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    Hurricane Season

    Hurricane season began June 1st. Find your hurricane evacuation zone, stay informed about the hazards you may face from a hurricane, and learn how you can be prepared.

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    Get emergency information on your cellphone

    Learn about emergencies and hazards in your area via text alerts or through MEMA’s smartphone app for iPhone and Android users.

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    See Something Say Something

    The initiative highlights the important role the public plays in maintaining a safe environment and preventing terrorism. Remember if you see something suspicious report it to your local police department or call 9-1-1.

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    MEMA Launches Ready Massachusetts Preparedness Campaign

    Ready Massachusetts is designed to educate and empower residents to prepare for and respond to emergencies and disasters.

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July is Hurricane Preparedness Month in Massachusetts

Governor Deval Patrick has proclaimed the month of July as Hurricane Preparedness Month in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. While Atlantic Hurricane Season began June 1st, most tropical storm systems that have impacted New England have struck during the months of August and September. That’s why July is a great time to prepare before a storm approaches.

Tropical Storm Irene in 2011, Hurricane Sandy in 2012, and Hurricane Arthur in 2014 are powerful reminders that Massachusetts residents and visitors must prepare for the next hurricane.  MEMA encourages everyone to 1) Know Your Evacuation Zone; 2) Know Your Risk; 3) Be Prepared; and 4) Stay Informed.

More information can be found on MEMA’s Hurricane Season press release and MEMA’s hurricane preparedness webpage.

FEMA’s Approach to Coastal Flood Mapping & Flood Insurance Reform Legislation

There have been many recent questions from states, communities and the general public related to the methodologies and science that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) uses to produce updated coastal flood insurance rate maps in New England.  In response to these questions, FEMA recently developed the Fact Sheet - FEMA Coastal Flood Mapping Methodology pdf format of Fact Sheet - FEMA Coastal Flood Mapping Methodology to more clearly explain the methodology and details that go into FEMA’s analyses used to develop updated maps.  The results of the FEMA analyses are intended to inform the development of more accurate maps and risk assessment tools for coastal areas, especially those that have high populations and dense development.  These updated flood insurance rate maps developed for coastal communities ultimately drive requirements to have and maintain flood insurance, determine flood insurance premiums and the requirements for new and improved buildings.   

In addition to the on-going flood mapping update projects in Massachusetts and across New England, there have also been recent legislative changes that impact how FEMA administers and implements the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP).  Many of these legislative changes were included in the ‘Biggert-Waters Flood Insurance Reform Act’, which was enacted in 2012.  On March 21, 2014 the President signed the ‘Homeowner Flood Insurance Reform Act of 2014’ which modified certain provisions of the 2012 Biggert-Waters Act, and makes additional program changes to other portions of the NFIP program.  FEMA has published a Fact Sheet - Homeowner Flood Insurance Affordability Act of 2014 pdf format of Fact Sheet -Homeowner Flood Insurance Affordability Act that provides an overview of some of these changes.  Additional information on FEMA flood insurance reform can also be found here (http://www.fema.gov/flood-insurance-reform) as FEMA actively works to implement the new law.   

MEMA Monthly Reports

This month's issue of MEMA REPORTS, our monthly update of Emergency Management activities, appears at MEMA Monthly Reports in the ‘Publications & Reports’ section. This month we highlight Hurricane Arthur’s early arrival, MEMA’s new Mobile Emergency Operations Center and FEMA’s many new assistance programs, as well as a host of other informative articles.

Weather Resources

National Weather Service in Taunton: http://www.erh.noaa.gov/box/

National Weather Service in Albany: http://www.erh.noaa.gov/er/aly/

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