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Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA)
03/27/2020

Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA)

COVID-19 Update March 27, 2020

Starting today all travelers arriving to Massachusetts are instructed to self-quarantine for 14 days. Guidance will be displayed on posters at service plazas and distributed as flyers at transportation hubs. Designated essential workers are exempt.

Additionally:
Massachusetts Medical Society will assist in recruiting + matching health care professionals with volunteer opportunities. More: http://MAResponds.org

Buoy Health launched an online symptom checker for MA residents: https://buoy.com/mass

More announcements to support health care professionals and patients were also announced.

Details: https://bit.ly/2wIlpYP

Earlier today, Massachusetts announced the move of the state personal income tax filing and payment deadline to July 15, consistent with the federal government. bit.ly/2Jkr4aw

Stay informed about all Massachusetts state government COVID-19 updates at: http://mass.gov/covid19, call 2-1-1 for questions and text "COVIDMA" to 888-777 to receive COVID-19 text message alerts

#COVID19MA

Town of Adams
03/27/2020

Town of Adams

March 27, 2020

BY ORDER OF THE TOWN ADMINISTRATOR AND BOARD OF SELECTMEN:
Due to evolving spread of COVID-19, a State of Emergency has been declared throughout the Commonwealth and a State of Emergency has been declared in the Town of Adams.

Per order of the Office of the Governor and Massachusetts Department of Public Health, a stay at home advisory has been issued. Residents are advised to stay home and limit gatherings to 10 people.

This includes community, civic, public, leisure, faith-based events, and any similar event or activity that brings together more than 10 persons.

Therefore, in the interest of public heath and safety, all public parks, skateboard park, sports complexes, athletic fields, and playgrounds are hereby closed until further notice. All Town athletic courts and playground equipment are closed until further notice.

Parks and open spaces may only be used for “passive recreation” activities that allow for proper physical distancing of at least six (6) feet from other people. Passive recreation means activities such as walking or jogging.

The Ashuwillticook Rail Trail remains open for use with proper physical distancing of at least six (6) feet from other people.

The intent of this closure is to discourage public gatherings of more than 10 people and to promote compliance with the Massachusetts Department of Public Health “stay at home” advisory.

This order will be enforced by the Adams Police Department, Department of Inspectional Services and Board of Health.

03/24/2020

Federal Emergency Management Agency

Update: Winter Storm Warning issued March 23 at 9:54PM EDT until March 24 at 4:00AM EDT by NWS Albany NY

Areas Affected: Western Windham; Northern Berkshire; Southern Berkshire; Bennington; Eastern Windham

* WHAT...Heavy snow expected. Additional accumulation of 1-3 inches for total snow accumulations of 4 to 8 inches with isolated 10 inch amounts above 1500 feet. Total snow accumulations in the valley areas will range from 3 to 6 inches. * WHERE...In Vermont, Windham and Bennington Counties. In Massachusetts, Berkshire County. * WHEN...Until 4 AM EDT Tuesday. * IMPACTS...Plan on slippery road conditions. The hazardous conditions could impact travel this afternoon into this evening. Also, the weight of heavy, wet snow could produce isolated power outages.

If you must travel, keep an extra flashlight, food, and water in your vehicle in case of an emergency.

03/23/2020

Federal Emergency Management Agency
Update: Winter Storm Warning issued March 23 at 5:31PM EDT until March 24 at 4:00AM EDT by NWS Albany NY
Areas Affected: Western Windham; Northern Berkshire; Southern Berkshire; Bennington; Eastern Windham
* WHAT...Heavy snow expected. Total snow accumulations of 4 to 8
inches with isolated 10 inch amounts above 1500 feet. Total
snow accumulations in the valley areas will range from 2 to 5
inches.

* WHERE...In Vermont, Windham and Bennington Counties. In
Massachusetts, Berkshire County.

* WHEN...Until 4 AM EDT Tuesday.

* IMPACTS...Plan on slippery road conditions. The hazardous
conditions could impact travel this afternoon into this
evening. Also, the weight of heavy, wet snow could produce
isolated power outages.
If you must travel, keep an extra flashlight, food, and water in
your vehicle in case of an emergency.

03/23/2020

Federal Emergency Management Agency

Update: Winter Storm Warning issued March 23 at 4:17PM EDT until March 24 at 4:00AM EDT by NWS Albany NY

Areas Affected: Western Windham; Northern Berkshire; Southern Berkshire; Bennington; Eastern Windham

* WHAT...Heavy snow expected. Total snow accumulations of 4 to 8 inches with isolated 10 inch amounts above 1500 feet. Total snow accumulations in the valley areas will range from 2 to 5 inches. * WHERE...In Vermont, Windham and Bennington Counties. In Massachusetts, Berkshire County. * WHEN...Until 4 AM EDT Tuesday. * IMPACTS...Plan on slippery road conditions. The hazardous conditions could impact travel this afternoon into this evening. Also, the weight of heavy, wet snow could produce isolated power outages.

If you must travel, keep an extra flashlight, food, and water in your vehicle in case of an emergency.

03/22/2020

Federal Emergency Management Agency

Winter Storm Warning issued March 22 at 2:14PM EDT until March 24 at 4:00AM EDT by NWS Albany NY

Areas Affected: Western Windham; Northern Berkshire; Southern Berkshire; Bennington; Eastern Windham

* WHAT...Heavy snow expected. Total snow accumulations of 6 to 12 inches across elevations higher than 1500 feet. Total snow accumulations of 1 to 5 inches in the valleys. * WHERE...Bennington and Windham counties in Vermont, and Berkshire county in Massachusetts. * WHEN...From 2 PM Monday to 4 AM EDT Tuesday. * IMPACTS...Plan on slippery road conditions. The hazardous conditions could impact travel. Also, the weight of heavy, wet snow could produce isolated power outages.

If you must travel, keep an extra flashlight, food, and water in your vehicle in case of an emergency.

03/22/2020

Federal Emergency Management Agency

Winter Storm Watch issued March 22 at 3:28AM EDT until March 24 at 4:00AM EDT by NWS Albany NY

Areas Affected: Western Windham; Northern Berkshire; Southern Berkshire; Bennington; Eastern Windham

* WHAT...Heavy snow possible. Total snow accumulations of 6 or more inches. * WHERE...In Vermont, Bennington, Western Windham and Eastern Windham Counties. In Massachusetts, Northern Berkshire and Southern Berkshire Counties. * WHEN...From Monday afternoon through late Monday night. * IMPACTS...Travel could be very difficult. The hazardous conditions could impact the evening commute.

Monitor the latest forecasts for updates on this situation.

03/21/2020
Massachusetts State Police

Massachusetts State Police

The below message is going around on Facebook. We do not know the source of this. We looked into it and determined that at least one such incident may have occurred in central Mass. Please be advised that anyone claiming they have to check your house for coronavirus is perpetrating as scam. If someone does come to your home making these claims call 911 to report the incident.

Message on Facebook:

Attention
The Massachusetts State Police want everyone to be aware that there are people going house to house in a white van in Hazmat suits telling people that they were sent to check every house for Corona Virus. They are taking fake vitals and stealing from people while in your home.
If you see a white van and people in Hazmat Suits, “CALL THE POLICE IMMEDIATELY !!!”

03/21/2020
Town of Adams

Town of Adams

Town Operations Update:

As of March 20, the Adams Free Library will cease curbside materials loan out. This is to avoid possible transmission via library materials.

Paid metered parking is now suspended until further notice - town wide.

A message from the Wastewater Treatment Plant: please do not flush wipes or other cleaning type cloths down the toilet. These products will clog the wastewater system. Thank you!

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03/16/2020

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03/16/2020

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03/13/2020
Town of Adams

Town of Adams

FROM THE OFFICE OF THE BOARD OF SELECTMEN AND TOWN ADMINISTRATOR

In response to the COVID-19 heath crisis, the Town of Adams has declared a State of Emergency in order to ensure that our community will be eligible for any Federal and State reimbursement for certain municipal expenses and activities related to the COVID-19 response that may be taken in the interest of mitigating, managing and responding to this evolving situation. It is important to keep in mind that this is a proactive measure and done so in collaboration with our neighboring communities in the region to ensure a unified, consistent and effective response.

As this situation evolves, the communication among our local Town officials continues to increase and become organized through the leadership of the Northern Berkshire Emergency Planning Committee. Town staff continues to participate in Mass DPH conference calls, trainings and continues to monitor Federal, State and Regional agencies to ensure that we have current information and continue to keep our residents and our staff safe. The closure of the region’s schools and cancelation of large civic gatherings is intended to slow the possible community transmission of the COVID-19 virus. Town officials will continue to monitor the situation and will take any additional actions, including cancelation of public meetings, programs or town services as the situation requires. At this time, Mass DPH reports that the number of confirmed and presumptive cases of COVID-19 in Berkshire County is 9 and the risk remains low, but potentially increasing.

You can protect yourself by seeking information from reliable sources. The Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MDPH) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) websites are updated regularly and are the best resources for comprehensive and current information to keep yourself informed. The best way to prevent infection is to avoid exposure to the virus by doing the following:
• Wash your hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds at a time.
• Use alcohol-based hand rubs and gels.
• Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
• Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
• Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
• Avoid sharing food utensils, containers and other personal items.
• Staying home when you are sick
• Covering your cough or sneeze.
• Wearing a mask if you leave home and have a cough.

The Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MDPH): https://www.mass.gov/resource/information-on-the-outbreak-of-coronavirus-disease2019-covid-19

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

Berkshire Medical Center also has established a local toll-free hotline for the community to use if they have questions or concerns about COVID-19. That number is 855-BMC-LINK, or 855262-5465. The line is available 7 days a week, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Residents also may contact the Massachusetts Department of Public Health’s 24-hour emergency hotline at 617-983-6800.

Please stay informed and healthy!

Jay R. Green, Town Administrator
Christine D. Hoyt, Chairman, Board of Selectmen
Richard D. Kleiner, Emergency Management Director

03/13/2020

Federal Emergency Management Agency
Special Weather Statement issued March 13 at 2:19PM EDT by NWS Albany NY
Areas Affected: Northern Berkshire; Eastern Rensselaer; Western Rensselaer
At 219 PM EDT, a shower was located near Averill Park, or 11 miles
northeast of Nassau, moving east at 35 mph.

Winds in excess of 40 mph are possible with this shower.

Locations impacted include...
Pittsfield, North Adams, Adams, Williamstown, Cheshire, Stephentown,
Berlin, Florida, Hancock, Savoy, New Ashford, Averill Park, West Sand
Lake, Berkshire, Sand Lake, Dalton, Poestenkill, Lanesborough,
Windsor and Peru.

Northern Berkshire Emergency Planning Committee
03/13/2020

Northern Berkshire Emergency Planning Committee

COVID-19 Update:
Good Evening, the NB-REPC has been busy communicating out to the communities we represent. Today we had several meetings with organizations in Williamstown, North Adams and Cheshire.

We have also participated in numerous conference calls with MEMA, DPH and many others.

We have created an informational flyer that we are providing to restaurants and placing the other in public places. These are good practice flyers regarding hygiene during this time.

We continue to work with our local, state and federal partners to determine best courses of action and the best information to disseminate to the community.

To those of your sharing our concerns, supporting our mission and partaking in best practices, WE THANK YOU!

Keep Clean,

Amalio Jusino
Co-Chairman
NBREPC

03/11/2020
Northern Berkshire Emergency Planning Committee

Northern Berkshire Emergency Planning Committee

Regional Coronavirus COVID-19 Update:

The Northern Berkshire Regional Emergency Planning Committee (NBREPC) wishes to advise our partners that a very informative meeting was held this morning. The focus of the meeting was to share concerns, plans, expectations, and the active measures we are taking to help mitigate the effects of the coronavirus on our citizens.

Although we know we will experience additional cases and are prepared, the actions we have already taken will have a positive impact throughout our region. Our local schools have been completely cleaned and disinfected, our 9-1-1 dispatchers have been provided with a modified call query in an attempt to isolate potential coronavirus cases and we continue to monitor the Board of Health, Department of Health and CDC recommendations.

We assure you that communication has been open and existing relationships with local, state and federal partners have been enhanced to meet our growing needs and concerns. The NBREPC has activated their management team, who communicates directly with the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA). Our leaders are listening. This is apparent by Governor Baker’s enactment of a State of Emergency this afternoon.

We understand that this is overwhelming to many. Please do not allow panic and fear to prevail. As a reminder, there are a lot of proactive things we can do as a community to limit risks.

These include:
1.Remain Calm
2.Wash your hands
3.Disinfect commonly touched services
4.Limit unnecessary exposure to large crowds
5.Contact your physician if you have flu-like symptoms
6.If you need to call 9-1-1, provide as much information about your symptoms as possible and understand that dispatchers may ask you additional questions
7.Know that while on-scene response may look different, our first responders are trained to act appropriately, efficiently and in your best interests. Please be patient.

Thank you for your continued support,

Respectfully,
Amalio Jusino
NBREPC
Co-Chairman

Information on the Outbreak of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)
03/09/2020
Information on the Outbreak of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

Information on the Outbreak of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

The Massachusetts Department of Public Health is working closely with the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to provide updated information about the novel coronavirus outbreak.

03/06/2020

Federal Emergency Management Agency

Special Weather Statement issued March 6 at 4:26PM EST by NWS Albany NY

Areas Affected: Northern Berkshire; Southern Berkshire; Northern Litchfield; Southern Litchfield

An elevated fire risk will be in place for Saturday, March 7 across the Berkshires and Litchfield Hills. Minimum relative humidity is expected to drop to as low as 25 to 30 percent, except around 30 percent on the southern shoreline. Strong, dry northerly winds are expected to gust at 15 to 30 mph during the morning, gradually diminishing over the course of the day.

02/07/2020

Federal Emergency Management Agency

Special Weather Statement issued February 7 at 3:05PM EST by NWS Albany NY

Areas Affected: Eastern Columbia; Western Columbia; Bennington; Eastern Schenectady; Eastern Windham; Northern Warren; Southeast Warren; Western Windham; Northern Berkshire; Southern Saratoga; Eastern Rensselaer; Southern Berkshire; Northern Saratoga; Eastern Albany; Southern Washington; Western Rensselaer; Northern Washington

At 3 pm, heavy snow was located along and east of the Northway, and along and north of the Berkshire Spur/Mass Pike. Snowfall rates of an inch per hour are occurring in this area. The area of heavy snow will exit the Northway, Berkshire Spur, and Mass Pike corridors by 4-5 pm. Heavy snowfall will continue from Washington County into southern Vermont and the northern Berkshires through 5-6 pm. Wind gusts of 30 to 50 mph are possible, which will result in blowing snow and reduced visibility. Travelers should prepare for slippery roads and visibility of a quarter mile or less.

02/07/2020

Federal Emergency Management Agency
Update: Winter Weather Advisory issued February 7 at 12:05AM EST until February 7 at 7:00PM EST by NWS Albany NY
Areas Affected: Montgomery; Southern Fulton; Bennington; Eastern Schenectady; Western Schenectady; Eastern Windham; Southeast Warren; Western Windham; Northern Berkshire; Southern Saratoga; Southern Berkshire; Schoharie; Northern Fulton; Northern Saratoga; Western Albany; Southern Washington; Northern Washington
* WHAT...Mixed precipitation of snow, sleet and freezing rain.
Additional snow and sleet accumulations of 2 to 6 inches and
ice accumulations of one tenth to one quarter of an inch.

* WHERE...Bennington and western Windham Counties of southern
Vermont, the Lake George and Saratoga Region, the Schoharie
Valley, Helderbergs, central and eastern Mohawk Valley, and
the northern portion of the Capital Region.

* WHEN...Until 7 PM EST Friday.

* IMPACTS...Isolated to Scattered power outages and tree damage
are likely due to the ice. Travel could be difficult. The
hazardous conditions could impact the morning or evening
commute on Friday.

* ADDITIONAL DETAILS...Snowfall rates of up to an inch an hour
are possible Friday afternoon with gusty winds of 35 to 45 mph.
Slow down and use caution while traveling. Prepare for possible
power outages. Monitor the latest forecasts for updates on this
situation.

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