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***EASTERN MASSACHUSETTS ARES TO BE PLACED ON STAND-BY FOR POSSIBLE MOBILIZATION STARTING AT 8 PM ET SATURDAY LASTING THROUGH SUNDAY EVENING FOR MAJOR NOR’EASTER/BLIZZARD TO AFFECT PORTIONS OF THE EASTERN MASSACHUSETTS SECTION***
***SKYWARN ACTIVATION WITH OPS AT NWS TAUNTON WILL COMMENCE AT 6 PM ET THROUGH EARLY SUNDAY AFTERNOON***
With the impacts of a major nor’easter/blizzard clearly defined, we will be placing Eastern Massachusetts ARES in stand-by mode from 6 PM ET Saturday through Sunday Evening for the impact of this major nor’easter/blizzard to affect portions of the Eastern Massachusetts section. Blizzard and Winter Storm Warnings are in effect for the Eastern Massachusetts section. Please see the Blizzard Coordination Message posted at the link below:
The Massachusetts State Emergency Operation Center Headquarters in Framingham along with the Region 1 MEMA Tewksbury office will be in partial activation starting at 9 PM. Region Two MEMA office in Bridgewater will be active between 7-9 PM to monitor this major coastal storm. A Public Advisory on State EOC activation can be seen at the following link:
We will place the town of Bridgewater EOC as the Eastern Massachusetts ARES Incident Command Post on stand-by. We will, however, activate the Acushnet EOC sub-regional ARES command center due to the most significant impact of the storm being over South Coastal Massachusetts and Cape Cod and the Islands.
We’d like to have ARES personnel assist with SKYWARN reporting of snowfall, whiteout conditions, thunderstorms with heavy snow as well as any wind damage and power outages. Keep your situational awareness level high for any updates from ARES leadership by checking your email for updates and our ares web site at http://ares.ema.arrl.org, monitoring local SKYWARN/ARES/RACES frequencies and reporting into the nets and monitor local media on this potentially significant storm.
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.
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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