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Public Information Statement
National Weather Service Taunton MA
1032 AM EDT Fri Jul 21 2017

...Hurricane Preparedness Week in Southern New England...
...Rules of Thumb for Southern New England Hurricanes - Part 5...

The National Weather Service has declared this week as hurricane
Preparedness week in southern New England. The following is the
last in a series of five statements.

This leads to the second threat from the storm tide, inundation.
The storm tide can arrive several hours ahead of the tropical
cyclone eye, potentially resulting in the closure of evacuation
routes for an area. Even if the decision to leave is made, it
may no longer be possible to do so. Do not wait to leave if
asked to evacuate.

The same can be said for heavy rainfall farther inland, as
rivers, streams and creeks respond quickly. Tropical systems in
southern New England typically can produce 6-8 inches of rain in
a 24 hour period, and sometimes much more.

Most recently on 28 August 2011 Tropical Storm Irene brought 6 to
10 inches of rain along the east slopes of the Berkshires in
Massachusetts as well as central and western portions of Hartford
county Connecticut. In those areas stream and river flooding
ranged from significant to locally catastrophic. Several river
gages maintained by the United States Geological Survey set new

Irene brought major flooding across portions of northwest
Massachusetts. There were numerous evacuations and a number of
homes that were flooded and others condemned. One building in
Shelburne Falls was moved a distance downstream of its
foundation. Another home was reported to have been washed away in
Leyden along the Green River. Multiple major routes and highways
were affected as well as large swaths of farmland.

Irene was a strong reminder that impacts from tropical storms and
hurricanes are not limited to the coastline. These systems
contain copious amounts of moisture that can be transported far
inland, creating devastating flooding if the conditions are
favorable for prolonged torrential rains.

Whether from inland flooding or storm surge, the goal of
evacuation is to move from a not so safe area, to a safer area.
This does not necessarily mean evacuees must travel hundreds of
miles. In fact the shortest travel distance to a safe location is
best since it reduces traffic congestion and minimizes the chance
of encountering other problems on the roadways. Also remember it
will often take more time to reach your destination.

Staying with family or friends, or even at a hotel, outside the
area to be impacted by a tropical system is ideal. Another good
idea is to establish a common contact outside the impacted area
where family and friends can check in, and let other family and
friends know they are safe.

When evacuating, it is best to use the routes designated by
authorities. These routes are often more closely monitored, and
assistance can be provided more quickly. You can find evacuation
routes for your area by contacting local emergency management

If you have pets, definitely call ahead to your chosen
destination. Most public shelters do not accept pets. If a public
shelter does accept pets, they must be either on leash or in a
cage or box. Do not forget to bring pet food, most shelters do
not provide it.

Consider acquiring flood insurance, which is not a part of
regular homeowners insurance.

The last rule of thumb for New England hurricanes is this, be
prepared to be self sufficient for at least three days up to one
week. This means having enough food, water and medicines for all
members of your family. If you have pets, do not forget their
needs as well.

A hurricane strike in southern New England will disrupt normal
activities. There is the possibility for many roads to be closed
due to flooding, fallen trees or debris. Until the water
recedes, or the debris removed, it may not be possible to
travel. That means no trips to the grocery or convenience
store, or restaurants for food or drink. This also means
emergency services, such as police, fire and ambulance, may
also be interrupted.

Electric and telephone services may be unavailable for days,
including cellular phones. Prior to the start of hurricane
season, it is a good idea to establish a common contact well
away from the east or south coasts. As the storm approaches,
you can contact that person to inform them that you have moved
to a safe shelter. Family and friends should know to contact
that person to find out about your well-being.

Putting together a disaster preparedness kit can be very
expensive if done all at once. Try building your kit slowly, by
purchasing one or two items per week.

A basic kit should contain at least,

* One gallon of water per person per day for drinking and
* Non-perishable food and a manual can opener
* Battery powered or hand crank radio and a NOAA All-Hazards
  weather radio - include extra batteries for each
* Flashlights or lamps - include extra batteries
* First aid kit
* Extra glasses and any medicines
* A whistle to signal for help
* A wrench or pliers to turn off utilities
* Moist towelettes, garbage bags and plastic ties for sanitation
* Local maps

Do not use candles or an open flame as a source of light after a
major storm. Fire services will likely be disrupted, and a small
fire could get out of hand quickly. If there happens to be a
natural gas leak nearby or some kind of fuel in flood waters, a
bad situation could be made much worse.

Stay away from downed power lines. There is no advance notice
when power could return to the lines. Or, someone on the street
could have hooked up their portable generator improperly.

For more suggestions on what should go into a disaster kit,
please visit
You could Also visit the website of your states emergency
management agency or office of public safety.

For more information concerning evacuation plans for hurricanes,
please visit the website of your states emergency management
agency or office of public safety. Other sources would be local
emergency management officials and FEMA.


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