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Mayor Walsh issues safety tips in advance of Hermine's impact on Boston

September 4, 2016

Mayor's Office

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Mayor's Office

BOSTON - Sunday, September 4, 2016 -  Mayor Martin J. Walsh today issued a set of safety tips In advance of Hermine, the Post-Tropical Storm currently located about 300 miles south of Nantucket, potentially impacting Boston.  All residents are encouraged to stay informed by signing-up for AlertBoston to receive emergency notifications.  

"I urge all residents to take every precaution in advance of the threat of this storm on Boston," said Mayor Walsh. "Please remember to check on elderly neighbors, and stay inside if you are able to." 

In Boston, the primary concern will be 25-40 MPH wind gusts that will begin around midnight this evening and continue into Monday afternoon.  Approximately 1 inch of rain is expected in Boston.

  • With winds this strong downed trees and power outages are possible. 
  • Have supplies available including flashlights, batteries and non-perishable food. 
  • Lock doors and windows during a storm to ensure that they are closed tight to help protect against strong winds and rain.
  • Make sure storage sheds, children's playhouses and other outside structures are securely anchored, either to a permanent foundation or with straps and ground anchors.
  • Watch out for debris and downed power lines. Call 911 for any
  • emergency situations. 
  • For insurance purposes, make a record of your personal property.  Take photos or videos of the interior and exterior of your home and of your personal belongings. Keep an itemized list of your furniture, clothing and valuables to assist insurance adjusters in case you need to file a claim.
  • Protect your insurance policies and other important documents in a secure place like a safe deposit box or a watertight box. Many people back up important documents online.
  • Residents are encouraged to use Boston 311, the city's platform to report non-emergency issues. 
    • Boston 311 can be accessed anywhere within the City limits from both landlines and cellphones. 311 is available through several different platforms, including:
      • Mobile: download the free BOS:311 app on iOS or Android
      • Online:
      • Social media: tweet @BOS311
      • Phone: dial 3-1-1 (For those with VoIP and for calls from outside Boston, callers should dial 617-635-4500.