Archive for December 2017

Winter Weather and Seasonal Flu Informational Call and Webinar for healthcare facilities

“On Wednesday, January 3, 2018 at 3:30pm, the Massachusetts Department of Public Health will host a 30 minute Winter Weather and Seasonal Flu Informational Call and Webinar for healthcare facilities.  During the session staff from the Office of Preparedness and Emergency Management will discuss winter preparations and tools that are available for healthcare facilities to be better prepared during severe weather events and Bureau of Infectious Disease and Laboratory Sciences staff will provide an update on influenza surveillance, lab testing, and early season vaccine coverage.

 

To join the call on January 3rd at 3:30pm:

Registration Link: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/3889301768838418691

Participant Dial In info: (415) 655-0060    

Access Code: 788-612-963

 

Winter Weather Resources:

Log in to the Health and Homeland Alert Network: https://www.masshhan.org/hhan/home.do

Massachusetts Alerts Smartphone App: https://www.mass.gov/service-details/massachusetts-alerts-smartphone-app

MEMA Twitter: https://twitter.com/MassEMA 

National Weather Service: https://www.weather.gov/ 

Massachusetts Power Outages: https://mema.mapsonline.net/public.html

MBTA Winter Weather: https://www.mbta.com/winter

Show Me App: https://www.mass.gov/eohhs/gov/departments/dph/programs/emergency-prep/additional-access-needs/show-me.html

 

Seasonal Influenza Resources:

DPH Influenza Flu Facts: https://www.mass.gov/influenza

CDC Influenza Website: https://www.cdc.gov/flu “

 

Stay Warm!

 

Elizabeth

 

 

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“Winter Weather and Seasonal Flu Informational Call and Webinar for local health”

“On Wednesday, January 3, 2018 at 3:00pm, the Massachusetts Department of Public Health will host a 30 minute Winter Weather and Seasonal Flu Informational Call and Webinar for local health.  During the session staff from the Office of Preparedness and Emergency Management will discuss winter preparations and tools that are available for local health to be better prepared during severe weather events and Bureau of Infectious Disease and Laboratory Sciences staff will provide an update on influenza surveillance, lab testing, and early season vaccine coverage.

 

To join the call on January 3rd at 3:00pm:

Registration Link: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/8031086204368270595

Participant Dial In info: (415) 655-0052

Access Code: 425-563-081

 

 

Winter Weather Resources:

Log in to the Health and Homeland Alert Network: https://www.masshhan.org/hhan/home.do

DPH WebEOC: https://mdph.webeocasp.com/mdph

Massachusetts Alerts Smartphone App: https://www.mass.gov/service-details/massachusetts-alerts-smartphone-app

MEMA Twitter: https://twitter.com/MassEMA  

National Weather Service: https://www.weather.gov/  

Massachusetts Power Outages: https://mema.mapsonline.net/public.html

MBTA Winter Weather: https://www.mbta.com/winter

Show Me App: https://www.mass.gov/eohhs/gov/departments/dph/programs/emergency-prep/additional-access-needs/show-me.html

 

Seasonal Influenza Resources:

DPH Influenza Flu Facts: https://www.mass.gov/influenza

CDC Influenza Website: https://www.cdc.gov/flu “

 

Stay Warm!

 

Elizabeth

 

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Severe Cold Warning Situational Statement from Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency

DATE: December 27, 2017

TIME: 10:00 AM

SUBJECT: Extended Period of Bitter Cold

 

Situation

Very cold temperatures are expected for the rest of this week, potentially lasting into the middle of next week. Daytime high temperatures will likely not rise above the teens from Thursday through the weekend. High temperatures in some interior locations may not rise above the single digits. Overnight low temperatures will drop to 0 to -10 degrees north of the Mass Pike and to the single digits over southeast Massachusetts. Wind chills during this period could be as low as 15 to 25 degrees below zero, particularly in western Massachusetts. The coldest periods are forecast to be Wednesday night into Thursday morning and Thursday night into Friday morning. Another bout of especially low wind chills is possible Saturday night into Sunday morning and Sunday night into Monday morning.

Impacts:

*   Potentially life-threatening wind chill temperatures

*   Frostbite and hypothermia possible for those without proper protection from the cold. Frostbite can occur in as little as 30 minutes for unprotected skin.

*   Possible increase in fires from unsafe/improper use of alternative heating sources or people trying to thaw frozen pipes with blowtorches or similar devices

*   Possible increase in incidents of carbon monoxide poisoning from unsafe/improper use of alternative heating sources

*   Possible vehicle failure

*   Possible water main breaks and pipe bursts

Watches and Warnings

Wind Chill Advisory

Issued: December 27 at 4:06AM EST

Expiring: December 28 at 12:00PM EST<https://alerts.weather.gov/cap/wwacapget.php?x=MA12587AD34EA8.WindChillAdvisory.12587AE3C710MA.BOXWSWBOX.f27546be145886d3bae3727e5c33412d>

Areas affected: Central Middlesex County; Eastern Essex; Eastern Franklin; Eastern Hampden; Eastern Hampshire; Eastern Norfolk; Northern Worcester; Northwest Middlesex County; Southeast Middlesex; Southern Worcester; Suffolk; Western Essex; Western Norfolk

A reminder for communities if you are opening warming shelters to please send a quick email to the HMCC Duty Officer at: [email protected]

Stay safe and warm,

James Richardson, Program Manager

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“Situational Awareness Statement from Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency” Winter Storm Warning

Situation
A winter storm will impact the state this evening and Monday. There is still some uncertainty in the track of the storm, but the forecast calls for snow to overspread most of the state late tonight and last into mid-day tomorrow. More particularly, precipitation will fall as snow except in the southeast (south and east of the I-95 corridor) where it will remain as rain to the south of the I-95 corridor and there may be a mixture of rain, sleet and snow along the I-95 corridor. Snowfall totals will be greatest in northern Massachusetts, with the northern areas of Berkshire, Franklin, Hampden, Worcester and Middlesex Counties receiving 6″ t 8″ of snow. 3″ to 6″ of accumulation is forecast for other areas to the north and west of the I-95 corridor. See the Snowfall Total Graphic below.
Strong and potentially damaging winds through Monday also are forecast for this storm. Gusts of 40 MPH to 50 MPH are forecast for much of the state, with gusts up to 65 MPH over areas of the Cape and Islands.
During the storm, travel may be hazardous, particularly to the north and west of the I-95 corridor, due to the snow, sleet and freezing rain. Additionally, the strong winds may result in downed limbs, trees, and utility wires. Power outages are expected with this storm, particularly over the Cape and Islands.

Watches, Warnings, Advisories
Winter Storm Warnings have been issued for the northern areas of the state that are expected to receive up to 8″ of snow. A High Wind Warning has been issued for the Cape and Islands. Winter Weather and Wind Advisories have been issued for other areas of the state. The current Warnings, Watches and Advisories are detailed below.
Winter Weather Advisory
Issued: December 24 at 5:59AM EST
Expiring: December 25 at 4:00PM EST

Merry Christmas to all our Region 3 partners

Stay safe,

James Richardson, Program Manager

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“U.S. Health and Human Services emPower Map Fact Sheet

“The Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR), in partnership with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), launched emPOWER to help community partners better anticipate, plan for, and respond to the needs of electricity dependent populations in each community.

Click the link to view the fact sheet. The Health and Medical Coordinating Coalitions have the use of this tool in their BP 1 deliverable s.

HHSemPOWERMap2.0Factsheet_Final04072017

 

Thank you and stay safe,

James Richardson, Program Manager

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“Situational Awareness Statement: Prolonged Period of Wintry Weather and Hazardous Travel Conditions This Weekend”

DATE: December 22, 2017
TIME: 12:30 PM
SUBJECT: Prolonged Period of Wintry Weather and Hazardous Travel Conditions This Weekend

 

Situation

The National Weather Service (NWS) is forecasting a mixture of snow, ice, freezing rain, and rain to impact Massachusetts starting Friday morning and extending into Saturday. Light snow will overspread the region starting Friday morning and become steadier from late morning into the afternoon except in southeastern Massachusetts where there will be a fairly quick transition to all rain. Preliminary snowfall projections indicate that up to 3-6 inches of snow could fall by Friday evening across northern Massachusetts along the New Hampshire and Vermont borders, with snowfall amounts falling off to the south and east. Generally, 1” to 2” is expected along the Massachusetts Turnpike, and less than 1” south of the Turnpike.  Snow will transition to freezing rain Friday afternoon or evening and freezing rain will continue into Saturday across the interior and possibly eastward into the Greater Boston area. There is a strong likelihood of total ice accretions of 1/10” across all of the state except the southeast which likely will not see any ice accumulation.  However, in Berkshire County, Franklin County, and northern Hampden and Worcester Counties, ice accumulations of .25” to .50” are possible.  In southeastern Massachusetts, mixed wintry precipitation will change to all rain late Friday.

This event is still 24 hours away so changes to the forecast are likely. In particular, cold air at the surface is appearing more likely to persist into much of Saturday across the entire region. This would result in more ice accumulation with greater impacts on travel and an increased likelihood of downed tree limbs and power outages.

Ordinarily, MEMA does not distribute Situational Awareness Statements for winter weather unless anticipated conditions trigger Warnings from the National Weather Service, or, as where, as here, travel may be particularly hazardous or significantly impacted, there may be significant impacts to pre-planned events, or there are other circumstances that warrant distribution of a Situational Awareness Statement.

Impacts:

  • Snowfall is expected to impact both morning and evening commutes on Friday along and to the north of the Massachusetts Turnpike.  Except in southeastern Massachusetts, as snow transitions into freezing rain, slippery roads and hazardous travel conditions are expected to continue into Saturday, possibly as late as Saturday afternoon if freezing rain lingers. This is particularly significant given the expected increase in travel volume due to the Christmas holiday.
  • Ice accumulations on tree limbs and power lines could result in isolated power outages.
  • Stay Informed:

    Utilize Massachusetts Alerts to receive emergency notifications and information from the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency and the National Weather Service.  Massachusetts Alerts is a free app that is available for Android and iPhones. To learn more about Massachusetts Alerts, and for information on how to download the free app onto your smartphone, visit: https://www.mass.gov/service-details/massachusetts-alerts-smartphone-app.

    Utilize MEMA’s real-time power outage viewer to stay informed about current power outages in your community and region, and across the state, including information from utility companies about restoration times: https://mema.mapsonline.net/public.html

    Utilize MEMA’s live weather radar and forecasting tools: https://www.mass.gov/map-resources

Stay safe,

James Richardson, Program Manager

 

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