N-STAR is staffed for major outages. However, in emergencies they depend on other municipal utilities for additional help. Because of constantly changing situations during an emergency, it is impossible to predict accurately when service will be restored. Therefore, it is the homeowners’ responsibility to safeguard against frozen food spoilage or other inconveniences as the result of power loss. When power is lost, turn off or disconnect all major appliances, pumps, etc. until power is restored. Power will be restored on a priority basis in the following order:
- Health Care Facilities
- Designated Shelters
- Sewer Pumping Stations
- Utilities and Town Facilities
- Individual Homes and Businesses
Police & Fire Departments
Call 911 only in emergencies involving fire, health or life threatening situations.
Call Emergency Management 781-575-6626 for matters relating to shelters, evacuation, food, etc.
Department of Public Works
The clearing of fallen trees, limbs, snow, water, etc. which obstruct vehicular traffic is the Department of Public Work’s top priority. Downed trees on town land will be removed by the town. Disposal of downed trees and other debris on private property is the responsibility of the homeowner and will not be picked up by the town. Remember that depositing private debris on town land and streets is subject to fines. The landfill is open for operation between April 1 and November 30 call 781-828-4369.
The decision whether or not schools will be in session will be made by 5:30 A.M. by the School Department. If classes are cancelled it is broadcast periodically by radio stations WBZ (1030 AM), WRKO-AM, WBMX-FM, WBUR, and WHDH and TV Channels WCVB, Channel 5, WNAC Channel 7, WBZ Channel 4 and WLVI Channel 56.
- make only essential phone calls
- do not keep calling a department if you have reported a situation, unless there is a life or death problem
- restrict water and electricity usage to essentials
- capacities are limited until all town services are fully restored
- please be patient and realize that time estimates for restoring any services are only approximate and based on conditions at the time of the estimate. in a developing situation anything can happen