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





Springfield Museums Receive IMLS Grant for Restoration of Original Tiffany Windows

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Mayor Domenic J. Sarno and Congressman Richard E. Neal announced today that the Springfield Museums have received a prestigious grant of $106,592.00 from the Institute of Museums and Library Services (IMLS) for the restoration of the Tiffany stained glass windows on the second floor of the George Vincent Smith Art Museum.

Mayor Domenic J. Sarno stated, “Very appreciative and thankful to all involved for securing this grant. We are very fortunate for a city our size to have such a well-respected museum complex that not only continues to enlighten our past but also our future too.”

The Springfield Museums will stabilize and restore 20 Tiffany stained glass windows that are original to the main façade of the George Vincent Smith Art Museum, which opened in 1896. The condition of the windows has deteriorated due to age, pollutants and the harsh New England winters. The project aims to stabilize and restore the windows as close to their original appearance and condition as possible, using appropriate conservation techniques and materials. The restoration project will begin next month and will take approximately 18 months to complete.

Congressman Richard E. Neal commented, “The Springfield Museums represent the cultural center of the City of Springfield, and the George Walter Vincent Smith Art Museum is one of its most celebrated institutions. For more than 100 years, the museum has been home to some of the most rare, eclectic and preeminent collections in New England. Thousands of people visit each year to enjoy works ranging from Japanese armor to 19th century Italian watercolors. But one of the museum's most important and iconic artifacts has been its original Tiffany stained glass windows. The last of their kind in the United States, these extraordinary windows are being restored with the help of the Institute of Museum and Library Services. As a supporter of the arts, I take great pride in all of the museums at the Quadrangle and believe we have a responsibility to preserve them for future generations. And this window restoration program demonstrates that commitment."

The project also includes a provision to protect the windows and their restoration through the addition of exterior tempered glass. The restoration will reintegrate these important decorative features with the building as well as greatly increase the effectiveness of the museum’s environmental control system.

“These windows are rare and highly significant,” said Kay Simpson, President of the Springfield Museums. “They are the only Tiffany stained glass windows in existence that were specifically commissioned for an American art museum, and they are a critical element of the overall design of the 1896 museum building. We are grateful to the IMLS for providing us with funding to stabilize and preserve these important stained glass treasures for future generations."

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