BOSTON — Stay safe and stay home: that was the message from Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick Monday morning as Hurricane Sandy approached the Bay State.
“The general public should stay home and off the roads, and let the emergency personnel do what they have to do,” Patrick said. “We’re prepared, but the strongest winds we won’t feel until about 10 a.m. [Monday] morning throughout the commonwealth, right through 10 p.m.”
Patrick said Massachusetts planned ahead for the storm.
“We have over 1,000 National Guard members out and fully deployed,” Patrick said. “The state police are also fully deployed and on high alert. We pre-positioned equipment and personnel in the key areas we’re most concerned about, on the south coast and the east coast, but also in the central and western part of the state as well. Federal assistance has come through and is at the ready. The president declared an emergency pre-landfall here in Massachusetts last night, so we have all the federal assistance at our disposal.”
Patrick said utilities were “very focused” ahead of storm-related outages. “They know they’re being watched.”