For Immediate Release - May 26, 2015

MEMA to Host Hurricane Preparedness Conference

FRAMINGHAM, MA – To help coastal communities prepare for the upcoming hurricane season, the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) will host the 2015 Massachusetts Hurricane Preparedness Conference on May 28, 2015 at the Four Points Sheraton Hotel in Norwood, MA. The full-day hurricane preparedness conference coincides with National Hurricane Preparedness Week and the National Weather Service and National Hurricane Center’s #ItOnlyTakesOne campaign.

“In recent years we have witnessed the destructive impacts of hurricanes, both in Massachusetts and in neighboring states,” stated MEMA Director Kurt Schwartz. “While Massachusetts was fortunate to be spared the worst of those storms, it is important that we all prepare for the region’s next tropical storm or hurricane.”

Hurricanes are one of nature’s most powerful and destructive phenomena, often bringing dangerous storm surge, inland flooding, heavy rain and wind, and rip currents.  On Thursday, more than 250 emergency management professionals will come together to share ideas and best practices to enhance the Commonwealth’s preparedness for the 2015 hurricane season, which officially begins on June 1, 2015.  The conference’s interactive presentations will focus on a variety of topics, including the Atlantic hurricane forecast, forecasting tools and systems, hazards and impacts, evacuations, first responder preparedness, emergency power restoration, response and recovery.

The conference, which is the Commonwealth’s hurricane preparedness kick-off event, is designed to provide public safety professionals the tools and strategies to enhance preparedness in their communities and ensure readiness to respond to, and recover from potential impacts of a hurricane. Additionally, throughout the 2015 hurricane season MEMA will provide information and tips focused on family, business and community preparedness.  These topics will highlight the importance of ‘building a kit, making a plan, and staying informed’.

 

MEMA is the state agency charged with ensuring the state is prepared to withstand, respond to, and recover from all types of emergencies and disasters, including natural hazards, accidents, deliberate attacks, and technological and infrastructure failures. MEMA is committed to an all hazards approach to emergency management.  By building and sustaining effective partnerships with federal, state and local government agencies, and with the private sector - - individuals, families, non-profits, and businesses - - MEMA ensures the Commonwealth’s ability to rapidly recover from large and small disasters by assessing and mitigating threats and hazards, enhancing preparedness, coordinating response operations, and strengthening our capacity to rebuild and recover.

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