With the massive snowfall that has happened in the last two days, Governor Patrick has announced a state of Emergency.
The impact of the declaration shouldnt be lost on Police across the state as municipal governments can now seek reimbursement for losses which include added manpower, etc.
From the Governors office:
“FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 12, 2011
CONTACT: Peter Judge, MEMA PIO
GOVERNOR PATRICK DECLARES STATE OF EMERGENCY
Winter Storm Presents Challenges of Snow Removal and Power Outages
FRAMINGHAM, MA – Governor Deval Patrick has declared a State of Emergency, in response to the impacts of the severe winter storm of January 12, 2011 with blizzard conditions, which brought larger and heavier than forecast snowfall to much of the Commonwealth.
The declaration of a State of Emergency will enable the Governor to take the appropriate steps to mobilize many of the Commonwealth’s assets, such as the National Guard, and conduct other emergency business to assist local communities in their response to and recovery from the many impacts of this winter storm.
The Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) is the state agency responsible for coordinating federal, state, local, voluntary and private resources during emergencies and disasters in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. MEMA provides leadership to: develop plans for effective response to all hazards, disasters or threats; train emergency personnel to protect the public; provide information to the citizenry; and assist individuals, families, businesses and communities to mitigate against, prepare for, and respond to and recover from emergencies, both natural and man made. For additional information about MEMA and Winter Preparedness go to www.mass.gov/mema. Also follow MEMA updates on Facebook and Twitter.”
Attorney Ronald A. Sellon