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***EASTERN MASSACHUSETTS ARES STANDBY LIFTED AS POWER IS RESTORED TO MUCH OF EASTERN MASSACHUSETTS AND RESTORATION CONTINUES IN WESTERN AND CENTRAL MASSACHUSETTS***
***APPROXIMATELY 69000 REMAIN WITHOUT POWER MAINLY IN WESTERN AND CENTRAL MASSACHUSETTS (APPROXIMATELY 37,000 WESTERN MASS ELECTRIC, 32000 NATIONAL GRID)***
With power mostly restored in Eastern Massachusetts, the Westford shelter operation ending (further details to follow below) and the possibility of an ARESMAT to neighboring sections decreasing, the Eastern Massachusetts ARES stand-by has been lifted. There are still 69,000 without power in Massachusetts and 250,000 in Connecticut at the time of this message but no calls for communication assistance have been received since the possible need for support for a Red Cross shelter in Sturbridge in the Western Massachusetts section on Wednesday so while there is still a low probability of a call for support, with power continuing to be restored and shelters closing, this call for support is growing less likely to occur. Connecticut ARES remains on stand-by per the web site this evening in case support is required in their section.
The one active operation involving Amateurs in Eastern Massachusetts was with the shelter in Westford being manned by PART members who are also a part of Northern Middlesex County ARES. Terry Stader-KA8SCP reported Thursday that they have stood down from that operation and the shelter has been closed and thanked the section for being willing to support their operation if it was required. The closing of this operation was another factor in lifting the stand-by as stated previously. The following Amateurs from PART/Northern Middlesex County ARES participated in the operation:
A link to the latest post historic October major nor’easter coordination message and ARRL web story on the Amateur Radio response to the major nor’easter and the are listed below:
Post Historic October Major Nor’easter Coordination Message #4: http://www.wx1box.org/node/1542
ARRL Web Story – Amateurs Assist with Comminications in Aftermath of Rare October Nor’easter : http://www.arrl.org/news/amateurs-assist-with-communications-in-aftermat…
The ARRL web story may be updated early next week and there may be one more post storm coordination message from a SKYWARN perspective that may be posted to wx1box.org late Sunday Evening or during the upcoming week. This will be the last update from an Eastern Massachusetts ARES perspective. We appreciate all those who stood by and were prepared in case a deployment was required and thanked those that gave their availability to the ARES EC/ADEC/DEC for their area. 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)
Work Phone #: 508-346-2929 (8 AM-5 PM)
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