Monthly Archives: December 2019

ICE Storm !!!

Ice Storm Information & Precautions


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The National Weather Service has issued an Ice Storm Warning for western Franklin County including Hawley from 6 pm Sunday evening until 7 am Tuesday morning.   Freezing rain, sleet and some snow is forecast to fall during this period, leading to significant icing of trees, possible tree damage and downed power lines.  Ice accumulations are expected of between a half and three quarters inch, and possible snow of up to 2 inches.

Residents should prepare beforehand for serious icing and loss of power on Monday and Tuesday.  While the highway department will be sanding our roads, travel will be hazardous at best and may be impossible at times.  Residents should be ready to treat their walks and driveways to prevent falls or accidents.

Prepare for the Storm:

Before the storm arrives, residents should make these preparations

  • Charge cell phones and keep them charged. 
  • Make sure you have sand and salt mix to treat your walks and driveways
  • Have a supply of bottled water and any medications you will need on hand 
  • Get any food you need for this period before the storm comes
  • If you plan to use a gas grill to cook, make sure your propane tank is full
  • Make sure you have working flashlights and batteries for them
  • If you have a wood stove or backup heat source, make sure it is ready to use and keep flammables away from it when in use 
  • If you have a backup generator, make sure you have fuel for it and test to see if it starts and runs.
  • Make sure that pets or livestock have sufficient water available to weather a period of power outage
  • Have a rotary or non-electric phone available to use when the power is off

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Important to Know in an Emergency . . .


* Know what to expect in a medical emergency. *

1. To summon an ambulance, the caller calls 911 and reports the situation and answers any questions the dispatcher has.  The dispatcher is trained in handling medical situations and will probably have very specific questions.  It is important to be as calm and specific as possible.  Always provide your location (never count on the system automatically locating you even though it’s designed to).  If there are complicating factors, (i.e. patient is in a room only accessed by a narrow hallway) please tell the dispatcher about this.  The more information we have, the faster we can mobilize the right resources.  Same if patient has a medical history. (Click to download .pdf of this articlle) Continue reading

Hawley Enters Into Relationship with Adams Ambulance …

(Emergency Medical Services)

THE HAWLEY SELECT BOARD HAS APPROVED a Memorandum of Agreement with the Adams Ambulance Service, a not-for-profit ambulance company which provides EMS service to the Town of Adams and several neighboring communities. The Agreement formally enables Hawley to request Adams Ambulance on an as-needed mutual-aid basis. The Agreement has also been approved by Adams Ambulance and Hawley’s Fire Chief Greg Cox. The Select Board voted unanimously in favor of it on November 12, 2019.   Continue reading