including American Express®, Discover®, MasterCard®, or Visa® .

Other internet vendors are not authorized by the City or Springfield and may charge additional fees without providing state-approved services. Neither the City or Springfield nor VitalChek have control over the services and fees other Internet vendors offer and charge, nor can we guarantee the confidentiality of any vital record data provided to vendors other than VitalChek.


City and Town Records

The City Clerk maintains the records of birth, marriage and death. Town records are available for the years 1638 through 1850. City records commence with events beginning in 1850 and continue to the present date.

Genealogical research can be done in person during regular business hours Monday thru Friday from 9 am to 3:30 pm.  There in no fee for research done in our office and we have birth, marriage and death records dating from the period beginning 1850 to present.  If the research is done by our office its $20 per hour or any portion of an hour beyond one hour.  If you have the exact name(s) and date there is no cost.


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