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February nor’easter: plan of action established

BARNSTABLE – The Barnstable County Regional Emergency Planning Committee (BCREPC) held a conference call at 2 p.m. Friday, February 14, 2014, to discuss the upcoming winter weather event predicted to hit on Saturday afternoon, February 15.

The most recent forecasts indicate that the storm will arrive mid-day Saturday, hit peak intensity overnight and—because it is a fairly fast moving system—pull away from the area by Sunday morning.  The storm is expected to pack wet, heavy snow and moderate winds. Though significant, this storm bears no comparison to the February nor’easter of 2013.

The BCREPC is taking the following actions in regard to Regional Shelter System activation.

The volunteer shelter staff will be put on alert immediately.

On Saturday afternoon, February 15, another conference call will be held to review the latest information on the storm.

At this time, there are no plans to activate the shelter system prior to the storm.

A conference call will be held on Sunday morning, February 16, to assess the impact of the storm.

If necessary, the BCREPC is positioned to open the regional shelters on Sunday afternoon.

For information about preparedness and sheltering visit the Barnstable County REPC website at Follow the BCREPC on Twitter @bcrepc.

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