Hurricane closes schools, colleges, government offices; essential information listed
Gov. Deval Patrick declared a state of emergency Sunday in advance of Hurricane Sandy’s expected arrival today.
Patrick directed all schools and state offices to close, and non-emergency state workers to stay home today and encouraged private employers to tell their workers to also stay home.
Here is essential information for area residents:
∎ All state buildings are closed.
∎ Northampton’s Emergency Operations Center will open at 6:30 a.m. and can be reached at 413-587-1160.
∎ A regional shelter is open at Smith Vocational and Agricultural High School.
∎ All Northampton public schools and Smith Vocational and Agricultural School are closed.
∎ All Amherst-Pelham Regional schools, all Amherst public schools, and Pelham Elementary School are closed.
∎ All Easthampton public schools are closed.
∎ All Easthampton municipal offices are closed.
∎ All Hadley schools are closed.
∎ UMass, Amherst College, Hampshire College, Smith College, Mount Holyoke College, and Holyoke Community College are all closed.
Here are telephone numbers, websites, and Twitter addresses for storm updates:
∎ The Daily Hampshire Gazette: www.gazettenet.com, @gazettenet, 413-584-5000
∎ FEMA: www.fema.gov, @fema
∎ MEMA: www.mass.gov/eopss/agencies/mema/, @massema
∎ Western Massachusetts Electric Co.: www.wmeco.com/, @wmeco, 413-781-4300
∎ National Grid: www1.nationalgridus.com/Massachusetts, 1-800-465-1212
∎ Red Cross: www.redcross.org, @redcrosscwm, 978-537-3339
∎ Massachusetts State Police: www.mass.gov/eopss/agencies/msp, @massstatepolice, 413-584-3000
∎ Northampton Police: www.northamptonpd.com, 413-587-1105
∎ Northampton Fire Department: www.northamptonfire.org, 413-587-1148
∎ Amherst Police: www.amherstpd.org, 413-259-3000
∎ Amherst Fire: www.amherstma.gov/fire, 413-259-3000
∎ Easthampton Police and Fire: www.easthampton.org, 413-527-1212
∎ South Hadley Police: www.southhadley.org, 413-538-8231
∎ South Hadley Fire (Falls Section): 413-532-5343
∎ South Hadley fire (College Section): 413-534-5803
∎ Hadley Police and Fire: www.hadleyma.org, 413-584-0883
∎ Regional first responder information: www.fireground360.com, @fireground360