Climate and Flooding (because flood waters carry contaminants)
Climate Adaptation Resources
Heat Map Resource - Westfield's GIS mapper can add a Heat Mapping layer.
Go here, click on the Layers icon, click on the Add Data tab, Type Heat in the search bar, and choose the heat mapping layer you want to add to the City's GIS map.
Heat Related Information
Cleveland Clinic: Heat Exhaustion vs Heat Stroke
There are two basic cooling methods: Conduction and Evaporation
Both methods require removing external clothing first.
Conduction involves immersion in cool water or the application of towels / sheets that have been soaked in cool water.
Evaporation (mist + fan) involves wetting exposed skin and moving air across it to cause evaporative cooling.
Cooling Center Info for Westfield
In August 2022, Westfield used the Tech Academy at 33 Smith Avenue as a cooling center.
When cooling centers are opened in Westfield, they are announced on the Civic Alerts page.
Flood Maps and Resources
Databases and Tools
State & Local Pollution Resources
Search in the Chap 21E Waste Site Cleanup Files
MassDEP Drinking Water Data for Public Water Suppliers (PWS) - (You can look up your municipal water test results here.)
In the Venn diagram of PFAS work (science, environmental, and advocacy), we have met many interesting people doing many interesting things. Many are listed here, in alphabetical order, for you to connect with.
If you notice a group's name is missing, please reach out and let us know!
Clean Cape Fear (NC)
The Ecology Center (MI)
The Field Fund (MA)
Fight For Zero (FL)
Massachusetts Pesticide Analysis Laboratory (MPAL) (MA)
National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (US) - the "Supreme Court of Science"
Need Our Water (NOW) (MI)
Testing For Pease (NH)
Toxic-Free Future (US)
Movies and Videos
Movies About PFAS Contamination and Exposure
Burned: Protecting the Protectors - 2023 documentary about the PFAS in fire fighter turnout gear
No Defense - 2020 documentary about the PFAS contamination from the former Wurtsmith Air Base in Oscoda, Michigan
Dark Waters - 2019 dramatization of the story of Rob Billott, the lawyer who took on DuPont in the contamination documented in The Devil We Know
Bad Water. Small Town. Deaf Ears. Everything You Need to Know About PFAS, But Don't Know How to Ask - 2019 documentary about the PFAS contamination in two small towns with the same corporate polluter, Saint Gobain Performance Plastics
The Devil We Know - 2018 documentary about the PFOA contamination in West Virginia and corporate polluter, DuPont
Movies About the Flood of 1955 in Westfield
Five Feet and Rising - 2005 documentary about the Flood of 1955, produced by the Westfield River Watershed Association (WRWA) and Hayward Communications, and premiered to an audience of 175 people as part of the Westfield River Symposium on April 2, 2005 at Westfield State College.
Home video Flood of '55 by @Chadhalloutdoors