Hello to all..
..EASTERN MASSACHUSETTS ARES STAND-BY LIFTED AS OF 330 PM TUESDAY AUGUST 30TH 2011
AS THE AREA CONTINUES TO RECOVER FROM THE IMPACT OF HURRICANE IRENE..
Hurricane Irene caused widespread pockets of tree and wire damage across the
region. Irene knocked out power to over 600,000 residents in Massachusetts.
Those numbers as of this message wirting was down to approximately 215,000
people. Eastern Massachusetts ARES supported the following activities as
Irene impacted the region:
-ARES Support of NWS Taunton SKYWARN Operations and reportds from SKYWARN
Nets from across the entire NWS Taunton County Warning Area
-ARES support of the city of Boston and town of Carver EOCs
-ARES Support of Red Cross Regional Shelters that were established
-Support and communications to the FEMA Region 1 Federal Response Center
-Cape Cod ARES supported 7 shelters, Red Cross EOC Staffing, staffing at
the Mutual Aid Coordination Center (MACC) and Nantucket ARES supported a
shelter and primary and backup EOC communication.
-CAARA (Cape Ann Amateur Radio Association) supported the Gloucester EOC with three net control operators and one operator to Addison Gilbert Hospital, (part of the Northeast Health System).
-An ARESMAT was nearly required for Franklin County Massachusetts and
Western Massachusetts ARES. Several Amateurs were nearly deployed to support
issues caused by severe flooding in Franklin County Massachusetts but the
needs were covered in Western Massachusetts and those operations were
completed by Monday Evening August 29th.
The National Weather Service in Taunton has posted their Local Storm Report
and Public Information Statement on wind meassurements, river, stream, urban
and storm surge flooding reports as well as rainfall and measured wind
gust information. This information can be seen in their reports via the
following links embedded into the Post Hurricane Irene Coordination
NWS Taunton Local Storm Report Link:
NWS Taunton Public Information Statement link:
A Hurricane Irene Post Tropical Cyclone Report will likely follow in the
coming days or weeks. This will be covered under a Post Hurricane Irene
Coordination Message that will be posted on the WX1BOX, NWS Taunton
Amateur Radio Station Home Page via the following link:
A great thank you to all the Amateur Radio SKYWARN Spotters, non-Amateur
Radio SKYWARN Spotters and Amateur Radio Emergency Services (ARES) members
for their support in Hurricane Irene. The efforts made by
everyone helped save lives and is greatly appreciated by the National
Weather Service, American Red Cross, and local, state and
federal emergency management.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org