January 26, 2015 (508) 820-2002


FRAMINGHAM, MA – “Before the arrival of the storm this evening, it is important that you take the proper steps to ensure the safety of your family and home,” said Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) Director Kurt Schwartz.

• Ensure your Emergency Kit is stocked with supplies to enable you to survive on your own for at least three to five days. There should be a first-aid kit, essential prescription medicines, non-perishable foods (those that require no refrigeration such as canned goods, dried fruits and nuts), a manual can opener, water (one gallon per person, per day), flashlights and extra batteries along with a portable radio or NOAA Weather Radio, baby-care or pet supplies items, extra blankets, sleeping bags and a fire extinguisher.
• Ensure that your Winter Emergency Car Kit is well stocked to keep you and your vehicle safe.
• This storm has the potential to bring widespread power outages, so take the opportunity to fully charge your cell phone, laptop, and any other devices in advance of a power outage.
• Those along the coast should be aware of potential flooding. Pay close attention to directives from you local public safety officials.
• Keep extra batteries for your phone in a safe place or purchase a solar-powered or hand crank charger. These chargers are good emergency tools to keep your laptop and other small electronics working in the event of a power outage. If you own a car, purchase a car phone charger because you can charge your phone if you lose power at your home.
• Gas up you automobiles because many local filling stations may also lose their ability to pump gas.
• Download the free Massachusetts Alerts app to your smartphone to receive important weather alerts and messages from MEMA. Easy instructions are available at
• Trim dead tree branches and limbs close to your home. Ice, snow and wind can combine to snap limbs that can take down power lines or damage your home.
• Clean gutters. Melting snow and ice can build up if gutters are clogged with debris. When thawing begins, the water can back up under your roof and eaves causing damage to walls and ceilings.
• Check your homeowner’s insurance policy to ensure adequate coverage.
• Ensure that your Smoke and Carbon Monoxide (CO) detectors are working correctly and have fresh batteries. Check your outside fuel exhaust vents, making sure that they are not obstructed by snow or ice. Never use cooking equipment intended for outside use indoors as a heat source or cooking device
• Have sufficient heating fuel, as regular sources may be cut off. Have the option of emergency heating equipment and fuel (a gas fireplace, wood burning stove or fireplace) so you can safely keep at least one room livable. Be sure the room is well ventilated.
• To keep pipes from freezing, wrap them in insulation or layers of newspapers, covering the newspapers with plastic to keep out moisture. Let faucets drip a little to avoid freezing.
• Know how to safely shut off gas, electric power and water valves.
• If you use medical equipment in your home that requires electricity, talk to your health care provider about how you can prepare for its use during a power outage. Ensure you have extra batteries for medical equipment and assistive devices.
• If you have life-support devices that depend on electricity, contact your local electric company about your power needs for life-support devices (home dialysis, suction, breathing machines, etc.) in advance of an emergency. Some utility companies will put you on a “priority reconnection service” list. Talk to your equipment suppliers about your power options and also let the fire department know that you are dependent on life-support devices.
• Find out about individual assistance that may be available in your community if you need it. Register in advance with the local emergency management agency, the local fire department, other government agencies or non-profit groups. Tell them of your individual needs or those of a family member and find out what assistance, help or services can be provided.
• If you use in-home support services, Meals-on-Wheels, Life Alert or other support services, work with them to personalize emergency preparedness plans to meet your needs so you can keep in touch with them during and after an emergency. That contact may be your lifeline to other services in a disaster.
• If you have or may have transportation needs, work with local transportation providers and/or disability services (e.g., Paratransit, Independent Living Centers) to plan ahead for accessible transportation.
• Develop back-up plans for personal assistance services, hospice or other forms of in-home assistance.
• Be a good neighbor. Check in on friends, family, and neighbors, particularly those most susceptible to extreme temperatures and power outages such as seniors and those with access and functional needs.

MEMA is the state agency charged with ensuring the state is prepared to withstand, respond to, and recover from all types of emergencies and disasters, including natural hazards, accidents, deliberate attacks, and technological and infrastructure failures. MEMA is committed to an all hazards approach to emergency management. By building and sustaining effective partnerships with federal, state and local government agencies, and with the private sector – – individuals, families, non-profits, and businesses – – MEMA ensures the Commonwealth’s ability to rapidly recover from large and small disasters by assessing and mitigating threats and hazards, enhancing preparedness, coordinating response operations, and strengthening our capacity to rebuild and recover.

For additional information about MEMA, go to Also, follow MEMA on Twitter at; Facebook at; and YouTube at Massachusetts Alerts: to receive emergency information on your smartphone, including severe weather alerts from the National Weather Service and emergency information from MEMA, download the Massachusetts Alerts free app. To learn more about Massachusetts Alerts, and for additional information on how to download the free app onto your smartphone, visit:

Peter W. Judge
Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency
400 Worcester Road
Framingham, MA 01702-5399

Direct: 508.820.2002
24 hr.: 508.820.2000
Fax: 508.820.2030

Spaulding Alpine Ski Club Saturdays

All levels of experience are welcome.
Have you ever imagined getting out on the slopes and enjoying
winter sports but think your illness or injury stands in your way? If
so, think again! Whether you are a beginner, intermediate, or
advanced skier or snowboarder, we have a program that will likely
accommodate your needs and get you out on the slopes! In
collaboration with adaptive skiing programs across New England,
your snow sports session will be customized to meet your needs and
Local coaches, trained in the latest teaching techniques, in
conjunction with Spaulding volunteers will provide a fun and safe
environment in which you can experience the excitement of adaptive
snow sports. Come and experience skiing or snowboarding with us
this winter!
Spaulding Ski Club is offering accessible transportation from
Charlestown for the first time this year, but space will fill fast, so call
today to reserve your ski days.
Parking and transportation will be available for particiapnts at
Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital in Charlestown.
Parking will be $5 with SASC coupon on Level P2 only.
Pre-registration and pre-payment is required.


February 7 – Loon Mountain, NH
February 21 – Bretton Woods, NH
March 7 – Waterville Valley, NH
*March 21-22 – Stowe, VT
*Overnight cost for Stowe is TBD
Spaulding Charlestown and
MA DOT Park and Ride – I-93 Exit 42
9:30-12 p.m. and 1:00-4:00 p.m.


$90 – Adaptive Participant
w/transportation, lift, equipment
and instruction
$70 – Adaptive Participant
w/o transportation incl: lift,
equipment and instruction
$85 – Spaulding Employee
w/transportation and lift pass
$90 – Community Member
w/transportation and lift pass

For more information or to register, please call 877.976.7272.

Or email Mark Priest at

Danvers De-Clutterers’ Group

FREE for Danvers Residents

Are your possessions taking over your home?


Is clutter affecting you at home, work, or in your relationships? Does your clutter create safety issues in your home? Are you embarrassed or ashamed to have people in your home? If you can answer yes to any of these questions, there is help and support for you.


10 week groups beginning late JANUARY and Early FEBRUARY
There are no age or geographic restrictions for group membership.


Spaces are limited, pre-registration is required.***


For more information
please contact
Marnie McDonald, LCSW

Update On Bill to Create a Commission on Bullying Submitted by Senator Joan Lovely on January 15th

Friends and colleagues, hello.


Today I am reaching out to each of you who lives in Massachusetts, we need your voice to help advance the legislation on Beacon Hill to stop bullying of elderly and disabled persons living in multifamily housing.


I learned from John Horgan, Legislative Director for Senator Joan Lovely, that on January 15th “…Senator Lovely filed the Resolve Creating a Commission to Study Ways to Prevent Bullying of Tenants in Public and Subsidized Multi-Family Housing this Morning. The Resolve has been given a docket number, Senate Docket No. 442.”


I have attached a copy of that Resolve, which is identical to the previous bill, S2329 from the last session. The Resolve would bring together all the stakeholders to work together to seek solutions the problem of bullying in housing.


A legislative study commission would be the first such effort by any state to address these problems and confirm Massachusetts as a protector of the human and civil rights of all.


Our bill to study the causes of bullying and identify ways to prevent it had strong bipartisan support and almost passed in the final hours of the last legislative session. Although it was sponsored by the Joint Committee on Housing, approved by powerful Senate Committee on Ethics and Rules, and sailed through votes by the Senate, unfortunately the House did not see fit to approve it. This time, we will do a more thorough job of preparation and education in both house and senate to seek the widest possible support.


We can now take advantage of the widespread good will for the issue of bullying prevention and the momentum that is so evident on Beacon Hill to seek early passage in the current session.


Senator Lovely will be reaching out to her colleagues to seek their support as co-sponsors. There is a short window for action. Please call or write today.


Please call or email or write to your state senator and representative right now, and tell them that you support the bill, Senate Docket No. 442, and urge them to act as co-sponsor and to support early action to advance the bill through the legislative process. To become a sponsor, they can contact Senator Lovely’s office.


To find out the names and contact information for your senator and representative, all you need is to enter your zip code at


We are being joined in these efforts by the partners of the Stop Bullying Coalition: The Mass Alliance of HUD Tenants and the Independent Living Center of the North Shore and Cape Ann, and by so many individuals like you.


Let’s show them that we care. Every voice that is heard will surely make a difference! Thank you for what you do. And please, do it now!!

All the best,


Jerry Halberstadt
Coordinator, Stop Bullying Coalition
Twitter: @PhotoLumination



Information Alert: DOL Home Care Rule Vacated!

ILCNSCA and other NCIL staff members were excited to be at the U.S. District Court for D.C. yesterday to hear Judge Richard Leon’s ruling in Home Care Association of America v. Weil regarding the Department of Labor’s Home Care Rule. On December 22, 2014, Judge Leon vacated the third-party employer regulation, and he issued a temporary restraining order on the entire rule that was set to expire today. Yesterday, Judge Leon vacated the revised definition of companionship services, the other major provision of the rule, thereby canceling both major provisions of the rule before the restraining order expired. Judge Leon stated once again that the DOL’s rule was “trying to do through regulation what must be done through legislation”.
ILCNSCA and NCIL are extremely supportive of and understands the need for higher wages and benefits for personal care attendants. However, the Home Care Rule was an unfunded mandate that would have resulted in widespread service caps and service disruptions, leading to negative health consequences, decreased independence, and increased risk of institutionalization for millions of consumers with disabilities. Before the rule was set to go into effect, we already heard about attendants receiving notices about hours, and therefore income, being cut.
An email from the Department of Labor expressed their dissatisfaction with the ruling and stated that they are considering their legal options. The DOL can decide to appeal, and they will likely do so. However, ILCNSCA and NCIL applaud Judge Leon’s decision and hopes that the DOL will engage with the disability community as they make their decisions moving forward.

• Judge Leon’s full opinion (PDF)

Transformation Center Board Recruitment

Dear Friends of the Transformation Center,
The Transformation Center is accepting applications for membership to the Transformation Center Board of Directors. To get the application email . The applications are due January 26, 2015 and can be emailed to with a very clear subject line like “Board Application.”
May 8 is the Transformation Center celebration of the year’s accomplishments and experiences, location to be announced. We hope you can join us to celebrate the Transformation Center.
The Transformation Center
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