Eastern Massachusetts ARES Stand-By Status Secured at 830 PM ET Monday April 5th, 2010

Hello to all..

Eastern Massachusetts ARES Stand-By status is now secured at 830 PM ET Monday April 5th, 2010. It is noted that a request for Ham support has been made for the state of Rhode Island by Rhode Island Red Cross per a note from K1NPT-Mike Cullen posted to the mras_general email list. If any Eastern Massachusetts ARES Amateurs deploy to Rhode Island to support Red Cross Amateur Radio needs, please notify your ARES EC/DEC if you support that effort. No requests for support are currently expected in Eastern Massachusetts based on latest contact with served agencies.

The recent March 28th-30th storm dumped another widespread 3-6″ of rain with a maxima of rain of 5-10″ with isolated higher amounts over portions of Southeast Massachusetts and Rhode Island. The heavy rains of the coastal storm coupled with the March 13th-15th storm and the storm from March 23rd, 2010 resulted in a major to historic flood episode in Southeast Massachusetts and Rhode Island with a moderate flood episode in Northeast Massachusetts. Northeast Massachusetts was hit harder from the March 13th-15th storm then the March 28th-30th storm. Many Amateur Radio Operators from across the region along with non-Ham SKYWARN Spotters provided pictures and reports of the flooding and rainfall that was used not only by the National Weather Service in Taunton Massachusetts but Massachusetts Emergency Management and the Federal Emergency Management Agency. The flood pictures, reports and rainfall reports were also forwarded to local media outlets. Monthly rainfall across Eastern Massachusetts and Rhode Island was between 10-20″.

We wish everyone the best of luck in recovery efforts for all those affected and thank all Amateur Radio Operators who supported this incident for local/town Emergency Management, SKYWARN/NWS and other served agencies. Thanks to all for their continued support for Eastern Massachusetts ARES!

Respectfully Submitted,

Robert Macedo (KD1CY)
ARES SKYWARN Coordinator
Eastern Massachusetts ARES Section Emergency Coordinator
Home Phone #: (508) 994-1875 (After 6 PM)
Home/Data #: (508) 997-4503 (After 6 PM)
Work Phone #: 508-346-2929 (8 AM-5 PM)
Email Address: rmacedo@rcn.com

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