Barnstable County readies for next round of winter weather

Filed in Storm Press Releases by on February 12, 2017

The Barnstable County Regional Emergency Planning Committee (BCREPC) held a planning conference call at 6 p.m. Sunday, February 12, 2017, to review the latest forecast on the approaching winter storm.

STATUS: The BCREPC will activate the Multi-Agency Coordination Center (MACC) at 4 a.m. Monday. The BCREPC will continue to monitor forecasts and evaluate conditions throughout the duration of the storm. There will be no activation of the Regional Emergency Shelter System.

Travel is expected to be very dangerous during the day on Monday. The BCREPC urges citizens to stay off the roads and highways until crews have had a chance to clear them. Do not go near any downed wires or poles because they might be energized.

For information about preparedness and the Regional Shelter System visit the Barnstable County REPC website at www.bcrepc.org. Follow the BCREPC on Twitter @bcrepc.

Additional information on preparedness is available from the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) at www.mass.gov/mema or the FEMA website at www.ready.gov or call 2-1-1. For specific local information, citizens should contact the emergency management office in their town.

Barnstable County Multi-Agency Coordination Center (MACC)

The Barnstable County Multi-Agency Coordination Center (MACC) assists Cape Cod towns during regional emergencies. The MACC serves as a clearinghouse for regional resource requests and supports the regional emergency shelter system when it is activated.

When regional resources are unavailable or exhausted, the MACC elevates requests for assistance to the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA). The MACC coordinates with a number of agencies and organizations including town emergency operations centers, utility companies, healthcare facilities, regional transportation operations, the Massachusetts National Guard, the American Red Cross, the Cape Cod Citizen Corps Council, and other non-governmental organizations.

Barnstable County All Hazards Incident Management Team

The Barnstable County All Hazards Incident Management Team operates the MACC under the authority of the Barnstable County Regional Emergency Planning Committee. A component of the Barnstable County Regional Emergency Planning Committee, the Barnstable County All Hazards Incident Management Team is composed of volunteers from both the public and private sectors. The highly trained team follows FEMA Incident Command System (ICS) standards and operates within the framework of the National Incident Management System (NIMS).

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