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Shelter Supply Update

Filed in General by on November 14, 2017
Shelter Supply Update

Over the last two months, AmeriCorps Members Conor Terry and Cynthia Slemmer have been taking a new influx of supplies to the shelters across Cape Cod. A new supply of walking assistance material (canes, walkers, and crutches) was provided to the Barnstable Regional Emergency Planning Committee through the Yarmouth Senior Center. Members Slemmer and Terry […]

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MEMA Issues Power Outage Safety Tips

Filed in General by on August 17, 2016
MEMA Issues Power Outage Safety Tips

Extended Loss of Power, During and After a Hurricane, Is a Real Possibility FRAMINGHAM, MA – Throughout this hurricane season the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) continues urges residents to prepare for the possible impacts of a hurricane or tropical storm. These storms can bring strong winds that cause widespread power outages. “As we have […]

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July Hurricane Climatology

Filed in General by on July 5, 2016
July Hurricane Climatology

As many folks know, the Atlantic Hurricane Season officially runs from June 1st to November 30th, with the climatological peak of the season coming later in August and into the month of September (the official “peak” of the season falls during the first 2 weeks of September – right around September 10th). As for the […]

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Near-normal Atlantic hurricane season is most likely this year

Filed in General by on May 31, 2016
Near-normal Atlantic hurricane season is most likely this year

May 27, 2016 – NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center says the 2016 Atlantic hurricane season, which runs from June 1 through November 30, will most likely be near-normal, but forecast uncertainty in the climate signals that influence the formation of Atlantic storms make predicting this season particularly difficult. NOAA predicts a 70 percent likelihood of 10 […]

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MBTA Passenger Rail Exercise

Filed in Announcements, General by on May 25, 2016
MBTA Passenger Rail Exercise

On Saturday, May 14th, 2016, the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) conducted an emergency evacuation drill by simulating a derailment of a passenger rail train. The drill was carried out at the Barnstable County Complex in Barnstable Village.

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Hurricane Preparedness Week

Filed in General, Preparedness by on May 16, 2016
Hurricane Preparedness Week

The week of May 15th – 21st 2016 is NOAA’s Hurricane Preparedness Week. Each day of the week, a new preparedness tip is emphasized and supported with useful planning tools and educational resources. The 7 focus areas are: Determine Your Risk, Develop an Evacuation Plan, Secure an Insurance Check-up, Assemble Disaster Supplies, Strengthen Your Home, […]

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New National Hurricane Center Product

Filed in General by on March 22, 2016
New National Hurricane Center Product

With the 2016 Atlantic Hurricane Season just around the corner, the National Hurricane Center recently announced the official implementation of the new Potential Storm Surge Flooding Map. The new flood map highlights a “worst-case scenario” surge / inundation for any given area during the approach of a tropical cyclone. What is storm surge? Along the […]

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All-Hazards NOAA Weather Radio

Filed in General by on March 10, 2016
All-Hazards NOAA Weather Radio

One of the best and most reliable sources of up-to-the-minute weather information is NOAA’s All-Hazard radio network. The system “is a nationwide network of radio stations broadcasting continuous weather information directly from the nearest National Weather Service office. NWR broadcasts official Weather Service warnings, watches, forecasts and other hazard information 24 hours a day, 7 […]

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Massachusetts Alerts: A free public safety alerting app

Filed in General by on March 4, 2016
Massachusetts Alerts: A free public safety alerting app

The Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) offers a great app for your smartphone or tablet. According to the MEMA website, the Massachusetts Alerts app allows you to “Receive emergency alerts and information based on your location, proximity to an event or incident, and the preferences you select. Users receive real-time information, including: Severe weather about […]

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Department of Homeland Security

Filed in General by on February 26, 2016
Department of Homeland Security

Most people recall the color-coded threat level alert system implemented by the Department of Homeland Security in the aftermath of September 11, 2001. The system was a 5-tiered, colored alert system ranging from “Low” to “Severe.” In 2011, the original system was replaced with the National Terrorism Advisory System (NTAS). According to the Department of Homeland […]

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