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Joseph Porcelli (Chief Neighbor)'s Blog – August 2011 Archive (12)

I'm moving to DC. Who wants a seat at the leadership table?

Dear Neighbors,
For the last year, I've been working and commuting back and forth to Washington, D.C.  I did not want to leave the neighborhood and city that I love.
In D.C., I've been running a consulting firm that does digital communication and engagement for government agencies (check out one of our recent projects -> http://community.fema.gov.)  I've also written a blog post called "…
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Added by Joseph Porcelli (Chief Neighbor) on August 30, 2011 at 3:30pm — 11 Comments

ALL MBTA SERVICES SUSPENDED EFFECTIVE 8AM SUNDAY, AUGUST 28TH

Source: MBTA.com: After a careful review of the most recent information from the National Weather Service, the MBTA has decided to suspend all modes of service effective 8am Sunday, August 28th.

At the request of health care institutions in Greater Boston, the MBTA has agreed to provide service - on all modes - until 8:00 a.m. Sunday so that…

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Added by Joseph Porcelli (Chief Neighbor) on August 28, 2011 at 1:00am — No Comments

FEMA Issues Safety Tips for Weathering the Storm

WASHINGTON - As Hurricane Irene makes landfall in North Carolina and continues to move up the East Coast of the United States, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is working closely with states in the storm's projected path to ensure they have the resources they need to respond. FEMA officials are urging residents and businesses to listen to the instructions of their local officials, closely follow news and weather reports, and evacuate, if told…

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Added by Joseph Porcelli (Chief Neighbor) on August 27, 2011 at 3:12pm — No Comments

Secure Outdoor Furniture, Grills, etc to prevent damage from Tropical Storm Force Winds

Neighbors,

The good news is the City just said they are "not expecting significant storm surge or evacuations in Boston". The bad news is they are concerned about "damaging tropical force winds".

Let's secure our outdoor furniture, grills etc to prevent damage NOW.

Stay safe and please check in on each other and especially our elderly, sick, and disabled…

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Added by Joseph Porcelli (Chief Neighbor) on August 27, 2011 at 12:30pm — 2 Comments

Hurricane and Flood Watches Issued

The National Weather Service has issued a hurricane watch for coastal Massachusetts, including the City of Boston. A hurricane watch means that hurricane conditions are possible within the next 48 hours. In addition, a flood watch has been issued and will be in effect beginning Saturday evening and into Sunday night. 



The City urges individuals and businesses to closely monitor this storm and complete any preparations for its potential impact by Saturday evening. Tips on how best to…

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Added by Joseph Porcelli (Chief Neighbor) on August 26, 2011 at 4:20pm — No Comments

FEMA App and Text Message Updates

As Hurricane…

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Added by Joseph Porcelli (Chief Neighbor) on August 26, 2011 at 2:34pm — No Comments

How to Make a Family Emergency Plan

The below information was copied from Ready.gov.

Your family may not be together when disaster strikes, so it is important to plan in advance: how you will contact one another; how you will get back together; and what you will do in different situations.

Family Emergency Plan

  • Identify an out-of town contact.  It may be easier to make a long-distance phone call than to…
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Added by Joseph Porcelli (Chief Neighbor) on August 25, 2011 at 12:04am — 3 Comments

How to Make an Emergency Supply Kit

The information below is copied from Ready.gov.

You may need to survive on your own after an emergency. This means having your own food, water, and other supplies in sufficient quantity to last for at least three days. Local officials and relief workers will be on the scene after a disaster, but they cannot reach everyone immediately. You could get help in hours, or it might take days. In addition, basic…

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Added by Joseph Porcelli (Chief Neighbor) on August 25, 2011 at 12:01am — No Comments

How to Stay Informed During an Emergency

Here is what you need to know about Staying Informed During an Emergency:

The basics:

  1. If you need help call 911
  2. Do not put yourself in danger, you will just make more work for emergency responders down the road. 

Sign up for Alerts:

  1. From the City of Boston…
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Added by Joseph Porcelli (Chief Neighbor) on August 25, 2011 at 12:00am — No Comments

FEMA Urges East Coast Residents to Be Prepared

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- As Hurricane Irene moves toward the East Coast of the United States, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is urging all residents in East Coast states to take steps now to prepare their families and businesses for hurricanes and severe weather. Visit www.Ready.gov or www.Listo.gov for helpful tips on preparing for hurricanes, flash flooding and other disasters.

According to the…

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Added by Joseph Porcelli (Chief Neighbor) on August 24, 2011 at 5:30pm — No Comments

Prepare for Hurricane Irene Now!

Neighbors,

It looks like we are going to get hit by Hurricane Irene this weekend.

"National Hurricane Center Director Bill Read laid the threat out plainly: "We are very concerned with what's going to happen in New England. The benchmark is the 1938 hurricane. I am very concerned with what will happen there.""

We'll keep you posted throughout the storm. We are also thinking about doing "Hurricane Crew" like we did for the snow storms this winter - stay…

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Added by Joseph Porcelli (Chief Neighbor) on August 24, 2011 at 2:30pm — 3 Comments

Introducing #Hi5Fridays

Hey Neighbors,

I'm launching a new community building project this month. It's called #Hi5Fridays!

About:

Giving a Hi5 is a great way to acknowledge a neighbor, friend, or co-worker for a job well done or just being awesome.

Here is how it works:

  1. Every Friday, give at least 5 people -…
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Added by Joseph Porcelli (Chief Neighbor) on August 12, 2011 at 11:31am — No Comments

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