Month: June 2017
Sawyer Free Library, Week of July 3-8, 2017
The Writer’s Group at the Sawyer Free Library
Each person is invited to bring their current work to share (fiction or non-fiction). We will read & discuss & provide constructive support. Meets the 2nd and 4th Saturdays of each month from 10:30am-12:30pm in the Muzzey Room. Next meeting Saturday, July 8!
Elder Abuse Hotline Change
Beginning Friday, June 30, 2017, the Executive Office of Elder Affairs will centralize the Elder Protective Services abuse reporting system (Elder Abuse Hotline) to a single phone number. The 24/7 single phone number will simplify the process for elder abuse reporting.
All calls (day or night, 7 days a week) will go directly to the Massachusetts-based call center at 1-800-922-2275, regardless of the location of the reporter or the elder. While the initial report intake will be centralized, all reports will continue to be referred to and handled by local Protective Services Agencies for screening, investigation, and service planning.
Beginning June 30, 2017, to report suspected elder abuse, please call the statewide 24-hour hotline at 1-800-922-2275.
More information about Protective Services can be found at www.seniorcareinc.org/services/protective-services.
New City Alert System: GLOUCESTER EMERGENCY ALERTS powered by Smart911 (CodeRED to be retired)
GLOUCESTER EMERGENCY ALERTS powered by Smart911 is the official EMERGENCY notification system used by the City of Gloucester to communicate with residents during emergencies. Sign up now to receive free alerts from the City via text message, email, voice message or social media.
Citizens can register to receive alerts for the following:
- Emergency Notifications – Urgent, must-know information that may require action such as taking shelter. Alerts may include water advisories, road closures, power outages, evacuations, lock down situations, etc.
- Advisories – Important need-to-know information, but not necessarily immediately time-sensitive. Alerts may include missing person, amber alert, prescribed burn notices, etc.
- Snow, Flooding, School, Beach Alerts – Important need-to-know information regarding community events and park facilities. Alerts may include cancellation notice due to weather or field conditions, park/facility closure notices and event information.
- Traffic Alerts – Time sensitive situations affecting the flow of traffic and creating an immediate hazard on major thoroughfares or at the request of FIRE/EMS/LAW personnel at the scene.
- Weather Warnings – National Weather Service Advisories and Watches
Frequently Asked Questions:
What is Gloucester Emergency Alerts powered by Smart911?
Gloucester Emergency Alerts powered by Smart911 is Gloucester’s official emergency alert and notification system. This system is used to send alerts to the public during emergencies. Gloucester Emergency Alerts powered by Smart911 is a free service that allows you to sign up online to receive customized alerts via text message, email, and voice message. CODE RED WILL NO LONGER BE USED SO NEW ACTIONS MAY BE NECESSARY FOR CITIZENS.
In addition to emergency alerts, you can also choose to receive customizable community notifications. These include notifications about severe weather, safety, health, utility disruptions, major traffic incidents, and more. This service is provided by the city at no cost to the public; however, message and data rates may apply.
Why should I sign-up for Gloucester Emergency Alerts powered by Smart911?
When emergencies happen, be the first to know. The Gloucester Fire and Police Departments use Gloucester Emergency Alerts powered by Smart911 to send official, real-time alerts to the public with information about potentially life-saving actions they may need to take to keep themselves and their families safe. By signing up for Gloucester Emergency Alerts powered by Smart911 you are taking a large step toward improving your personal safety.
How does it work?
When an emergency occurs that meets the criteria for sending out an alert to the public, the Gloucester Emergency dispatchers will gather the necessary information and push out an alert to the affected area. Alerts can be sent out city-wide to everyone who has opted-in to the system, or to a specific area or neighborhood for more localized events.
How much does it cost?
This service is provided by the city at no cost to the public; however, message and data rates may apply depending on your provider and phone services.
Can you guarantee that I will receive notification if I register?
Gloucester Emergency Alerts powered by Smart911 is an excellent system, we cannot guarantee that you will receive notification in all cases. Disasters and emergencies are chaotic and unpredictable, and notification is dependent on external providers such as your wireless carrier or email delivery service outside the city’s control. Gloucester Emergency Alerts powered by Smart911 will use several means of communications to try to ensure that should any one communications method, technology, or delivery option be unavailable to reach residents, other methods will be used to improve the likelihood that citizens will see the message.
How do I sign-up for Gloucester Emergency Alerts powered by Smart911?
Signing up for Gloucester Emergency Alerts powered by Smart911 is easy! Go to alerts.smart911.com and register your contact information.
Who can sign-up for Gloucester Emergency Alerts powered by Smart911?
Gloucester Emergency Alerts powered by Smart911 is available to anyone who lives, works, travels through, or visits Gloucester. The address can be your home location, work location, or any other location you care about.
Will I receive alerts if I don’t sign-up?
Gloucester residents who have a landline phone may receive alerts. However, there are strict rules governing when officials can use this contact information to send out an alert. Only extremely critical alerts containing potentially life-saving information will be sent. In order to ensure that you are able to get all emergency alerts, we recommend that you sign-up for Gloucester Emergency Alerts powered by Smart911 online. If you do not sign-up and register your contact information, you will not receive alerts on your preferred devices and may miss out on receiving important safety information.
I don’t own a computer – who can help me sign-up for Gloucester Emergency Alerts powered by Smart911?
You can visit your local library or the Mayor’s Office to sign up online for Gloucester Emergency Alerts powered by Smart911.
What types of alerts will I receive?
Emergency alerts are sent 24/7 when there is an immediate threat to life and/or property. In addition to emergency alerts, you can also choose to receive customizable community notifications. These include notifications about:
- Safety risks
- Health risks
- Transportation disruption
- Special event information
- Test messages.
Can I call the alert phone number back or reply back to the email?
You are not able to reply to texts or emails sent by Gloucester Emergency Alerts powered by Smart911. Voice messages provide a dial-back number to replay an alert message.
When will I start receiving alerts?
Once you have signed up online at alerts.smart911.com and confirmed your contact information within the system, you will begin receiving alerts
How do I update or remove my notification preferences and contact information used by Gloucester Emergency Alerts powered by Smart911?
Follow the below steps to change your Gloucester Emergency Alerts powered by Smart911 preferences (for example, to reduce the number of messages of a certain type, or to change the contacts used for each kind of message):
- Go to the login page for Gloucester Emergency Alerts powered by Smart911
- Login using your Gloucester Emergency Alerts powered by Smart911 username and password (If you’ve forgotten these, follow the instructions on the page under “Forgot Username or Password?”)
- Once signed in, click the ‘Preferences’ tab at the top
- Under ‘Notification Preferences’, you can make changes to both the phone numbers and email addresses on which you want to receive Gloucester Emergency Alerts powered by Smart911
messages by clicking or unclicking the checkboxes
- You can also choose what alerts you want to receive and the method you wish to receive them by (text, voice, email)
- For example, if you wish to turn off all messages regarding Transportation Disruptions, simply uncheck the box to the left of “Transportation Disruption”
- If you wish instead only to receive emails for Transportation Disruption notifications, instead uncheck the “Text” and / or “Voice” choices, so that only “Email” remains checked
How often will I receive alerts?
The frequency for which you receive alerts depends on the addresses you provide and the types of alerts you select to receive as well as the frequency of actual emergencies. Emergency alerts will only be sent when there is an immediate threat to life and/or property. Community notifications will be sent when the criteria for sending an alert are met.
This system is not intended to bombard you with information. The City will only send you alerts about the information you select to receive. To change your alert settings, login to alerts.smart911.com and edit your preferences.
How does Gloucester Emergency Alerts powered by Smart911 system respond to busy signals or no-answer situations?
If a call completes and is sent to your answering machine or voice mail system, a message is left. If a phone call is not answered or busy, the system redials your number several times.
Privacy and Contact Information
Will my information be disclosed or shared?
No, your information is private and will not be used or distributed in any manner. The information that you provide is exempt from public disclosure and will be used for emergency purposes only.
What precautions are taken to protect personal contact information stored in the Gloucester Emergency Alerts powered by Smart911?
Personal information provided to Gloucester Emergency Alerts powered by Smart911 is private and only used to notify you for official Gloucester communications and to support the city’s emergency services. Your information is not used for marketing purposes and will not be sold to telemarketers or data-mining organizations. A variety of “opt-in” mechanisms are available to ensure you are getting just the messages you want to receive, delivered via the devices and communications modes that you choose. Gloucester Emergency Alerts powered by Smart911 utilizes the highest standards in physical and computer security technologies and conducts regular audits to ensure all information is kept secure. Privacy policies are also outlined in the Terms and Conditions you review when you sign up to receive Gloucester Emergency Alerts powered by Smart911 notifications.
THIS SATURDAY – Special Cape Ann Farmers Market Event!
Dig in: A Conversation About the Politics of Food
How much do you know about the food you eat?
Don’t miss our event this Saturday! Amazing vendors, delicious food, and an incredible panel on food activism!
Saturday July 1st 5-8 at the Cultural Center on Rocky Neck
as part of the Resist: The Art of Protest exhibition
Featuring: A Panel Discussion about Food Activism
Gloucester Writers Center
Will Allen – Organic farmer & author
Niaz Dorry – Executive Director of the Northwest Atlantic Marine Alliance (NAMA)
Carolyn Mugar – Executive Director of Farm Aid
Featured local vendors
Each vendor and nonprofit will be donating part of their profits to a nonprofit of their choice!
Black Earth Compost
Cape Ann Farmers Market
Dancing Goats Dairy
Iron Ox Farm
Michele Del Vecchio
Pastaio Via Corta
Salt Marsh Poultry
True Grit Farm
**Click on a vendor to learn more!**
More info here!
Next Generation Cape Ann – Meet Up
Want a new career? Call us!
Backyard Growers 1st Annual Incredible Edible Garden Tour
YOU WON’T FIND ANY MARBLE COLUMNS OR SPACIOUS GARDENS ON THIS GARDEN TOUR!