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Norwell urges residents to prepare for the worst

In a sign of the turbulent times, health and safety officials in tiny Norwell are urging residents to have a plan in place to protect their homes and businesses against sudden disaster.

The topic of unexpected calamity is of growing interest in Massachusetts: Governor Deval Patrick has repeatedly warned citizens to be prepared to deal with a variety of situations, including floods, blizzards, hurricanes, tornadoes, earthquakes, hazardous material events, nuclear power accidents, utility emergencies, dam failures, water supply problems, and civil disorder. Patrick even declared September “Emergency Preparedness Month” as part of a national and statewide efforts to educate citizens.

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