Autumn in the North Cemetery.

Sixty miles west of Boston, Massachusetts there is the small New England town of Sturbridge. Located at the junction of I-90 (The Mass Pike), and I-84 it has become known as the "Crossroads of New England". The town was first settled over 300 years ago, and like other small New England towns it has grown just enough over the years to be in a difficult place today. How do we embrace the future without forgetting how we got to our present? How do we attract the right kind of growth, and maintain who we are? And, what about our culture out here in Central Massachusetts?

These pages will cause one to think about how to protect what we have, our future direction, and how to move on in the very best way.

Those thoughts, and other ramblings, will hopefully inspire more thought, conversation, action, and occasionally a smile...

...seems to be working so far

Monday, November 21, 2011

Learn How To Map Your Neighborhood

“Map Your Neighborhood”*

Train-the-Trainer Session

DATE: December 8. 2011
TIME: 7 – 9 p.m.
PLACE: Sturbridge Public Safety Complex

What is a disaster? Disasters, by definition, are events that overwhelm police, fire, and medical 911 emergency responders.

Why MYN? MYN (Map Your Neighborhood) helps us organize a timely response to disaster when 911 services are unavailable. All of us, working together, can reduce the serious consequences of disasters in our neighborhoods.

What will we do?

We will learn a 9-step Neighborhood Response Plan that immediately helps us know what to do – both at home and in the neighborhood – to respond to power outages, injuries, fallen trees & building damage, and assisting people with special needs or who may be alone and frightened. The process is proven, fun, and easy.

We will identify the skills and equipment each neighbor has that are useful in an effective and timely disaster response.

We will know what resources are willing and available in our neighborhoods to respond, taking much of the burden off Public Safety in the initial hours following a disaster.

*“Map Your Neighborhood” (MYN) was selected by FEMA as the best program for neighborhood / community preparedness out of 188 submittals in 2011.

The reality for the Sturbridge area is that neighborhoods may need to respond to floods, tornados, snowstorms, power outages and other disasters. This meeting will help you to prepare, organizae your neighborhood and respond. Please join us.

To register for training or for more information contact:

Sgt. Kevin Mercier
Map Your Neighborhood Coordinator
Sturbridge Police Dept.
Phone: 508-347-2525 Ext. 117

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