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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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In the News

Union Station Progress: New Vendors Named

|   Redevelopment

Congressman Richard E. Neal, Mayor Domenic J. Sarno and Holyoke Soldiers Home Superintendent Bennett Walsh gave an exclusive tour of Union Station today for a group of Western Massachusetts veterans and residents of the Soldiers Home. Today’s tour is an expression of appreciation and gratitude to our local soldiers for their honorable service. The renovated and restored Union Station will open to the public this year.

 

 

 

Congressman Richard E. Neal, Mayor Domenic J. Sarno and Holyoke Soldiers Home Superintendent Bennett Walsh gave an exclusive tour of Union Station today for a group of Western Massachusetts veterans and residents of the Soldiers Home. Since its construction in 1926, the iconic train station in downtown Springfield has played a significant role in the lives of countless members of our Armed Forces. It’s the place where they departed for their military service, and the setting for their return home to loved ones. Today’s tour is an expression of appreciation and gratitude to our local soldiers for their honorable service. The renovated and restored Union Station will open to the public this year.

Additionally, Mayor Sarno and the Springfield Redevelopment Authority announced the signing of a trio of new leases for the newly redeveloped Springfield Union Station. The new leases include Dunkin’ Donuts, Subway, and Commuter Variety.

“As we move closer to opening day for Union Station we’re excited to announce some of our new tenants in the building,” said Mayor Sarno. “It’s been great to see the positive interest of national and local businesses that want to be part of this transformative project.”

The three tenants will occupy some of the ground floor retail spaces in the main terminal, providing food and convenience retail to passengers. The $94 million Union Station project includes a new 377-space parking facility, Amtrak and future commuter rail, a 26-bay regional and intercity bus facility, and over 70,000 square feet of commercial space. 

Much of the construction of the building is nearing completion, and crews are now going through final touches for a planned spring opening to the public.

“The building looks fantastic,” said Armando Feliciano, Chairman of the Springfield Redevelopment Authority. “Congressman Neal, Mayor Sarno, and the SRA have all been focused on ensuring the success of this project and it’s all coming to fruition.”

The SRA continues to negotiate and seek tenants for the remainder of commercial and retail spaces. Interested parties should contact the Springfield Redevelopment Authority for further information. 

 

 

 

 

 

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