Telephone-based mass notifications systems are used by thousands of public safety agencies across the US to warn citizens about local emergencies, hazards and other information. Now the Town of Maynard announces that they have selected Hyper-Reach to improve notification capability to the area. Hyper-Reach is a state of the art mass emergency notification system and the service is now fully operational.
The new emergency alert system, replacing the previous Maynard Blackboard system, will provide rapid notification of hazardous and urgent situations using a mix of telephone calls, text and email messages, and even TTY/TDD service for the hearing impaired. The system sends thousands of these messages to geographically targeted households in seconds, and can simultaneously deliver them to an even broader audience via social media, as well as sending broadcast messages to most current mobile telephones (made since 2011) in an affected area by providing access to FEMA’s Wireless Emergency Alert (WEA) system.
“Our job is to protect the citizens of the Town of Maynard and keep them informed as effectively and cost-effectively as possible.” said Anthony Stowers, Fire Chief and Emergency Management Director. “We reviewed Hyper-Reach as a potential emergency notification service for Maynard, and their system gave us everything we needed at a competitive price. We’re really excited about this improved system.”
The Town plans to use the service in the same way they utilized the previous system, primarily for alerts about weather and environmental hazards, public safety and missing persons. Landline phone numbers are automatically enrolled for Community alerts, but Community and Weather alerts to mobile phones and email addresses as well as Weather alerts to landline phones and are only included when people enroll. Residents and people who work in the Town of Maynard are encouraged to enroll now either by calling or texting “Alert” to (978) 307-8700 or by going to the Maynard Hyper-Reach signup page.
The Maynard Fire Department reminds everyone that seconds count when there is a fire. Keeping hydrants shoveled out and clear can mean the difference between life and death should a fire break out near you.
Starting on or around Monday 11/18/19, Detour Construction will be working on Great Road installing loam and seed adjacent to recently constructed sidewalks.
All roads will remain open, but at times may be subject to alternating one-way traffic. Temporary pedestrian detours may be employed in order to reconstruct the existing sidewalks. Police Details will be deployed.
We will make every effort to notify residents of any substantial schedule changes. If you have any questions please contact the Maynard DPW at 978-897-1317 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
This summer, the MA Department of Environmental Protection and the Environmental Protection Agency sampled Maynard drinking water wells to test for per– and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), a group of man-made chemicals that include PFOA, PFOS, GenX, and many other chemicals. The federal limit of these chemicals in drinking water is 70 Parts Per Trillion (PPT). The MA Department of Environmental Protection is considering decreasing the limit in Massachusetts to 20 PPT.
Results of the Maynard sampling ranged from 4.1 to 9.4 PPT, significantly below the federal limit, and the proposed state limit. Based on these results, the Town Administrator’s Office agrees with the town’s water engineering firm Stantec, that PFAS/PFOA at the current drinking water sources is not a concern at this time.
UPDATE: Regional Water Quality Sample Results (Nov 2019)
The Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection issued a Notice of Responsibility to the Department of Fire Services (DFS) on October 24th, 2019 citing levels of per- and polyfluorinated alkyl substances (PFAS) detected in water in White Pond and the DFS grounds.
PFAS is a common chemical, and specifically found in fire suppression materials, namely AFFF foam. DFS no longer uses materials containing PFAS in their fire training.
DFS hired GZA as a Licensed Site Professional (LSP) to investigate the origins of the contamination, the scope of the contamination, and the possible migration of the contamination.
White Pond is not a current water source for the Town of Maynard, however the Town does retain rights to utilize this source.
To obtain details on this investigation and findings:
Work is partially complete and will continue into mid-November 2019 until complete. Please note that the area of Great Road in front of the Town schools is an active construction zone. Residents should do their best to stay out of the work areas as trip and fall hazards could exist within the work areas.
Aerial Spraying was completed by the Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources in the Town of Maynard on September 14th. For more information on the aerial spraying, visit Mass.gov.
Treatment of Crowe Park, Reo Park and Rockland Avenue Field was completed on September 14th by East Middlesex Mosquito Control.
Treatment of all school fields will be completed the evening of September 16th, 2019.
The pesticide that will be used is Mavrik Perimeter, with active ingredient tau-fluvalinate EPA# 2724-478.
The treatment will target large vegetation surrounding the fields. This product leaves a residue that can kill mosquitoes for multiple days as they land to rest. The product was applied to the perimeter, not the fields. No precautions need to be made.
Based on recent Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) activity and/or positive mosquito detection in the area, Massachusetts Department of Public Health has raised the EEE risk in some towns.
Residents are encouraged to take personal protective actions to avoid mosquito bites (see details below).
The Town of Maynard is currently at a high risk threat level from the State of Massachusetts Department of Public Health for Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE).
Although EEE virus has not been isolated in Maynard at this time, the virus has been found in several towns surrounding our community. As such, it is vital that residents take all steps necessary to avoid mosquito bites, whether at home or when visiting communities with elevated EEE risk. The threat is expected to remain elevated until the first hard frost of the year, which typically occurs in October. All residents are strongly urged to follow the recommendations listed below to protect themselves and their loved ones from illness caused by mosquitoes. The following recommendations are being made to reduce potential exposure:
Wear mosquito repellent: Products with 30% DEET, Permethrin, Picardin or oil of lemon eucalyptus are the most effective
Be aware of peak mosquito hours: Mosquitos are most active from dusk to dawn
Drain standing water on your property: Mosquitos lay eggs in standing or stagnant water
Wear long sleeves and long pants: Covering skin will limit potential exposure
Avoid outside areas with obvious mosquito activity
State Officials Announce Additional Aerial Spraying for EEE in Critical and High Risk Communities
Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources (MDAR) is scheduled to begin aerial spraying evening of Tuesday, September 10th and continue into next week in parts of Middlesex, Worcester, and Norfolk counties. While aerial spraying is weather and equipment dependent, above-average evening temperatures this week are likely to permit the application. The Town of Maynard is entirely within the spray zone.
The Maynard Emergency Management team reminds everyone that hot temperatures combined with high humidity levels are expected to create dangerous heat conditions, with the most oppressive conditions expected Saturday.
Due to the extreme heat forecast for the weekend, the Police Station and the meeting rooms at both Powder Mill Circle and Concord Street Circle will be open 24/7 on Saturday and Sunday as cooling centers for those that need a place to cool off.
MEMA urges residents to take precautions during the upcoming extreme heat. Never leave children or pets alone in a closed vehicle, stay hydrated, dress in loose-fitting clothing, stay out of the sun as much as possible, especially during peak midday hours, and watch for heat-related illnesses.
As always, check on your family, friends, and neighbors, especially the elderly, to make sure they are safe during this extreme heat – thank you.
We recommend that all Maynard residents and businesses read the following message from Eversource regarding expected high heat and increased electricity demand:
With sweltering heat and high humidity across the region over the next several days, air conditioners and fans are expected to be working overtime. Though high electricity usage during a heat wave can put a strain on the electric system, Eversource is prepared to meet that increased demand and its crews are ready to respond to any outages or issues that arise.
“We prepare year-round to meet the increased demand and to ensure that our system is ready tohandle additional electricity needs that come with a heat wave,” said Eversource President of Regional Electric Operations Craig Hallstrom. “This includes conducting detailed inspections of our electric system in advance of the extreme heat to detect and resolve any issues ahead of time so that our customers have the energy they need for every moment of their lives, even in the face of potentially record- breaking heat.”
As the heat wave approaches, Eversource offers these common-sense hot weather tips to help customers stay comfortable, and save energy and money on their electric bills during this period of high demand:
Fire Chief Anthony Stowers and the Maynard Fire Department would like to remind residents to follow the grilling safety tips outlined below as they begin cooking out this summer.
According to the Massachusetts Department of Fire Services (DFS), Massachusetts fire departments responded to 431 fires involving grills, hibachis and barbecues between 2011 and 2015. These fires caused 20 civilian injuries, three firefighter injuries and $3.5 million in property damage.
“Residents should be cautious and aware when it comes to outdoor grilling this summer,” Chief Stowers said. “We want residents to enjoy themselves and have fun, but we are advising everyone to follow grilling safety guidelines while they do so.”
In order to prevent grilling fires and keep residents safe while cooking outdoors, Chief Stowers recommends the following tips provided by DFS:
Propane and charcoal grills should only be used outdoors.
Place grills away from the house, deck railings and out from under eaves of overhanging branches.
Keep children and pets at least three feet away from the grilling area. Children should never play near grills or propane cylinders.
Never leave a burning grill unattended.
Gas Grill Safety
Make sure the lid of a gas grill is open when you light it. Propane can build up inside and when ignited, the lid may blow off.
Check that all connections are tight before turning on the gas.
Clean the grease trap every time you grill.
If you smell gas while cooking, turn the grill off and move away from it. Call 911 from a safe location. Do not move the grill.
Store propane cylinders upright in an outdoor, shaded area. Cylinders should not be used, stored or transported where they can be exposed to high temperatures.
Charcoal Grill Safety
Use only charcoal starter fluid. Never used gasoline or kerosene to start a fire in a grill and never add lighter fluid to burning briquettes or hot coals.
Always use charcoal grills in a well-ventilated area. Charcoal briquettes give off carbon monoxide, which can be deadly.
Properly dispose of grill ashes. Allow the coals to burn out completely and then cool for 48 hours before disposal. If you must dispose of ashes before they are completely cooled, thoroughly soak them in water before putting them in a metal container.
Anyone who has questions about grilling safety should contact the Maynard Fire Department at 978-897-1015.
As summer approaches, Chief Anthony Stowers and the Maynard Fire Department would like to remind residents to be safe while swimming in both public and private pools, as well as participating in recreational activities on the Assabet River.