SNOW STORM TO HIT WILMINGTON: Town Offices Closed, Trash & Recycling Delayed, Safety Tips From Fire Department & RMLD

Town Hall, Library, Senior Center & Veterans Services Office Closed

Town Officers will be closed on Friday, February 22, 2022, including the Town Hall, Library, Senior Center, and Veterans Services Office.

February 25, 2022 is the last day to register to vote in the Special Town Meeting occurring on March 8, 2022 at 7PM at the Shriners Auditorium. The Police Station will be accepting voter registration from 9:00AM to 8PM on behalf of the Town Clerk’s Office. If you would like to register online, click HERE.

No Residential Curbside Trash Or Recycling Collection

There will be NO residential curbside trash and recycling collection on Friday, February 22, 2022. Because this is already a delayed pickup holiday week, Thursday’s collection will occur on Saturday and Friday’s collection will be started on Saturday as well. The remaining portion of Friday’s route that cannot be picked up before the end of the day on Saturday will be collected Monday. Please make sure to have your trash out Saturday morning by 6:30am and leave it out until it is picked up.

Additional information can be found at https://www.wilmingtonma.gov/trash-recycling.

If you have any questions, please call the DPW office at 978-658-4481.

Winter Storm Safety Tips From The Fire Department

Another winter storm is on the way. Make sure your home is prepared!

  • Working smoke alarms are especially important during a loss of power when people may use alternate forms of heating equipment and portable generators.
  • Install and test carbon monoxide alarms at least once a month.
  • Never use candles for emergency lighting. Many things in your home can catch fire if they are too close to a candle’s flame.
  • Use flashlights for emergency lighting and stock up on batteries.
  • Portable generators are useful during storms, but if not used safely, they can cause injury and death. Keep portable generators outside, away from windows, and as far away as possible from your home.

Storm Guide From RMLD

Before a Storm – Be Prepared

  • Make an emergency kit. CLICK HERE for MEMA’s Emergency Kit Checklist.
  • Have plenty of non-perishable food, drinking water, and pet food on hand.
  • Have first aid supplies and prescriptions on hand.
  • Have flashlights, spare batteries, candles, and matches available.
  • Fill your car’s gas tank in case pumps aren’t working.
  • Charge your cell phone, tablet, and laptop to full capacity.
  • If your water supply could be affected by a power outage, fill your bathtub with water to flush toilets. DO NOT use this water for drinking.
  • Turn your refrigerator/freezer up to the coldest setting to keep food cold if the power goes out. Remember to reset to normal once power is restored.
  • If you have a generator, make sure you know how to safely use it and that you have a sufficient amount of gasoline on hand. NEVER install or run a generator inside.
  • Find out if your town intends to open shelters and where they will be located.
  • Be prepared with books, puzzles, cards, and board games to keep the family entertained.

During a Storm – Be Informed

Where to Find Outage Information:

  • Area outages and, if possible, estimated time of restoration (ETR) will be tweeted. Follow us on Twitter at @readinglight. Our twitter feed is also streaming on our website.
  • COMING SOON: RMLD’s Customer Notification System will send outage and other types of alerts to enrolled customers via text, phone, and/or email. Customers may enroll to receive these future notifications now. CLICK HERE to learn more and sign up.

If you lose power:

  • Minimize opening and closing your refrigerator/freezer as much as possible to keep the cool air inside. During cold weather, you can put food in a sealed container (to prevent animal access) and put the container outside to keep food from spoiling. Only do this if it’s safe to go outdoors.
  • Unplug your electrical devices (TV, DVD player, microwave, computer, stereo, etc.) that are not plugged into surge protectors. When power is restored, wait a few minutes to plug devices back in.
  • Follow the safety instructions of local authorities.

Downed power lines:

  • Report downed power lines to RMLD or local emergency personnel immediately.
  • Always keep your distance and never drive over downed power lines.
  • Do not touch anything that may be in contact with downed power lines such as trees, fences, guardrails, etc.

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