RMV Gives Back to Tornado Victims

June 15, 2011

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Losing everything in a tornado really does mean you lose everything. Yet, it is the littlest item that ends up being the most important. For example,  who even thinks about their driver’s license when their house is gone?

The RMV took this into account. They have just announced that as part of their effort to assist in this disaster, residents affected by the recent storms who lost their driver’s licenses or Massachusetts IDs can apply for a free duplicate by visiting a Registry of Motor Vehicles office.

Communities eligible for this benefit include: Southbridge, West Springfield, Springfield, Brimfield, Monson, Wilbraham, Sturbridge, Westfield, Agawam, Auburn, Chester, Blandford, Montgomery, Russell, Holyoke, Chicopee, Ludlow, East Longmeadow, Longmeadow, Wales, Oxford, Brookfield, East Brookfield, Webster, Holden, Southampton, Easthampton, Hampden, Charlton, Douglas, Millbury, Uxbridge, Belchertown, Northampton and Palmer.

For information on branch hours and locations, visit www.mass.gov/rmv.

(Information via MASSDOT, Registry News/MAIA Bulletin)


5 Tips on Avoiding Wind-Related Losses to Your Home or Car

June 9, 2011

Best-Preventative Measures in Avoiding Wind-Related Losses:

  • Collect the necessities before the storm hits: water, food, flashlights, batteries, radio in case of power loss. Stay away from windows. You know the basics.
  • Bring outdoor objects inside so they don’t fly away. Close the patio umbrella so it is less likely to get damaged, and then, damage other things on your property.
  • Stay inside; it’s not a good time to be sunning yourself or having a BBQ.
  • Make sure any trees or tree branches in the proximity to your car or home are secured or removed all together. (Don’t do this during the storm!)
  • Garage your vehicles if you have a garage. And secure or reinforce the door shut. (Some people fill their garage with too much junk so you can’t even fit a car in it. Don’t be one of them!)

#Bonnie Makes Land Fall in Florida, Headed to Gulf: How it Will Affect #BP Oil Spill

July 23, 2010

TROPICAL STORM BONNIE UPDATE:

In light of Tropical Storm Bonnie’s landfall in Florida and forecasted movement to the Gulf, the oil spill clean up crews have evacuated today, postponing clean up work until after the storm. According to US Official Admiral Thad Allen, this evacuation could add 12 days to the amount of time required to finish the clean up job (Source).

Tropical Storm Bonnie landed in Florida sustaining winds up to 40mph this morning. It is expected to strengthen significantly when it moves into the Gulf; it could possibly be upgraded to a hurricane.

According to meteorologists at Weather.com, Bonnie’s movement over the BP Gulf Oil Spill will have significant effects on the lingering oil in the water. It will have what they call the “Hurricane Alex” effect. Alex was a hurricane that hit southern Texas in June (during the oil spill). This storm proved that hurricanes can actually move the oil in the water either washing it ashore on a coast that may have been previously unaffected or making it disappate into the far ocean. Exactly where the oil goes depends on the size and strength of the storm.

Can this thing make it rain oil?

No way.

You said the hurricane season is going to be more active… So what does that mean for the spill?

Basically, there is a greater risk for oil to build up onto Gulf/Florida coastlines. However, sometimes, the storm can make things work advantageously and cause the oil to break down and dissipate. Unfortunately, the storms also call for the evacuation of clean up crews from the oil spill area- this really puts the whole business behind schedule.

To see some hurricane tips, check out CNN’s 5 Quick Tips to Hurricane-Proof Your Home.