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Dealing with Irene in Arlington

Posted by Tom Coakley  August 26, 2011 12:02 PM

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As Hurricane Irene barreled up the East Coast, Arlington officials urged residents to register for the town’s Reverse 911 notification system to get local safety announcements.

Arlington’s Fire Department will be monitoring storm activity and dispatching public works and safety crews as needed. The department will also make needed safety announcements and alert the public if emergency shelters need to be opened.

Residents can sign up for the Reverse 911 phone call system at www.arlingtonma.gov/reverse911, or sign up for the town’s email notice system at www.arlingtonma.gov/subscriber. Updates will also be posted on the town’s website, www.arlingtonma.gov.

The Fire Department is also recommending residents call 911 for life-threatening emergencies, call 911 and NStar at 1-800-592-2000 in cases of downed electrical wires, and call the Community Safety dispatch at 781-643-1212 for nonlife-threatening emergencies, such as basement flooding.
Other emergency tips are posted on the town's website under its hurricane preparedness link.

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