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**UPDATED FOR SKYWARN ACTIVATION TIMEFRAME AND WEATHER RELATED UPDATES INCLUDING UPDATED COORDINATION MESSAGE. ALSO, GOVERNOR DEVAL PATRICK HAS DECLARED A STATE OF EMERGENCY TO MOBILIZE NATIONAL GUARD FOR SUPPORT IF REQUIRED FOR THE HURRICANE WARNING AREA**
***EASTERN MASSACHUSETTS ARES TO GO ON STAND-BY FOR ALL AREAS BEGINNING AT 7 AM EDT FRIDAY MORNING SEPTEMBER 3RD THROUGH SATURDAY EVENING SEPTEMBER 4TH 2010 DUE TO THE POSSIBILITY OF MOBILIZATION DUE TO THE EFFECTS OF HURRICANE EARL. GREATEST IMPACT TO BE FELT IN SOUTHEAST MASSACHUSETTS, PARTICULARLY CAPE COD AND THE ISLANDS***
***SKYWARN ACTIVATION WITH OPS AT NWS TAUNTON WILL COMMENCE AT 1 PM FRIDAY AFTERNOON AND LAST THROUGH THE OVERNIGHT HOURS AND INTO SATURDAY MORNING**
***MASSACHUSETTS STATE EOC AND REGIONAL OFFICE RACES TO ACTIVATE AT 7 AM EDT FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 3RD, 2010 FOR HURRICANE EARL**
Hurricane Earl is projected to track over or just southeast of Nantucket Island. Hurricane Earl is a large hurricane and Earl will likely bring hurricane force conditions to Nantucket Island in particular but also Outer Cape Cod potentially. Sustained tropical storm force winds with hurricane force gusts are possible over the remainder of Cape Cod and Souteast Coastal Massachusetts from Plymouth to Westport. The potential also exists for a further west track bringing stronger winds further inland and along the coast and will need to be monitored closely. 2-4″ of rainfall with isolated higher amounts are expected in Southeast New England with 1-3″ with isolated higher amounts are possible north and west of a Boston/Providence line. Complete details can be seen in the Hurricane Earl Coordination Message link listed below:
We’d like to have ARES personnel assist with SKYWARN reporting of any river, stream, urban flooding, wind damage and measured rainfall/wind/barometric pressure data and by providing damage/flood pictures where possible. 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.
If you have not already done so, please advise your local EC/DEC/ADEC of your availability to support a potential deployment anytime from now through Monday September 6th. We are creating a list of availability for ARESMAT deployment if needed. The greatest area for potential activation is Cape Cod and the Islands in the form of an ARESMAT for that area.
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
Home Phone #: (508) 994-1875 (After 6 PM)
Home/Data #: (508) 997-4503 (After 6 PM)
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