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***EASTERN MASSACHUSETTS ARES TO GO ON STAND-BY FOR ALL AREAS BEGINNING AT 5 PM EDT SUNDAY AFTERNOON DECEMBER 26TH 2010 THROUGH MONDAY EVENING DECEMBER 27TH 2010 DUE TO THE POSSIBILITY OF MOBILIZATION DUE TO THE EFFECTS OF THE MAJOR WINTER STORM/BLIZZARD TO THE EASTERN MASSACHUSETTS SECTION.***
***SKYWARN ACTIVATION WITH OPS AT NWS TAUNTON WILL COMMENCE NO LATER THAN 3 PM SUNDAY AFTERNOON AND LAST THROUGH THE OVERNIGHT HOURS AND INTO MONDAY EVENING**
A major winter storm/nor’easter will likely pound the Eastern Massachusetts Section with heavy snow, blizzard conditions, damaging winds and the threat for a widespread moderate to isolated pockets of severe coastal flooding event over the area. A Blizzard Warning is in effect for the entire section except for Cape Cod and the Islands from Noon Sunday to 6 PM Monday for 15-20” of snow with isolated 24” amounts and winds sustained at 30-40 MPH with higher gusts to 60 MPH likely and even higher wind gusts possible.. A Winter Storm Watch is in effect for Cape Cod and Martha’s Vineyard for Sunday Afternoon into Monday Afternoon for 6” or more of snow though rain could mix in at these locations. A Coastal Flood Watch is in effect for East Coastal Massachusetts, Cape Cod and Nantucket Island late Sunday Night through Monday Afternoon. Below is the latest Blizzard Coordination Message with greater details on the storm scenario.
We’d like to have ARES personnel assist with SKYWARN reporting of measured snowfall, any changeover in precipitation in extreme Southeast Massachusetts, wind damage reports and coastal flood reports and by providing damage/flood pictures where possible. Some of the most severe impact will happen overnight so overnight reporting would also be very helpful. 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 Thursday December 30th, 2010. We are creating a list of availability for ARESMAT deployment if needed for various local EOC’s, Red Cross, Salvation Army and hospitals as required.
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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