PHOTOS: Randolph Police Investigating Vandalism of Several Cars in Town

Randolph Police Department
William Pace, Police Chief
41 South Main St.
Randolph, MA 02368

For Immediate Release

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Contact: Benjamin Paulin
Phone: 781-428-3299
Email: ben@jgpr.net

PHOTOS: Randolph Police Investigating Vandalism of Several Cars in Town

RANDOLPH — Chief William Pace reports that the Randolph Police Department is investigating several incidents of vandalism to motor vehicles that took place Monday night.

At approximately 6 a.m. Tuesday, Randolph Police received a report from a resident that multiple vehicles had been spray painted in the parking lot of the Liberty Place apartment complex.

Other reports subsequently came in about similar vandalism to vehicles on North Street, Vesey Road, Beverly Circle and McDevitt Road. As of Tuesday afternoon there had been about 20 vehicles reported damaged. The area where the vandalism occurred was between North Main and North streets.

One vehicle had 666 spray painted on it and another was painted with a swastika. Two other vehicles were keyed. The rest of the vehicles had black spray paint sprayed along the sides and trunks of the vehicles.

The vehicles appear to have been randomly selected.

The incidents are under investigation and anyone who may have seen any suspicious activity in the area last night is asked to call the Randolph Police Department at 781-963-1212.

In addition, residents who believe they are a victim of vandalism should report it to the police.

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Randolph Police Investigating Vandalism of Several Cars in Town

Randolph Police Department
William Pace, Police Chief
41 South Main St.
Randolph, MA 02368

For Immediate Release

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Contact: Benjamin Paulin
Phone: 781-428-3299
Email: ben@jgpr.net

Randolph Police Investigating Vandalism of Several Cars in Town

RANDOLPH — Chief William Pace reports that the Randolph Police Department is investigating several incidents of vandalism to motor vehicles that took place Monday night.

At approximately 6 a.m. Tuesday, Randolph Police received a report from a resident that multiple vehicles had been spray painted in the parking lot of the Liberty Place apartment complex.

Other reports subsequently came in about similar vandalism to vehicles on North Street, Vesey Road, Beverly Circle and McDevitt Road. As of Tuesday afternoon there had been about 20 vehicles reported damaged. The area where the vandalism occurred was between North Main and North streets.

One vehicle had 666 spray painted on it and another was painted with a swastika. Two other vehicles were keyed. The rest of the vehicles had black spray paint sprayed along the sides and trunks of the vehicles.

The vehicles appear to have been randomly selected.

The incidents are under investigation and anyone who may have seen any suspicious activity in the area last night is asked to call the Randolph Police Department at 781-963-1212.

In addition, residents who believe they are a victim of vandalism should report it to the police.

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MEMA Issues Advisory on High Temperatures, Potential for Severe Thunderstorms Today

The Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) would like to advise residents of the attached forecast bulletins from the National Weather Service offices in Albany, New York and Norton concerning the high temperatures and heat indices today and the potential for strong to severe thunderstorms this afternoon and evening.

From the National Weather Service in Norton:

Hot and humid conditions are on tap today with our first taste of excessive heat this summer season as heat indices will range from 95-103°F for interior areas of S New England.

  • HEAT ADVISORIES posted which have been expanded to include the city of Boston and surrounding metro-area, as well as the mid CT River Valley.

This in addition to the potential for strong to severe thunderstorms this afternoon into evening with embedded threats of cloud to ground lightning, strong to damaging winds, and/or brief heavy rain.

  • There is presently a MARGINAL to SLIGHT RISK for scattered strong to severe thunderstorms, mainly over northern and western areas of MA and CT.
  • There is also a MARGINAL RISK for excessive rainfall over northern and western areas of MA.

Watches, Warnings and Advisories

Heat Advisory 
Issued: June 18 at 4:17AM EDT
Expiring: June 18 at 6:00PM EDT

Areas affected: Eastern Franklin; Eastern Hampshire; Eastern Norfolk; Suffolk; Western Norfolk

Heat Advisory
Issued: June 18 at 4:17AM EDT
Expiring: June 18 at 6:00PM EDT

Areas affected: Central Middlesex County; Eastern Hampden; Southeast Middlesex; Western Essex

Air Quality Alert
Issued: June 17 at 11:00PM EDT

Areas affected: Central Middlesex County; Eastern Essex; Eastern Franklin; Eastern Hampden; Eastern Hampshire; Eastern Norfolk; Northern Worcester; Northwest Middlesex County; Southeast Middlesex; Southern Worcester; Suffolk; Western Essex; Western Hampden; Western Norfolk


Air Quality Alert 

Issued: June 17 at 7:00PM EDT

Areas affected: Barnstable; Dukes; Nantucket; Southern Bristol; Southern Plymouth


MEMA Operations

The State Emergency Operations Center (SEOC) at MEMA Headquarters in Framingham is currently operating at Level 1 (Steady State Monitoring).  MEMA will continue to monitor the forecast and will disseminate Situational Awareness Statements as necessary.

Preparedness and Safety Information

Thunderstorm and Lightning Safety Tips: https://www.mass.gov/service-details/thunderstorm-and-lightning-safety-tips

Extreme Heat Safety Tips: https://www.mass.gov/service-details/extreme-heat-safety-tips

Tornado Safety Tips: https://www.mass.gov/service-details/tornado-safety-tips

Stay Informed

Utilize Massachusetts Alerts to receive emergency notifications and information from the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency and the National Weather Service.  Massachusetts Alerts is a free app that is available for Android and iPhones. To learn more about Massachusetts Alerts, and for information on how to download the free app onto your smartphone, visit: http://www.mass.gov/service-details/massachusetts-alerts-smartphone-app.

Utilize MEMA’s real-time power outage viewer to stay informed about current power outages in your community and region, and across the state, including information from utility companies about restoration times: http://mema.mapsonline.net/public.html

Utilize MEMA’s live weather radar and forecasting tools: http://www.mass.gov/map-resources

Online Resources
Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency at www.mass.gov/mema
MEMA’s Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/MassachusettsEMA
MEMA Twitter: @MassEMA
Federal Emergency Management Agency at www.fema.gov
National Weather Service/Norton at www.weather.gov/boston
National Weather Service/Albany, NY at www.weather.gov/albany
National Weather Service Weather Prediction Center: http://www.wpc.ncep.noaa.gov
National Weather Service Storm Prediction Center:  http://www.spc.noaa.gov/
Mass211 at www.mass211.org

Randolph Police Arrest Middle School Student Who Allegedly Wrote Note on Wall Threatening Violence

Randolph Police Department
William Pace, Police Chief
41 South Main St.
Randolph, MA 02368

For Immediate Release

Thursday, May 24, 2018

Contact: Benjamin Paulin
Phone: 781-428-3299
Email: ben@jgpr.net

Randolph Police Arrest Middle School Student Who Allegedly Wrote Note on Wall Threatening Violence

RANDOLPH — Chief William Pace reports that a female student was arrested Thursday afternoon after she allegedly wrote a note threatening violence aimed at Randolph Middle School on a wall of the school.

The JUVENILE FEMALE, AGE 12, is charged with Making a Public Threat. She will be arraigned at Quincy Juvenile Court at a later date. Because she is a juvenile, her identity will not be released.

At approximately 2 p.m. Thursday, May 24, Randolph Police received a report that someone had written a threatening note on a wall at Randolph Middle School.

Through the subsequent investigation, the JUVENILE FEMALE was identified as the person who allegedly wrote on the wall and she was arrested without incident. She was later released into the custody of her mother.

Police determined that the threat was not credible and school was dismissed in the normal fashion.

A message was sent out to parents from the Randolph Public Schools superintendent’s office notifying parents of the incident.

Chief Pace would like residents to know that all school threats will be taken seriously and that student safety is one of the department’s top priorities.

These are allegations. All suspects are innocent until proven guilty.

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Randolph Police Remind Residents of Loud Noise Bylaws Ahead of Memorial Day Weekend

Randolph Police Department
William Pace, Police Chief
41 South Main St.
Randolph, MA 02368

For Immediate Release

Thursday, May 24, 2018

Contact: Benjamin Paulin
Phone: 781-428-3299
Email: ben@jgpr.net

Randolph Police Remind Residents of Loud Noise Bylaws Ahead of Memorial Day Weekend

RANDOLPH — Chief William Pace would like to remind residents about Randolph’s bylaws regarding loud noise ahead of Memorial Day Weekend, and that they apply throughout the day, not just at night.

“The Randolph Police Department wishes everyone a fun and safe Memorial Day Weekend as we honor those military members who made the ultimate sacrifice for our country,” Chief Pace said. “We recognize that a lot of residents will be hosting parties and we just ask that everyone be respectful of their neighbors and mindful of the noise levels throughout the day and night.”

Residents are asked to refrain from playing music and using loud speakers and public address systems from 9 p.m. to 8 a.m.

In addition, the use of loud tools or equipment, such as leaf blowers and lawn mowers, is prohibited from 8 p.m. to 7 a.m. on weekdays and from 9 p.m. to 9 a.m. on weekends.

Randolph Police will typically provide a warning to those who receive noise complaints. If the noise persists or the warning goes unheeded, residents could be subject to fines or be charged with disturbing the peace.

In addition, Chief Pace would like to remind residents that the possession and use of fireworks is illegal in Massachusetts.

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Randolph Police Charge Man Following Incident at Bank, Pursuit

Randolph Police Department
William Pace, Police Chief
41 South Main St.
Randolph, MA 02368

For Immediate Release

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Contact: Benjamin Paulin
Phone: 781-428-3299
Email: ben@jgpr.net

Randolph Police Charge Man Following Incident at Bank, Pursuit

RANDOLPH — Chief William Pace reports that the Randolph Police Department has charged a man who allegedly tried to take money out of his grandmother’s bank account and then led officers on a pursuit Tuesday afternoon.

PATRICK LAUBENSTEIN, AGE 27, OF RANDOLPH was charged with:

  • Uttering a Forged Instrument
  • Abuse/Neglect of an Elderly Person
  • Operating to Endanger
  • Failure to Stop for Police

He also had multiple outstanding warrants for his arrest.

At approximately 1:30 p.m., Randolph Police received a call from an employee of Envision Bank, 129 North Main St., reporting that LAUBENSTEIN was in the drive-thru attempting to take money out of a bank account belonging to his grandmother.

The bank did not give him money and before police arrived at the bank LAUBENSTEIN fled.

Officers located his vehicle a short distance later and attempted to pull him over. He refused to stop and he was pursued through Randolph and eventually onto Route 24 and then I-93 northbound.

During the pursuit, police subsequently learned that LAUBENSTEIN had picked his grandmother up earlier in the day from a nursing home in Milford and drove her to the Randolph bank in an alleged attempt to have her take money out of her account.

When officers discovered that the 81-year-old woman was inside the fleeing car, the pursuit was immediately terminated.

Through the subsequent investigation, it was discovered that LAUBENSTEIN drove to a house on Hilltop Road in Milton. With the assistance of Milton Police and State Police LAUBENSTEIN was placed in custody.

LAUBENSTEIN’S grandmother was located safely outside of the Milton home, along with the vehicle.

The incident is still under investigation.

LAUBENSTEIN is expected to be arraigned Wednesday in Quincy District Court.

These are allegations. All suspects are innocent until proven guilty.

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*Night Update* Bristol, Plymouth, Norfolk County Police and Fire Chiefs Provide Update on Today’s Nor’easter

For Immediate Release
Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Contact: Benjamin Paulin
Phone: 781-428-3299
Email: ben@jgpr.net

*Joint Release*

Bristol, Plymouth Norfolk County Police and Fire Chiefs Provide Update on Today’s Nor’easter

Police and fire chiefs from Attleboro, Bridgewater, Canton, East Bridgewater, Easton, Holbrook, Randolph, Raynham, Taunton and Whitman would like to provide residents with an evening update on where the communities stand regarding today’s storm since the update from this afternoon.

Please note that some communities have opened up warming shelters.

Snow has steadily been falling throughout the day and the blizzard warning issued by the National Weather Service was scheduled to end at 8 p.m. Snowfall is expected to be done in the region between midnight and 2 a.m. Wednesday.

As of 8 p.m., there were about 191,000 residents in the state without power, according to the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) outage map.

Now that it is dark, residents are still urged to stay off the roads as some areas are experiencing near-whiteout conditions.

Anyone who has an emergency should call 911.

ATTLEBORO

Fire Chief Scott. T. Lachance reports that there were about 2,000 residents without power as of 7 p.m. National Grid crews were in the city working to restore electricity.

A warming station will is open at the South Attleboro fire station, 1476 South Ave. Use the shelter to charge cell phones and electronic devices and to stay warm if you are without power. Anyone with questions about the warming station can call the Attleboro Fire Department at 508-222-2325.

While there have been multiple trees and wires down, almost all roads in Attleboro are currently open.

BRIDGEWATER

Police Chief Christopher Delmonte reports that the police department responded to approximately 50 storm-related calls beginning at 8 a.m. today. The fire department also responded to a similar number of calls.

As of 7:30 p.m. there were 687 residents without power. At the height of the storm the town had over 3,000 outages.

CANTON

Fire Chief Charles Doody reports that Canton had about 25 power outages as of 7:30 p.m.

In total, the fire department responded to 10 calls for service throughout the day.

EAST BRIDGEWATER

Police Chief Scott Allen and Fire Chief Timothy Harhen report that the police and fire departments responded to nearly 60 calls for service in relation to the storm beginning at 7:30 a.m. today.

Most of the calls were for road hazards, such as fallen trees and wires. The fire department provided mutual aid to West Bridgewater for a structure fire this afternoon and went to another call for burned food.

National Grid was in town actively working to restore about 618 outages as of 7:30 p.m.

Residents needing shelter for the night can go to a Red Cross regional shelter at the First Congregational Church at 254 Main St. in Plympton or the Plymouth North High School at 41 Obery St. in Plymouth.

While all roads are currently open and passable in town, residents are warned to use extreme caution and only drive if it is absolutely necessary.

EASTON

Fire Chief Kevin Partridge and Police Chief Gary Sullivan report that progress is being made in trying to get the number of power outages in Easton down. As of 5:40 p.m. there were about 1,900 residents without power. By 7:30 p.m that number was down to 866. National Grid has more than a dozen crews working in town.

The warming center at the Richardson-Olmsted Elementary School, 101 Lothrop St., will be open until 10 p.m. tonight. For details about the warming center or if you are in need of assistance, call the Easton Fire Department at 508-230-3311.

There were still a dozen streets in town that were closed because of road hazards as of 7:30 p.m.

HOLBROOK

Police Chief William Smith reports that Holbrook had three car crashes throughout the day — two where drivers collided with plow trucks and another where a driver struck a utility pole. None of the crashes resulted in serious injury.

As of 7:30 p.m. there were about 35 residents without power, according the MEMA outage map.

RANDOLPH

Police Chief William Pace reports as of 7:30 p.m. only about 160 residents in town did not have electricity. Crews were working to make repairs.

Most of the calls for service that the police department responded to were for fallen trees and downed wires.

RAYNHAM

Police Chief James Donovan reports that the police department responded to three crashes throughout the day, including one where a driver collided with a plow truck on Route 138. None of the crashes resulted in serious injury.

Chief Donovan says that if residents must drive, they should be aware that the road surfaces are inconsistent and uneven and to use caution. He also warns that wind and snow drifts have cause some stop signs and traffic lights to be covered with snow.

Fire Chief James Januse reports that Raynham still has a small amount of scattered power outages throughout town. There are four roads in Raynham that are currently blocked with fallen trees and wires.

In total, the police department responded to 58 calls for service and the fire department went to 26 calls as of 7:30 p.m.

TAUNTON

Fire Chief Timothy Bradshaw reports that the fire department spent most of the day responding to downed trees and wires. There were also multiple crashes and a number of medical calls, some related to shoveling and snow blowing.

There are still areas without power in the city, but all issues were being addressed in a timely manner.

The fire department is currently staffing six engines and two ladders with a total of 30 firefighters tonight, which is about eight more than are on-duty than on a typical day.

WHITMAN

Fire Chief Timothy Grenno reports that the Whitman Fire Department dealt with a variety of issues throughout the day including multiple fallen utility poles, trees that fell on cars and trees blocking roads.

As of 7:30 p.m. there was about 1 percent of the town without power.

A warming center will be opening up at the Whitman-Hanson Regional High School at 9 a.m. for residents who need to utilize it.

Chief Grenno asks that residents shovel out fire hydrants that are near homes, which will help in the event of a fire.

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*Joint Release* Bristol, Plymouth Norfolk County Police and Fire Chiefs Provide Update on Today’s Nor’easter

For Immediate Release
Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Contact: Benjamin Paulin
Phone: 781-428-3299
Email: ben@jgpr.net

*Joint Release*

Bristol, Plymouth Norfolk County Police and Fire Chiefs Provide Update on Today’s Nor’easter

Police and fire chiefs from Attleboro, Bridgewater, Canton, East Bridgewater, Easton, Holbrook, Randolph, Raynham, Taunton and Whitman would like to provide residents with an afternoon update on how the communities are faring with today’s nor’easter.

The region lies in what is considered the “Jackpot Area,” which weather forecasters predict will receive the most amount of snowfall from the storm.

By 1 p.m. today much of the region has seen heavy snowfall and high wind speeds. Snow is expected to continue to fall steadily into Tuesday night, according to the National Weather Service.

According to the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) outage map, there were about 180,000 residents without power as of 1 p.m.

If you have an emergency call 911.

ATTLEBORO

Fire Chief Scott. T. Lachance reports that the city has been largely unaffected by power outages thus far. Chief Lachance is in contact with the city’s National Grid liaison regarding the 20 or so outages reported and they are being worked on.

Residents have been heeding the warnings about staying off the roads, making things easier for public safety vehicles and plows to operate.

The fire department provided mutual aid to Seekonk for a fire earlier this morning.

BRIDGEWATER

Police Chief Christopher Delmonte reports that the town has received numerous calls for fallen trees and downed wires since 7 a.m.

As of 1 p.m., Bridgewater had about 1,500 residents without power, according to the MEMA outage map.

Visibility was extremely limited with near-whiteout conditions.

CANTON

Fire Chief Charles Doody reports that the storm has had a limited impact on Canton as of 1 p.m. Tuesday.

Only six power outages were actively being worked on and the fire department responded to four storm-related calls for service.

Chief Doody reports that the town’s DPW is doing a good job keeping the roads open and that most people have heeded the warnings of staying off the roads.

EAST BRIDGEWATER

Police Chief Scott Allen reports that since 8 a.m. East Bridgewater Police have responded to 22 calls for service, including 14 calls for road hazards, trees down or wires down.

There are additional police cruisers strategically setup around town to be able to safely respond to calls for service. But residents should note that it may take additional time to respond safely to calls.

As of 1 p.m. about more than 600 residents in town were without power, particularly in the area of Robins Pond. The traffic lights in the center of town went down mid-morning and are still without power. National Grid has crews in town working to restore electricity.

Residents are urged to stay off the roads to allow DPW workers to clear the roadways safely.

EASTON

Fire Chief Kevin Partridge reports that as of 1 p.m. there were about 1,600 residents without power.

The fire department has received more than 48 calls for trees and/or wires down throughout the town. One tree went through the roof of a mobile home and the resident was displaced.

There are also 13 road closures currently.  Police are standing by at several areas with downed wires and trees.  Police Chief Sullivan is encouraging everyone to stay off the roads to allow the plows to continue to work and increase the safety for first responders as they handle calls for service.

A warming center has been opened at the Richardson-Olmsted Elementary School, 101 Lothrop St. Residents can use the shelter to charge their phones and electronic devices and stay warm. For more details about the warming center or if you are in need of assistance, call the Easton Fire Department at 508-230-3311.

HOLBROOK

Police Chief William Smith reports that Holbrook has gotten about six or seven inches of snow thus far and it is continuing to come down steadily.

Earlier this morning a tree fell down and hit a house on Holly Road. There were no injuries and the residents were able to stay inside the home.

There were only about five homes in town without power as of 1 p.m., according to MEMA’s outage map.

RANDOLPH

Police Chief William Pace reports that a tree fell onto a house on Mark Terrace Tuesday morning. No injuries were reported.

As of 1 p.m. the town had about 150 residents without power due to the storm.

Chief Pace urges residents to stay off the roads.

RAYNHAM

Fire Chief James Januse reports that Raynham has had scattered power outages throughout town. As of 1 p.m., the Taunton Municipal Lighting Plant website listed about 15 streets in town where outages had been reported.

The town’s highway department has been doing a great job of clearing the roads, Chief Januse said.

There have been fallen trees in town but no injuries reported.

Police Chief James Donovan reports that the police department has responded to 43 calls for service, including a three-car crash on Route 138. Chief Donovan notes that residents have done a good job staying off the roads today.

TAUNTON

The City of Taunton declared a State of Emergency Tuesday morning and residents are urged to stay in their homes.

Fire Chief Timothy Bradshaw reports that the Taunton Fire Department has responded to more than 50 calls for service since 6 a.m. in the city.

Most of the calls were for fallen trees and wires. There were also multiple motor vehicle crashes.

The fire department is coordinating with the Parks and Recreation Department to remove fallen trees from roadways.

The Taunton Municipal Lighting Plant has over 75 streets in Taunton where outages have been reported.

Chief Bradshaw will be adding additional apparatus to be in commission from 2 p.m. through midnight, as he anticipates the call volume to increase as the day goes on.

WHITMAN

Fire Chief Timothy Grenno reports that the Whitman Fire Department has been dealing with a variety of issues today including multiple fallen utility poles, trees that fell on cars and trees blocking roads. They have responded to 25 emergency calls since 8 a.m.

As of 1 p.m., there were only about 250 residents without power, according to the MEMA outage map.

Chief Grenno asks that residents who have emergencies to call 911 and not the department’s business line. They will be able to track the calls and dispatch necessary services better.

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Randolph Police Department Advises Residents Ahead of Third Nor’easter

Randolph Police Department
William Pace, Police Chief
41 South Main St.
Randolph, MA 02368

For Immediate Release

Monday, March 12, 2018

Contact: Benjamin Paulin
Phone: 781-428-3299
Email: ben@jgpr.net

Randolph Police Department Advises Residents Ahead of Third Nor’easter

RANDOLPH — After handling the first two nor’easters that hit the region in recent weeks, Chief William Pace is advising Randolph residents to prepare for yet another winter storm.

The National Weather Service has issued a hazardous weather outlook and winter storm warning for Norfolk, Plymouth and Bristol counties, noting the potential for blizzard-like conditions and heavy snowfall beginning Monday night and continuing throughout the day Tuesday.

Randolph could see between 13 and 23 inches of snow, according to the National Weather Service. Temperatures during the storm are expected to be between 33 and 28 degrees. Wind gusts could reach speeds of up to 46 mph.

“With the significant amount of snow that is expected, we ask our residents to plan accordingly for any potential power outages to homes and businesses,” Chief Pace said. “If it is safe to do so, please check on your elderly and disabled neighbors who may need assistance before, during and after the storm.”

BEFORE THE STORM

  • Residents should be prepared for power outages and stock up on batteries for flashlights or battery powered lanterns. If using candles, keep them away from anything flammable and never leave them unattended.
  • Keep cell phones, laptops and tablets charged as much as possible. Consider an external battery for your devices.
  • Neighbors should talk with one another and set up plans to assist those who may be at risk and/or in need of help.

DURING THE STORM

  • Stay off the roads and stay indoors, if possible. Give plow and sand/salt trucks the space they need to operate.
  • If your power goes out during the storm, contact National Grid at 800-465-1212 to report an outage.
  • To report a gas leak, call 911. Residents can also contact Columbia Gas at 800-525-8222 for gas-related issues.
  • Follow the Randolph Fire Department on their  Facebook page and  Twitter account updates during and after the storm. The police and fire stations will be open throughout the storm. If you have an emergency, call 911.

AFTER THE STORM

  • Clear snow from any gas vents attached to your home.
  • Assist the fire department by shoveling out any hydrants near your home.
  • Do not go near or drive over any downed power lines.
  • Check your property for any trees that could be in danger of falling near your home or vehicles.
  • As the snow begins to melt, clear any debris from storm drains near your home to allow water to drain.
  • Do not pump water from sump pumps into the road. The water can freeze and cause hazardous conditions if the temperature dips.

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