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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Randolph Police and Fire Urge Safety During Coming Snowstorm, Extreme Cold

For Immediate Release

Wednesday, Jan. 3, 2018

Contact: John Guilfoil
Phone: 617-993-0003
Email: john@jgpr.net

*Joint Release*

Randolph Police and Fire Urge Safety During Coming Snowstorm, Extreme Cold

RANDOLPH — Police Chief William Pace and Fire Chief Richard Donovan are urging all Randolph residents to take precautions to stay safe during the coming snowstorm and frigid temperatures to follow.

A Winter Storm Warning and hazardous weather outlook is in effect for Randolph at this time, according to the National Weather Service (NWS).

The National Weather Service predicts that the storm is expected to begin around 4 a.m. Thursday morning and end sometime in the evening.

The following is what NWS is anticipating for Randolph during and after the snowstorm:

  • The region could see as much as 14 inches of snow.
  • Wind gusts may reach as high as 49 mph and carry with it a windchill factor of 3 below zero.
  • Driving conditions will likely be very poor. Significant reductions in visibility are possible with near white-out conditions for a time Thursday.
  • Damage to trees and power lines is possible. Power outages may occur.
  • Friday will likely see a high temperature of 13 degrees and a low of 4 below zero. Saturday could be even colder with a high of 7 degrees and low of 9 below zero.

WEATHERING THE STORM

The Police and Fire stations will be open throughout the storm. If you have an emergency, call 911. You can also reach the Randolph Police at 781-963-1212 and Randolph Fire Department at 781-963-3131.

Avoid driving unless absolutely necessary. Give plow and sand/salt trucks the space they need to operate.

Fully charge your cell phone, laptop and any other devices before the storm.

If you lose power during the storm, National Grid offers an outage map. To report the loss of electricity, call 800-592-2000 .

If you believe there is a gas leak in your home or nearby, call 911.

Anyone with a disability or medical issue is encouraged to call Randolph Police ahead of time to request a well-being check during the storm.

COLD CONTINUES ON

With this type of weather, frostbite and hypothermia are possible for those without proper protection from the cold. To stay safe, the Randolph police and fire departments ask that residents follow these tips from the MEMA:

Minimize outdoor activities for the whole family, including pets.

If outside, dress in several layers of loose-fitting, lightweight clothing instead of a single heavy layer. Outer garments should be tightly woven and water repellent. Wear a hat, mittens (not gloves) and sturdy waterproof boots to protect your extremities. Cover your mouth with a scarf to protect your lungs.Be a good neighbor. Check with elderly or disabled relatives and neighbors to ensure their safety

  • When utilizing alternate heating sources, such as an emergency generator, your fireplace, wood stove, coal stove or space heater, make sure they are properly ventilated and always operate a generator outdoors and away from your home. Improper heating devices can lead to dangerous carbon monoxide buildup in the home.
  • If you turn on a faucet and only a trickle comes out, suspect a frozen pipe. Locate the area of the water pipe that might be frozen. Likely places include pipes running against exterior walls or where your water service enters your home through the foundation.
  • Apply heat to the section of pipe using an electric heating pad wrapped around the pipe, an electric hair dryer, or wrapping pipes with towels soaked in hot water. Do not use a blowtorch, kerosene or propane heater, charcoal stove, or other open flame devices. A blowtorch can make water in a frozen pipe boil and cause the pipe to explode. All open flames in homes present a serious fire danger, as well as a severe risk of exposure to lethal carbon monoxide.

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