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Departments: Emergency Management

339 Main Street
Hingham, MA 02043-2759
Phone 781-749-2424
FAX 781-741-1483
Chief - Mark Duff
Hours of Operation:
M-F 8:30am - 4:00pm
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Notices:

MEMA Offers Precautions for Extreme Cold Weather (PDF, 40k) Adobe Reader Document

MEMA Winter Automobile Safety Tips

Federal Flood Recovery Assistance Available For Both Storms

Special Needs Form

MEMA Warns of Wildfire Threats and Prevention Tips (PDF, 39k) Adobe Reader Document

MEMA Offers Hurricane Preparedness Tips (PDF, 45k) Adobe Reader Document

MEMA Offers Tips to Protect Your Home from Hurricanes (PDF, 45k) Adobe Reader Document

MEMA Warns of Lightning's Dangers (PDF, 33k) Adobe Reader Document

Hingham Family Emergency Planning Guidelines

Tips to Stay Cool and Safe During the Extreme Heat   (PDF, 38k)


NOTICE TO ALL RESIDENTS

TOWN OF HINGHAM
DEPARTMENT OF EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT
PRESS RELEASE

The Emergency Services Departments of Hingham are in the process of updating the special needs records at the dispatch center. If you or your family have any specialized medical issues or other specialized needs, please contact the Department of Emergency Management at 781-741-1416.

You should also contact us if there have been any changes to information currently on file. ALL INFORMATION IS KEPT STRICTLY CONFIDENTIAL.

Forms are available at the following locations:

  • Central Fire Station, 339 Main St.
  • Police Headquarters, 210 Central St.
  • Selectman's Office, 210 Central St.
  • Hingham Light Department, 210 Central St.
  • Hingham Public Library, 66 Leavitt St.

If you are unable to get to one of these locations, please contact the Hingham Fire Department at 781-741-1416 and a form will be mailed to you.

Download the form here.

Mark J. Duff
Director


 HINGHAM EMERGENCY PLANNING GUIDE:

The following publication from the Federal Emergency Management Agency "Are You Ready? A Guide to Citizen Preparedness"  is available through FEMA.  To obtain a copy of this book you should call 1-800-480-2520. The guide is also available at the following Web Site.  http://www.fema.gov/areyouready/

This book answers questions you may have on Why Prepare for a Disaster, General Preparedness Information, Natural Hazards, Technological & Man-Made Hazards, Disaster Public Education Websites and Independent Study Courses. The soft cover book contains 102 pages of information your family needs to prepare for emergencies. FEMA will mail only one copy per family. There is no charge for this important publication. We highly recommend that each family in Hingham obtain a copy.Please feel free to call us at 781-741-1416 or 781-749-2424 if you have any further questions about emergency planning.

Hingham Family Emergency Planning Guidelines
EMERGENCY TELEPHONE NUMBERS:

Life Threatening Emergencies   911

        Fire Dept. Business 1-781-741-1480 
        Police Dept. Business 1-781-749-1212

 

Electrical Power Problems (Call in order)

  1. 1-781-749-0134 (Hingham Light Dept)
  2. 1-781-749-2424 (Public Safety)

Telephone Co.       1-781-555-1611(residences)
                                 1-781--555-1511(businesses)

Water Company    1-800-928-3734
Gas Company         1-617-469-2300
Fallen Trees, Limbs, etc. (Call in order)
  1. 1-781-741-1430 (Dept. of Public Works)
  2. 1-781-749-1212 (Police Dept.)

Emergency Management Inquiries or General Information call: - 781-749-1212
KNOW THE LOCATION OF THE NEAREST FIRE ALARM BOX AND HOW TO USE IT.
(FIRE ALARM BOXES MAY BE USED FOR ANY EMERGENCY, NOT JUST FIRES)

DO NOT CALL POLICE OR FIRE DEPARTMENTS TO INQUIRE ABOUT SCHOOL CLOSINGS.During hurricanes, blizzards, or other disasters, you should be prepared to be self-sustaining for 24-36 hours.
To help keep you as safe as possible, check the following and be prepared.

  • Working flashlight (extra batteries)  
  • Car gas tank full
  • Portable radio (extra batteries) 
  • Supply of canned foods
  • First aid supplies
  • Charge any batteries you may need.
  • Fresh water in containers
  • 3 Day Supply of Food & Water
  • Charge any batteries you may need.
  • Necessary Prescription Drugs
  • Propane or charcoal for cooking

Do's

  • Stay calm. 
  • Be prepared to leave if living in a low area.
  • Take in or tie down outside furniture.
  • Listen to radio and TV.
  • Bring small loose items inside. 
  • Use water sparingly until all services are restored.
  • Tape extra large windows.
 

If you are evacuating your home during a hurricane:

        1. Turn off oil and gas burners and furnace.

        3. Turn off electrical power at main switch.

        2. Cut off water service at meter.

        4.  Secure the house when leaving.

Do Not's

  • Do not panic.
  • Do not  run generators indoors or near buildings.
  • Do not use charcoal or propane for indoor cooking.
  • Do not go outdoors unless necessary during emergencies.
  • Do not touch ANY downed wires.
 

One of the greatest hindrances in restoring services is people sight-seeing on foot or in vehicles in problem areas. Remember that under certain circumstances persons interfering with emergency services to a stricken area are subject to arrest.

Things to Consider

  • If family member will need electricity for life support, contact the Fire Dept. in advance, whenever possible.
  • If trees are blocking your street, report it to Department of Public Works.
  • Report downed wires to Light Dept.
  • Report broken gas or water mains to the respective companies.
  • Drive cautiously and only in emergency
  • Make arrangements for salvaging frozen food if power is estimated to be off over 24 hrs.

Electrical ServicesThe Light Department is not staffed for major outages. In emergencies,  they depend on other municipal utilities and local contractors 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:

  1. Health Care Facilities Designated Shelters Sewer Pumping StationsUtilities and Town Facilities
  2. Individual Homes and Businesses.

Police and Fire Departments Call 911 only in emergencies involving fire, health or life threatening situations Emergency Management Call Emergency  Management (1-781-749-2424) for matters relating to shelters, evacuation, food, etc.Department of Public Works and Landfill.

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 foroperation Thursday through Sunday, 7:30 A.M. to 4:00 P.M. The landfill is closed Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Holidays. During emergencies, landfill hours may be extended.

Schools

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), WATD (95.9 FM), WBUR (90.9FM), WJDA (1300 AM), WRKO (680 AM) and TV Channels 4, 5, 7 and 56.

DO NOT CALL POLICE OR FIRE DEPTS.,OR 911 TO INQUIRE ABOUT SCHOOL CLOSINGS.GENERAL

--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.    

 -PLEASE BE PATIENT AND REALIZE  THAT
   TIME ESTIMATES FOR  RESTORING  ANY
   SERVICE ARE ONLY  APPROXIMATE  AND
   BASED ON CONDITIONS  AT THE TIME OF
   THE ESTIMATE. IN A DEVELOPING SITUA-
   TION ANYTHING CAN HAPPEN

--RESTRICT WATER AND ELECTRICITY
  USAGE TO ESSENTIALS. CAPACITIES ARE
  LIMITED UNTIL ALL TOWN SERVICES  ARE
  FULLY RESTORED.

 

OFFICIALLY DESIGNATED SHELTERS:
Central/North Hingham
Hingham High School
17 Union Street

South Hingham 
Hingham Middle School
1103 Main Street

In the event you and/or your family need to utilize the above shelters, bring with you if possible:

  • 1 sleeping bag and 2 blankets per person1 pillow per person
  • essential toilet articles, towels, toothpaste, etc.

To inquire if a shelter is operational or if you require transportation to a shelter, call Emergency Management at 1-781-749-2424. Prepared by the Department of Emergency Management, Feb 25,03