Snow Storm Update as of 2:30 PM January 26, 2015

The National Weather Service predicts that Massachusetts will experience a severe and potentially historic storm this afternoon, Monday, January 26th through Wednesday morning, January 28th, resulting in snowfalls of 20 to 30 inches across much of the state with drifts of several feet, damaging winds, poor visibility, and serious coastal flooding as well as potential thunderstorms.

Governor Baker has declared a State of Emergency in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts effective this afternoon due to the forecasted snow storm and blizzard conditions. Governor Baker has signed an Executive Order allowing for the enforcement of a statewide travel ban effective at midnight. For detailed information on the travel ban, visit www.mass.gov.

In anticipation of this major snow storm, Town of Auburn officials have developed a storm preparedness plan. Please note the following cancellations:

• Auburn Public Schools are closed tomorrow, January 27th.
• All after school activities scheduled today after 5:00 PM, January 26th, are cancelled.
• Town Hall, the Library and the Lorraine Gleick Nordgren Senior Center will be closed today, Monday, January 26th at 4:00 PM and all day tomorrow, January 27th.
• All town events, programs and activities scheduled for this evening and tomorrow, January 27th are cancelled.
• The Board of Selectmen’s meeting tonight, January 26th is cancelled.
• The By Law Review Committee Meeting and Public Hearing scheduled for Tuesday, January 27th is cancelled. The meeting and public hearing will be held on Thursday, January 29th at the Auburn High School.
• The Senior Center has cancelled van service, all programs and lunch for tomorrow, Tuesday, January 27th.
• Republic has cancelled trash collection for customers on Tuesday, January 27th. Depending on the severity of the storm, further trash collection advisement and information will be provided.
• Casella Recycling will not be operating the transfer station or recycling facility on Hardscrabble Road tomorrow, January 27th. The gates will be open so they do not get blocked by snow and to help with snow removal but the facility will be closed. Depending on the severity of the storm, Casella will consider a later opening on Wednesday.

The following important information is provided for residents and businesses:

During the storm:
• Dial 911 for emergency calls only. Please direct all non-emergency calls to Auburn Dispatch at 508-832-7777.
• To report a power outage, gas leak, or downed wires call National Grid at 1-800-465-1212. Outages can also be reported on National Grid’s web site at https://www1.nationalgridus.com/OutageCentralHub
• For general questions, electric and gas customers of National Grid can call Customer Service at 1.800.322.3223.
• To report any service related issues related to Verizon or to receive alerts, customers can call 1-800-VERIZON (1-800-837-4966).
• Verizon’s Small Business customers can visit www.verizon.com/bizoutage. Medium business and enterprise customers should contact their regular customer service centers or account teams.
• NSTAR customers can report a service interruption by using NStar’s “Report an Outage” online tool or by calling 800-592-2000. Information about current outages is also available on NSTAR’s Outage Map at www.nstar.com.
• To report a cable outage, contact Charter Customer Service at 1-888-438-2427.
• During the storm, residents can tune into the Town’s AM Radio Channel 1610 for storm related updates.
• Updates will also be posted on the Town’s website at www.auburnguide.com, ACTV Channel 191, and the Town’s social media sites on Facebook and Twitter.
• If an emergency shelter must be activated due to widespread outages and demand for sheltering, information will be provided via CodeRED, the Town’s web site, ACTV Channel 191, Radio AM 1610, the Town’s social media sites at Facebook and Twitter, and other media outlets.

Please be reminded:
• Do not park vehicles on the streets during the storm as this impedes snow clearing operations and emergency vehicles. Vehicles parked in the roadway will be towed.
• Do not leave trash bins in the street as it will hamper DPW and emergency vehicles.
• If you have a fire hydrant in front of your property, please shovel it to keep it clear for emergencies.
• Plan to have enough non-perishables, water, medicine, flashlights and batteries on hand should the power go out for an extended period.
• If you use a generator, remember to keep it outside, well away from your home or garage.

Public safety is our main priority. We urge all residents to stay off the roads during the storm and adhere to the Governor’s statewide travel ban.

Thank you.

Julie A. Jacobson                           Roger Belhumeur

Town Manager                              Emergency Management Director