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State Fire Marshal Warns of Building Collapse
State Fire Marshal J. William Degnan announced today that with the recent snow and wind, there is a greater urgency to clear roofs of excessive snow and ice that has accumulated. A roof may collapse with little or no warning, and one common misconception is that only flat roofs are susceptible to collapse.
When should the snow be cleared from my roof?
The depth and weight of snow varies greatly from one area of the state to another. Roofs are designed to carry the normal snow load for a specific location as specified in the State Building Code (http://www.senh.org/wp-content/uploads/2010/12/tr02-6.pdf). The design load is having the snow spread out equally across the roof. The recent snowfall in combination with high winds may cause snow on one side of the roof to be clear and the other side to have a large drift which causes an imbalanced load on the roof making it more susceptible to collapse. Also, bear in mind taking all the snow off one side, but not off the other, will have the same effect. The rule of thumb is that condensed saturated snow weights about 20 pounds per cubic foot. What is the design capacity of your roof structure?
While it is still early in the season, there is no better time than now to make the assessment so you can plan to protect your property. If you are not sure on the capacity of your roof, consult with a structural engineer to review the design of your roof structure. If at any time you think your roof may have been compromised, consult with a reputable builder and your local building or fire official.
The State Fire Marshal urges all citizens to do the following:
The State of New Hampshire provides this information in order for property owners to make an informed decision as to when they should consider removing snow from a roof. An individual property owner should always consider all of the associated dangers in determining their best course of action.
Specific fire and building safety questions can be answered by local fire and building officials or by contacting the State Fire Marshal’s Office at 603-223-4289.
CONCORD, N.H. – State Homeland Security and Emergency Management Director Perry Plummer urges residents to be patient but persistent with their service providers as extremely cold weather drives demand for fuel deliveries.
“If you are in need of fuel, call your service provider,” Plummer said. “With high call volumes, wait times can be 10 minutes or longer. Be patient and stay on the call. Fuel is available and service providers are making deliveries as quickly as possible. Fuel delivery restrictions have been eased across the region so that drivers can deliver for longer shifts. That said, driver safety is also a priority. Drivers need enough time to rest between shifts so they can safely make deliveries.”
“If you do not get the assistance you are seeking from your service provider and you are using oil, call the other providers in your area,” Plummer said. “Usually, a service provider will not provide propane to a customer using a different provider’s propane tanks. If your situation becomes urgent, and you are in danger of running out of fuel before morning, call 2-1-1. Importantly, most fuel providers charge a fee if they are called out for an emergency delivery while the customer still has fuel.”
“If you need to get warm, call 2-1-1 for the most current information about the closest warming center,” Plummer said. “With extremely cold weather expected to continue, it is important for each of us to take the proper precautionary steps to protect ourselves, our homes and to check on our neighbors.”
State Homeland Security Director Perry Plummer offered the following recommendations:
• If you need fuel:
o Call your local provider and stay on the line. With high call volume, wait times may exceed 10 minutes.
o If your service provider is unavailable and you are using oil, call other service providers in your area.
o If your situation becomes urgent and you have exhausted all other means, call 2-1-1 for shelter and warming center information.
• A warming center list is available at ReadyNH.gov
• 2-1-1 can provide the most up-to-date information regarding warming centers.
o The Fire Marshal urges everyone to only use approved heating sources in the home and to follow manufacturer instructions:
• If you are using space heaters, use them according to manufacturer instructions.
• Electrical space heaters should be plugged directly into an outlet and kept three feet away from combustibles, e.g., curtains, etc.
• Never use a salamander type portable heater because they give off large amounts of carbon monoxide and are not safe for indoor use.
• Use caution when thawing pipes with a device such as a hairdryer and only use such devices while you are present.
• If you have heat, consider doing the following:
o Keep your heat at the normal temperature. If for some reason, your heat is interrupted, or you lose power, the residual heat in your home will delay potential discomfort and a possibly dangerous situation from developing while help arrives.
o Set up automatic fuel deliveries from your service provider for the remainder of the winter because households receiving automatic deliveries receive services first.
o Book your fuel deliveries now as providers are booking weeks in advance.
New Hampshire Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management coordinates the State’s response to natural and human-caused disasters. NH HSEM also provides planning and training in preparation for possible terrorist attacks. For additional information about NH HSEM, go tohttp://www.nh.gov/safety/divisions/hsem. Follow NH HSEM updates on Twitter at https://twitter.com/NH_HSEM and Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/NH.HSEM. Also, sign up for the free NH Alerts service and download the free NH Alerts mobile app to receive location-specific emergency information via your landline, mobile and smartphones, including severe weather alerts from the National Weather Service and emergency information from NH HSEM. To learn more about the free NH Alerts service and to download the freeNH Alerts app, visit: www.readynh.gov.
FRIENDS OF MASCOMA
Happy New Year to you,
Our Food Insecurity Program is just one way Friends of Mascoma Foundation strives to strengthen our five town school district by providing more educational and community support opportunities. We are currently looking forward to our 2018 scholarship applicants from Mascoma Valley Regional High School. Last year we were able to award 13 students with $14, 500 worth of scholarships. We had a very successful NH GIVES Fundraiser that raised funds for our next round of scholarships thanks to great donor support from our community and afar!
We have an active mini-grant program that is available to all of our MVRSD staff. We were thrilled to help sponsor Peter Pan at the MVRHS, have the entire IRS fifth grade receive, read, and meet through Skype, a famous children's author, Bill Doyle- to name just a few examples of providing enrichment opportunities. We try our best to procure grants that made the Summer Garden Science Project happen at the MVRHS.
This last year saw an expansion of our Food Insecurity program. We have expanded into a bigger space in Canaan thanks to the generosity of Matt and Bekki Dow of MTD Property Maintenance and Construction. We now have a super pantry with lots of onsite refrigeration and a big garage bay that now serves as a fantastic distribution site. We even have our own forklift, thanks to a generous donor. We have seen
so much support this year through food drives, monetary donations and partnerships! Did you know Willing Hands delivers produce to us every Monday? Volunteers travel to the NH Food Bank every Tuesday and bring perishables and non-perishables. Did you know a behind the scenes crew sorts the food to go to Enfield, Canaan and the MVRHS Food Pantry. Our van then delivers to the High School Pantry and then on to Shaw's Supermarket in West Lebanon to pick up from their Fresh Rescue Program. Our Tuesdays are busy.
Then on Wednesdays, volunteers pick up Fresh Rescue at Pricechoppers. We have a new partnership with Cardigan School this year and volunteer students come most Sunday mornings and also do behind the scenes food preparations---and had a fund raiser for us also!
With growth and expansion, some things change: Our Canaan Pantry has become super busy since we moved into our bigger space this summer. Our Enfield Pantry remains very busy during certain hours, so moving forward in 2018 new hours will be:
Statistics for 2017: Canaan visits: 1280 (the last two months our evening visits have increased A LOT)
Enfield visits: 1010 (The last two months after 5:30, we have only (0-5 visitors)
Total visits: 2290 Households visited us.
NEW PANTRY HOURS STARTING JANUARY 24
CANAAN: WEDNESDAYS: 2:30-6:30 PM
NFIELD: THURSDAYS: 3:00-5:30 PM
Want to volunteer? We have many volunteer opportunities.
Thank you donors, volunteers, supporters and partners.
We look forward to an exciting 2018!
Want to donate: go to www.friendsofmascoma.org/donate
on behalf of Friends of Mascoma Foundation
Good Afternoon -
The Enfield Energy Committee has partnered with local organizations and businesses to collect hard to recycle waste for recycling through TerraCycle (www.terracycle.com). Below is a list of the locations and waste types being collected.
Community Lutheran Church / Mascoma Cooperative Preschool
Members of CLC, people attending functions at CLC, and families of MCP have the opportunity to recycle the items below:
Energy Emporium is providing the opportunity recycle light e-waste in town. Energy Emporium has placed a TerraCycle box outside on their back porch where the following items may be placed:
Once the box is full it will be shipped back to TerraCycle where the items will be recycled. Thank you to Energy Emporium for helping Enfield residents recycle e-waste and save energy!
Enfield House of Pizza
EHOP spends several hours a couple times a year collecting cigarette butts from the parking lot. Instead of these cigarette butts going into the trash, they will be recycled through TerraCycle in the future. EHOP will not be collecting cigarette butts from the general public and we encourage smokers to dispose of their cigarette butts responsibly in the provided receptacles instead of on the ground. The Enfield Energy Committee wants to thank them for their commitment to sustainability for recycling cigarette butts.
Little Folks Daycare
Families using Little Folks Daycare have the opportunity to recycle the items below:
Holly West on behalf of the Enfield Energy Committee
Lost & Found
If you've left something behind at the Enfield Community Building please check with the Town Manager's Office as the item may have been turned into our office. Items that remain unclaimed for an extended period of time will be disposed of as appropriate.
If you find something left behind at the Enfield Community Building please bring it to the Town Manager's Office.
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