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***EASTERN MASSACHUSETTS ARES TO BE PLACED ON STAND-BY FOR POSSIBLE MOBILIZATION STARTING AT 6 AM ET SATURDAY LASTING THROUGH 12 AM ET SUNDAY FOR IMPACTS OF TROPICAL STORM DANNY AND FRONTAL SYSTEM INTERACTION ALONG WITH THE SENATOR EDWARD KENNEDY FUNERAL PROCEEDINGS IN BOSTON FOR SATURDAY MORNING***
***SKYWARN ACTIVATION WITH OPS AT NWS TAUNTON WILL COMMENCE AT 5 AM ET THROUGH LATE SATURDAY EVENING/EARLY SUNDAY MORNING***
With the impacts of Tropical Storm Danny and his interaction with a frontal system potentially bringing 3-6” of rainfall and the potential for strong to damaging winds near and just inland from the coast coupled with the fact that there are a significant amount of dignitaries present for the Senator Kennedy Funeral, Eastern Massachusetts ARES will be placed on stand-by to cover the storm and potential flooding and damaging wind issues as well as any exigencies with the Senator Kennedy funeral.
While the intensity and track of Tropical Storm Danny is uncertain, there remains the potential for flooding rains and strong to damaging winds as Danny interacts with a couple other approaching storm systems. There is the potential for a strong hybrid system to bring 3-6” of rain and strong winds of 50-60 MPH on Cape Cod and the Islands and 40-50 MPH along East and South Coastal Massachusetts. While this would normally be handled simply as a SKYWARN Activation, there is an outside chance of something stronger and that needs to be watched. This coupled with the fact that we have a large number of dignitaries in the Metro Boston area for the Senator Kennedy funeral means we should be alert for any issues that could occur with the storm or the funeral or a combination of both events.
We will activate the town of Bridgewater EOC as the Eastern Massachusetts ARES Incident Command Post. We will also activate the Acushnet EOC over the course of the day Saturday to assist with storm reporting and monitoring any other exigencies pertaining to the Kennedy funeral.
We’d like to have ARES personnel assist with SKYWARN reporting of flooding of rivers, streams and urban areas as well as any wind damage. Keep your situational awareness level high from any updates from ARES leadership by checking your email for updates and our ares web site at http://ares.ema.arrl.org and monitor local media on the funeral for Senator Kennedy.
What is ARES Stand-By mode?
ARES stand-by mode is to alert Amateurs within ARES that a mobilization is possible on a wide-scale and that some localized mobilizations are or could be taking place in isolated areas. It means to take a look at your Go-Kit and have batteries and equipment ready to go and charged up and take care of any requirements at home in case a mobilization is required and you can participate. Do NOT self-deploy. Wait for guidance from leadership for any deployment. It is an honor to be ready even if you don’t deploy for the event. Hopefully, this is just another exercise of our preparedness and capabilities. If not, the ARES leadership looks forward to working with you if any wide scale mobilization is required after the impact of this major storm to the region or an issue arises at the Kennedy funeral.
Thanks for your continued support of Eastern Massachusetts ARES!
Robert Macedo (KD1CY)
ARES SKYWARN Coordinator
Eastern Massachusetts ARES Section Emergency Coordinator
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