♦ Emergency Preparedness

In the event of a medical emergency, fire, safety issue or downed power lines ALWAYS call 911
Fire, State Police and Ambulance emergency calls are dispatched through the 911 system

Non-Emergency Sheriff situations call (802) 334-3333

Non-Emergency Game Warden situations call the State Police (802) 334-8881

Area Hospitals:
North Country Hospital ♦ Newport, VT ♦ (802) 334-7331
Copley Hospital ♦ Morrisville, VT ♦ (802) 888-8888
UVM Medical Center ♦ Burlington, VT ♦ (802) 847-0000
Dartmouth-Hitchcock  ♦ Lebanon, NH ♦ (603) 650-5000

A few years ago the Selectboard felt it was important to have an emergency management team made up of local volunteers to be called upon in the event of a local emergency or extended power outage in Town.  During its inception Phil Gonyaw served as the Chairman of this group and coordinated with the Red Cross to facilitate the necessary training for the Westfield Community Center to become a Red Cross Emergency Shelter.  With the sad passing of our friend Phil, the Selectboard appointed Dennis Neumann and Dan Backus to co-chair this group.

The group has continued to grow and the Westfield Disaster Shelter Initiative (DSI) currently has seventeen volunteer members. The team held two organizational meetings and conducted its required annual drill in 2014. They are adequately staffed and prepared to open the Community Center to shelter Westfield residents in the event of an emergency.  At the 2014 Town meeting residents voted to purchase a generator for the Community Center. With the installation of a generator, the Shelter can now operate during power outages. The Town Office also has a generator and would serve as the Command Center in an emergency.

Should a town resident need shelter services, contact the Town Office at (802) 744-2484 or one of the following individuals. In the event of an emergency the Selectboard would activate the Shelter.

Selectboard Chair Yves Daigle (802) 744-2247
SelectmanRichard Degre (802) 744-2427
Selectman Jacques Couture (802) 744-2733
Town Clerk LaDonna Dunn (802) 673-9001
DSI Chair Dennis Neumann (802) 744-6128

Family Emergency Preparedness

The DSI Team recommends that each family have a personal plan for disaster or emergency situations.  A minimum plan would include water, flashlights with spare batteries, portable storage for important documents, an evacuation plan, and a meeting place or contact person in the event family members become separated or are not together when the emergency conditions arise.

There are Emergency Preparedness Workbooks available at the Town Offices.  These booklets contain a wealth of information to help prepare and protect families in the event of an emergency.  Stop by the office Monday-Thursday 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. to pick up a booklet. Follow the steps pertinent to your family and keep it handy along with supplies recommended in the booklet.

Here are some other helpful online resources from the State of Vermont Division of Emergency Management and Homeland Security:

For up-to-date weather information visit the National Weather Service webpage at www.weather.gov.

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