For Immediate Release - October 27, 2012

PATRICK-MURRAY ADMINISTRATION DECLARES STATE OF EMERGENCY AND REQUESTS PRE-LANDFALL EMERGENCY DECLARATION FROM THE PRESIDENT

Steps Taken to Help Commonwealth Prepare for Hurricane Sandy

FRAMINGHAM, MA – At 12:45 p.m., today, Saturday, October 27, 2012, Governor Deval Patrick signed a State of Emergency for the entire Commonwealth of Massachusetts, in anticipation of approaching Hurricane Sandy.  This storm is expected to impact the entire Commonwealth with a significant storm surge, tropical force winds and torrential rain, posing an imminent threat to public safety with the potential for coastal flooding, beach erosion, power outages, inland flooding, wastewater overflows and property damage.

This pre-landfall State of Emergency will facilitate the protection of persons and property from the impacts of Hurricane Sandy and expedite the use of the Commonwealth’s resources, such as the activation of the Massachusetts National Guard, to provide assistance in the emergency response and recovery efforts.  The Declaration of Emergency will also permit the Commonwealth to request and receive mutual aid assistance from other states, through the Emergency Management Assistance Compact, and is a prerequisite to requesting pre-disaster emergency declaration from the President of the United States.

In that regard, Governor Patrick has asked President Obama to issue a Pre-Landfall Emergency Declaration for direct federal assistance. If Massachusetts receives the federal emergency declaration, various types of assistance available may include Search and Rescue; emergency power generation; mass care and sheltering support, commodities and distribution; evacuation support; emergency communications; incident management support; technical and advisory assistance.  The costs of such assistance would be shared on at least a 75 percent federal, 25 percent Commonwealth basis.

The Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) is the state agency responsible for coordinating federal, state, local, voluntary and private resources during emergencies and disasters in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. MEMA provides leadership to: develop plans for effective response to all hazards, disasters or threats; train emergency personnel to protect the public; provide information to the citizenry; and assist individuals, families, businesses and communities to mitigate against, prepare for, and respond to and recover from emergencies, both natural and man made. For additional information about MEMA and Storm Preparedness, go to www.mass.gov/mema.

Also, continue to follow MEMA updates on Twitter at www.twitter.com/MassEMAFacebook at www.facebook.com/MassachusettsEMA; and YouTube at www.youtube.com/MassachusettsEMA. Download the free ping4alert! app to your Smartphone to receive important weather alerts and messages from MEMA.  Easy instructions are available at www.mass.gov/mema/mobileappp.