REPC Plans for March Nor’easter
Barnstable County Regional Emergency Planning Committee
Media Release 2014-04-002
March 25, 2014
For Immediate Release
REPC plans for March nor’easter:
BARNSTABLE – The Barnstable County Regional Emergency Planning Committee (BCREPC) held a conference call at 10 a.m. Tuesday, March 25, 2014, regarding the approaching winter storm.
Current forecasts indicate that the storm will arrive late Tuesday night and hit peak intensity overnight and into Wednesday morning. Given the predicted track of the storm, the outer Cape and Nantucket Island should expect the highest winds with gusts predicted to reach hurricane force.
This is a fast-moving system with the snow expected to end around noon on Wednesday morning after a predicted 10 to 12 inches on the outer Cape with lesser amounts westward. High winds, however, are expected to continue late into the day. After the storm, warmer temperatures are expected for the region. There could be pockets of coastal flooding on north- and east-facing coastlines during the morning tide.
The BCREPC plan of action is as follows:
- The Barnstable County Regional Shelter System will not be activated prior to the storm. On Wednesday morning, March 26, the BCREPC will assess the storm’s impact and make a decision on Regional Shelter System activation at that time.
- Regional Shelter System volunteer personnel are on standby and shelter equipment and supplies will be prestaged at shelter locations.
- The Barnstable County Multi-Agency Coordination Center (MACC) operated by the Barnstable County Incident Management Team will commence operations at 2 a.m. on March 26.
The BCREPC reminds citizens to be prepared for potential power outages and have food, water, medications and other supplies in sufficient quantity to last for at least three days. Citizens should have fresh batteries for radios and flashlights. For more information on preparedness visit the BCREPC website www.bcrepc.org/prepare/.
For information on the Regional Shelter System visit the BCREPC website www.bcrepc.org/sheltering.
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.
Contact: Kevin Morley