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    Winter Storm Tips

    MEMA Offers Tips to Help Keep Massachusetts Families Safe During Winter Weather

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  • Snow Being Removed From Roof Using a Roof Rake

    Roof Collapse Safety Information

    Heavy snow buildup can add weight and stress to the roofs of structures if not cleared. Flat, commercial roofs are most susceptible if they are not draining properly.

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  • Man checking emergency alerts on his smartphone

    Download the Massachusetts Alerts Smartphone App

    Receive weather warnings and emergency alerts on MEMA’s free smartphone app, Massachusetts Alerts, for iPhone and Android devices.

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  • Tree covered in ice

    Tips for the Extreme Cold

    Learn how to stay safe during extremely cold temperatures and severe wind chill with MEMA's extreme cold safety information.

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  • Photo of strain of Ebola virus

    Ebola Preparedness

    Learn more about the Commonwealth's Ebola preparedness efforts and find resources for public safety professionals.

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  • Ready Massachusetts. Subtext: Prepare, Plan, Stay Informed

    Prepare for Emergencies with Ready Massachusetts

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

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  • Graphic for "See Something Say Something campaign". Text on graphic says: Report suspicious activity. Call 9-1-1 or your local police department.

    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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Massachusetts Requests Federal Assistance for Historic Storms

On March 27th, 2015, Governor Charlie Baker and Lt. Governor Karyn Polito submitted a request to President Barack Obama for a Major Disaster Declaration based on the impacts of an unprecedented 28-day weather event, starting January 26th, that brought record snowfall and bitter temperatures to the Commonwealth.  This Declaration would make federal aid available in the form of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Public Assistance (PA) Program to ten Massachusetts counties whose PA costs exceed the federal thresholds.  They are Barnstable, Bristol, Dukes, Essex, Middlesex, Nantucket, Norfolk, Plymouth, Suffolk and Worcester counties.

Additionally, Snow Assistance is also being requested for nine counties that have either met record or near-record snowfall totals, as defined by the National Climatic Data Center (NCDC) or have met FEMA’s ‘contiguous county’ criteria.  These counties are Barnstable, Bristol, Dukes, Essex, Middlesex, Norfolk, Plymouth, Suffolk and Worcester counties.

The Governor’s request cites almost $350 million in costs to state agencies and cities and towns for plowing and removing almost 9 feet of snow in just four weeks, and almost $50 million in other storm costs. 

The Declaration, if issued, would provide federal disaster assistance to approximately 250 cities and towns, state agencies and private non-profit organizations. The federal government would provide 75% reimbursement for eligible snow removal costs, and costs to repair damage to public infrastructure such as roads, bridges, piers, seawalls and storm-related overtime costs for first responders during this time.

Full Press Release: Governor Baker Requests Federal Assistance for Historic Storms

Disaster Declaration Request Letter: Emergency Declaration Request Letter  pdf format of Emergency Declaration Request Letter

Disaster Declaration Request Letter Supplemental Info:  Severe Winter Weather Disaster Declaration Letter - Attachment A - Supplemental Info  pdf format of Winter Disaster Declaration Letter - Supplemental Info
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State Homeland Security Strategy

The Massachusetts State Homeland Security Strategy (SHSS) articulates a vision for homeland security and emergency preparedness in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. It serves as a guide for state, regional, and local preparedness activities. The SHSS was created with input from state, regional, and local stakeholders across a wide range of relevant disciplines including: emergency management, law enforcement, fire services, emergency medical services, public health, health and medical, transportation, communication, and NGOs. The SHSS is also informed by our most recent Threat, Hazard Identification and Risk Assessment (THIRA) and State Preparedness Report (SPR). Together, EOPSS and our homeland security partners have developed this strategy to ensure that Massachusetts is resilient and prepared, as well as to enhance our ability to respond to, and recover from emergencies and disasters.

Massachusetts State Homeland Security Strategy  pdf format of Massachusetts State Homeland Security Strategy

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 Winter Heating Safety, Distribution of important Nuclear Safety Information, and Winter Storm Coordination & Response Briefing for Governor Baker’s at the SEOC, as well as a host of other informative articles.

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