Archive for March 2018

Sheltering Classing Opportunity for Communities

Good Moninrg!

 

Please find below informaiton about a Sheltering Class being offered on May 17, 2018.

If there are any quesitons please contact Lisa Jackson

 

Link to register:

https://delvalle.bphc.org/group_courses/group_course_display.php?gid=24

 

Shelter Operations and Functional Needs

Course Description:
This 4-hour course provides an overview of Functional Needs Support Services (FNSS) for general population shelters, referencing FEMA’s Guidance on Planning for Integration of Functional Needs Support Services in General Population Shelters, as well as other sources. The course provides an awareness-level overview for trained shelter staff in the basic shelter operations concepts related to the provision of FNSS that general shelter line level workers and supervisors may encounter during shelter operations. Provision of FNSS enables individuals to maintain their independence in a general population shelter. Individuals requiring FNSS may have physical, sensory, mental health, and cognitive and/or intellectual disabilities affecting their ability to function independently without assistance. Others that may benefit from FNSS include women in later stages of pregnancy, elders, children, and people needing bariatric equipment.

Learning Objectives:
By the conclusion of this course, the learner will be able to:

  1. Complete the pre-assessment and explain the purpose of the course
  2. Define FNSS and discuss the importance of the provision of FNSS in a shelter
  3. Summarize core non-discrimination principles
  4. Describe means of incorporating FNSS considerations in opening a shelter
  5. Describe procedures for transitioning shelter residents out of the shelter
  6. Summarize the key messages of the course and complete the post assessmentFaculty:
    Mea Allen, M.Ed.
    Associate Director, Education & Training
    DelValle Institute for Emergency Preparedness
    Office of Public Health PreparednessAccreditation:
    This program was designed to meet the requirements of the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Nursing, 244 CMR 5.00 for 4.2 contact hours of nursing continuing education.This program was designed to meet the requirements of the Massachusetts Board of Registration for Health Officers, 241 CMR 4.00 for 4.2 contact hours of continuing education.
  7. This program was designed to meet the requirements of the Massachusetts Board of Registration for Sanitarians, 255 CMR 5.00 for 3.5 contact hours of continuing education
  8. Taylor Frizzell
    Coordinator, Volunteers & Partnerships
    DelValle Institute for Emergency Preparedness
    Office of Public Health Preparedness
  9. Target Audience:
    General population shelter operations personnel, to include but not limited to: Shelter staff and volunteers assigned by the jurisdiction, Shelter staff managers

 

 

 

Liisa Jackson

Medical Reserve Corps Director/Coordinator

www.mrcvolunteer.org

# 774-278-0059

 

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“MASSACHUSETTS EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT AGENCY SITUATIONAL AWARENESS STATEMENT”

DATE: March 21, 2018

TIME: 7:30 AM

SUBJECT: Nor’easter Today into early Thursday

SITUATION:

The National Weather Service (NWS) continues to monitor the potential for heavy snow, high winds, and minor to moderate coastal flooding today into Thursday. Despite this storm occurring less than 24 hours away, there is still some uncertainty, especially with the snowfall forecast. Marginal temperatures and dry air intruding into the region may lower snowfall amounts.

FORECAST:

Snow:

*       Snow will begin early Wednesday and will be heaviest early Wednesday evening before tapering off Thursday morning.

*       The heavy snowfall axis will line up somewhere across southern CT, into RI and southeast MA.

*       There is the potential for snowfall rates near 1 to possibly 2 inches an hour after sunset lasting into the overnight hours.

*       Snow consistency will be on the wetter side, so there is the potential for some isolated power outages, however it will probably not be to the extent that we have seen with our past storms.

*       1-4 inches for western MA; 4-6 inches for central  and northeastern MA; 6-8 inches for Boston into southeastern MA, with pockets of 8-12 inches in northern Bristol and southern Norfolk county; and 1-4 inches on the Cape and Islands.

*       Winter Storm Warnings have been issued for southern Worcester, Suffolk, Norfolk, Bristol, Plymouth, Barnstable and Dukes counties. the South Coast of Massachusetts including Cape Cod and Martha’s Vineyard.

*       Winter Weather Advisories has been issued for southern Berkshire, Hampden, Middlesex, northern and central Worcester and Essex counties.

Wind:

*       Northeast to north winds may gust to 45-55 mph along the immediate MA coast, and 55-60 mph on the Cape and Islands. Winds may gust to 25-35 mph farther inland across the remainder of the region.

*        High Wind Warnings have been issued for Cape Cod, Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket. Gusts of 50 to 60 mph are expected Wednesday night into early Thursday morning.

*        Wind Advisories have been issued for the coastline as well as Plymouth and southern Bristol counties.

Coastal Flooding:

*       Overall expect widespread minor coastal flooding with pockets of moderate flooding for the early Thursday morning high tide (between 1 a.m. and 6 a.m.)

*       A Coastal Flood Watch has been issued for east- and north-facing shorelines for the early Thursday morning high tide cycle.

Marine:

Storm Warnings are in affect for the southern outer coastal waters, and Gale Warnings elsewhere.

Power Outages

There is a potential for scattered power outages, especially in eastern MA and the Cape and Islands due to the likelihood of heavy snowfall and/or strong winds impacting these regions.

Watches, Warnings, Advisories (as of 4 AM):

Wind Advisory Issued: March 21 at 4:03AM EDT

Expiring: March 22 at 8:00AM EDT <https://alerts.weather.gov/cap/wwacapget.php?x=MA125A98DE93EC.WindAdvisory.125A98EE7140MA.BOXNPWBOX.9397d23859715053871aad9995e3a807>

 

Urgency: Expected

Status: Actual

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“MASSACHUSETTS EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT AGENCY SITUATIONAL AWARENESS STATEMENT”

DATE: March 20, 2018
TIME: 6:45 AM

SUBJECT: Anticipated Nor’easter Wednesday into Thursday 

SITUATION:

The National Weather Service is increasingly confident that the Commonwealth will be impacted by a nor’easter beginning Wednesday morning through Thursday morning.  This storm will bring 8 inches – and possibly areas of 10-14 inches – of snow from Springfield east, with areas of western MA seeing 2-6 inches.  Additionally, coastal Massachusetts, the Cape and Islands will experience strong winds. Minor to moderate coastal flooding with areas of moderate to severe erosion is expected for north- and east-facing shores south of Boston for the early Tuesday morning high tide cycle.

FORECAST:

Snow:

  • Snow will overspread the region early Wednesday and will be heaviest late Wednesday afternoon into Wednesday night before tapering off Thursday morning.
  • 8 – 12 inches of snow for central, eastern and southeastern MA, with 10 – 14 inches possible in southern Worcester county.. 2-6 inches are possible for western MA, and 4-6 inches on the Cape and Vineyard where there may be a rain/snow mix.
  • Heavy snow will cause hazardous travel conditions and have adverse impacts on the Wednesday evening commute.
  • Winter Storm Warnings have been issued for a portion of Massachusetts along a line from Springfield-Worcester-Boston.  Note that due to uncertainty, Winter Storm Watches have been issued or continue outside of the Warning area as snowfall amounts will be adjusted through the day today.

Wind:

  • Northeast to north winds may gust to 45-55 mph along the immediate MA coast. Winds may gust to 25-35 mph farther inland across the remainder of the region.
  • Peak Winds will occur during the day on Wednesday into Wednesday night.
  • High Wind Watches have been issued for coastal areas of Southeastern Massachusetts.

Coastal Flooding:

  • Wednesday Afternoon High Tide: Minor coastal flooding is possible during the Wednesday afternoon high tide along the coastline south of Boston.
  • Thursday Early Morning High Tide: Minor to moderate coastal flooding is possible during the early Thursday morning high tide (which is mainly from 1 AM to 6 AM) along the southeast MA coast from the South Shore to Cape Cod, as well as Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket. This is due to a combination of astronomical tides (which are on the increase); an expected 2.5 feet of storm surge from Boston to Plymouth and 2.5 to 3.0 feet of surge for Cape Cod and the Islands; and 15-20+ foot seas just off the coast.
  • A Coastal Flood Watch has been issued for east- and north-facing shorelines for the early Tuesday morning high tide cycle.

Marine

  • Storm Warnings for the southern tier of waters and Gale Warnings for the northern tier of waters have been issued.

Power Outages

  • Power outages due to heavy snow and/or strong winds are possible in eastern Massachusetts, especially along the coast.
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“MASSACHUSETTS EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT AGENCY SITUATIONAL AWARENESS STATEMENT”

DATE: March 19, 2018
TIME: 7:00 AM

SUBJECT: Potential Nor’easter Wednesday into Thursday 

SITUATION:

The National Weather Service has low but increasing confidence that portions of the Commonwealth will see periods of accumulating snowfall and strong winds Wednesday into Thursday. Although there is still too much uncertainty for exact snowfall amounts, at this time the area with the highest confidence for the highest snowfall totals is along and southeast of the I-95 corridor; this may shift over the coming days.

Potential impacts include:

  • Accumulating snow, enough to plow with a low risk for a period of 1-3” per hours snowfall rates.
  • Impacts to both commutes on Wednesday (especially the afternoon commute) and Thursday morning.
  • Strong northeast winds, likely requiring a wind advisory across SE MA  (up to 45-55 mph).
  • Some coastal flood issues, especially along the eastern MA coastline, around the early Thursday AM high tide.
  • Gales for mariners; a Gale Watch has been issued.  There is a low risk for Storm Warnings.
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Employment Opportunity – Hiring Planning and Operations Coordinator

Region 3 HMCC

Health and Medical Coordinating Coalition: Planning & Operations Coordinator

Job description

GENERAL STATEMENT OF DUTIES

The Planning & Operation Coordinator will report to the Program Manager to perform professional, technical and administrative work for the HMCC to fulfill the requirements of the HMCC workplan deliverables. Share in being the on-call Duty Officer for Region 3 HMCC, providing 24/7/365 coverage. This position will require the Planning & Operation Coordinator to work with all the core disciplines to create, exercise, update, and maintain a regional coordination plan working with limited supervision and be able to work independently.

 

DUTIES and RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Along with the HMCC Program Manager develop regional health and medical
  • emergency policies and procedures.
  • Work as an interdisciplinary team member to design and implement regional
  • health and medical programs.
  • Attend Emergency Preparedness planning meetings throughout the region and the Commonwealth as requested.
  • Collaborate with core HMCC discipline members and other interdisciplinary
  • partners such as MRC, Emergency Management, local Fire and Police to execute health and medical emergency preparedness planning and coordinate information sharing and resource requests during incidents within Region 3.
  • Support the development of list/list serves to ensure comprehensive information
  • sharing among all disciplines and partners.
  • As needed support resource coordination within the region.
  • Conduct an annual review of the regional Emergency Coordination Plan (ECP)
  • and all associated annexes.
  • Ensure annual communication drills occur utilizing the HMCC contact list.
  • Support the development and subsequent testing of the Regional Surge Plan.
  • Facilitate meetings and develop agendas as needed.
  • Provide 24/7 cover as a duty officer in either a primary or backup role as outlined in the Region 3 Duty Officer plan.
  • Attend all applicable Emergency Preparedness related meetings, trainings and exercises throughout the region and the state.
  • Must be flexible to perform unexpected day-to-day tasks necessary to maintain
  • continuity within the established disciplines.
  • Perform all other duties as assigned by the program manager in a professional, 
  • REQUIRED KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS and ABILITIES
  • efficient, and effective manner.
  • Ability to conceptualize and organize projects into manageable tasks.
  • Ability to meet deadlines.
  • Ability to prepare written reports.
  • Experience in excel, word, adobe, outlook, publisher and other software products.
  • Ability to effectively communicate, both verbally and in writing.
  • Ability to craft and draft a proper AAR/IP (After Action Report and Improvement Plan).
  • National Incident Management System (NIMS)/Incident Command System (ICS)   
  • Minimum Qualifications
  • 100, 200, 700, and 800 certifications required or must be obtained with three months of employment; ICS-300 and ICS-400 certification preferred. Homeland Security Exercise and Evaluation Program (HSEEP) knowledge preferred.
  • Bachelor’s degree in Public Health, Emergency Management or a related field
  • required; and or work experience in planning and exercise development..
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, strong public speaking skills
  • and strong attention to detail required.

Please submit resume and cover letter to Elizabeth Robert at [email protected] by March 26, 2018

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New Program Manager Effective 1 April 2018

On behalf of HMCC Region 3 Jennifer Connolly, CEO of the International Institute of Greater Lawrence as the sponsoring organization for the HMCC and with the support of OPEM, it is with great pleased to announce that Elizabeth Robert the Planning and Operations Coordinator has accepted the role and duties of the HMCC Region 3 Program Manager effective April 1, 2018.  Elizabeth spent 8 years in the United States Army working as a Logistics Captain and holds a Master’s Degree in Emergency Management. Elizabeth brings over 8 years of experience and knowledge in collaborating with multiple entities on planning, integrating and executing support and sustainment operations that have supported well over thousands of individuals at times. Effective April 1, 2018 Elizabeth will be hard at work managing both roles as we look to fill the vacancy in the Planning and Operations Coordinator.

Please join us in welcoming Elizabeth to his new role as we continue to grow and build the Region 3 Health and Medical Coordinating Coalition in collaboration with our local, regional, state, federal partners and disciplines.

Feel free to reach out to Jennifer with any questions

 

 

Jennifer Connolly, CEO

International Institute of Greater Lawrence

HMCC Region 3 Sponsoring organization

125 Amesbury St

Lawrence, MA 01840

Cell: 603-300-0254

Fax: 978-384-1212

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MASSACHUSETTS EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT AGENCY

DATE: March 13, 2018

TIME: 10:15 AM

SUBJECT: March 13, 2018 Winter Storm: Power Outage Update

POWER OUTAGES

Wetter, heavier snow along and southeast of the Boston – Providence corridor, coupled with 50-65 mph wind gusts, will result in an enhanced risk for tree damage and power outages. The greatest risk for power outages remains across southeast Plymouth County and the Cape and Islands where the heavy wet snow and strong winds will persist the longest. The wet snow along the Boston to Providence corridor will become drier as the day goes on, but initially the wet snow and strong winds may result in an increased likelihood of power outages in this area.

Outside of this area, the snow is expected to be much drier in nature compared to the last storm, so widespread tree damage/power outages are NOT expected in this area. Isolated power outages are still possible along the coast from strong winds.

Travel conditions are anticipated to be difficult for restoration crews and forecast wind gusts may impede restoration efforts.

Eversource and National Grid have representatives present along with DPU at the SEOC.

There are a total of 108,925 customer outages statewide as of 10:15 AM.

*   National Grid: 41,146

*   Eversource East: 67,779

*   Eversource West: 0

*   Unitil: 0

 

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“MASSACHUSETTS EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT AGENCY SITUATIONAL AWARENESS STATEMENT”

DATE: March 12, 2018
TIME: 6:30 AM

SUBJECT: Major Winter Storm Today 

SITUATION:

Snowfall has begun falling across Massachusetts, and will ramp up in intensity over the coming hours, with snowfall rates of 1-3” per hour possible in the eastern portion of the state through the afternoon. Areas with Blizzard Warnings posted will see blizzard or near-blizzard conditions during this peak timeframe. Heavy snow is expected to end statewide by late afternoon, but snow showers will continue through the evening, ending from southwest to northeast beginning around 7 PM, ending in Springfield around 10 PM, in Boston around 5 AM Wednesday, and persisting into the Wednesday morning commute in the Worcester Hills and far northeastern Massachusetts. The consistency of the snow is expected to be much drier across the state, with the exception of southeastern Massachusetts and the Cape and Islands, where snow could be heavy and wet. All of coastal Massachusetts, Plymouth county, the Cape and Islands will experience strong to damaging winds, with gusts up to 60 mph on the northeastern coastline and up to 65 mph along the Cape and Islands. The National Weather Service (NWS) has issued a Blizzard Warning for all of coastal Massachusetts, Plymouth county, the Cape and Islands, a Winter Storm Warning for the remainder of the state, and Coastal Flood Warnings for ocean-exposed shores from Hull to Plymouth, Cape Cod, and Nantucket, and a Coastal Flood Advisory for Dukes and Essex counties.

WEATHER FORECAST:
The following is a summary of the 5:00 AM briefing from the National Weather Service:

Heavy Snow/Potential Impacts:

  • Snow will ramp up this morning, with the heaviest snow falling through early afternoon. The Tuesday morning rush hour may be quite difficult with 1 to 3″ per hour snowfall rates possible with the highest risk across eastern MA.
  • Blizzard conditions are possible across all of coastal Massachusetts Tuesday with strong winds creating blowing/drifting snow.
  • Heavy snow should wind down starting around 2-3 PM in western Massachusetts and 5-6 PM in eastern Massachusetts, but the Tuesday PM commute may still be significantly impacted. Snow showers will likely persist into early Wednesday morning over much of the state.
  • Forecast snowfall totals are 6-12” in western MA, 12-18” (with locally higher totals of up to 20” possible) in central and eastern MA, and up to 18-24” for southeastern MA and portions of Cape Cod.

Strong Wind Potential:

  • Strongest winds overnight into early Tuesday afternoon.
    • 50 to 65 mph wind gusts along the immediate eastern MA Coast/Cape and Islands.
    • 40 to 50 mph wind gusts across interior eastern MA/RI.
  • Tree damage and power outages are possible, with the greatest risk along the immediate eastern MA coast and the Cape and Islands.
  • High impact for the marine community with 45 to 60 knot wind gusts and 30+ foot seas on Tuesday.

Coastal Flooding:

  • A Coastal Flood Warning is in effect for north and east facing shorelines from Hull to Plymouth and Sandwich to Dennis. Storm surge of 3 to 3.5 feet is forecast for the ocean exposed coastline south of Boston. While low astronomical tides will mitigate the impact of this surge, areas of moderate coastal flooding may occur from Hull to Plymouth, Sandwich to Dennis, the ocean side of the Cape from Truro to Chatham, and Nantucket with significant inundation possible in areas traditionally not impacted due to compromised seawalls, dunes, and other protective structures.
  • Waves of 15 to 20 feet across Massachusetts Bay and 20 to nearly 30 feet east of Cape Cod and Nantucket will cause potentially severe erosion about the time of the Tuesday morning high tide (generally 9 to 10 AM except 10 to 10:30 AM for Nantucket).
  • For the ocean exposed coastline north of Boston, as well as Martha’s Vineyard, a Coastal Flood Advisory is in effect due to a forecast storm surge around 2.5 feet and waves at or a little higher than 15 feet a little offshore. Splashover and pockets of minor coastal flooding are likely. Some portions of the shoreline may be more vulnerable than typical due to the impacts of the last two storms.
  • Tuesday morning’s high tide is the only one of serious concern for this storm.

Power Outage Threat:

  • Wetter, heavier snow in southeast MA and the Cape and Islands, coupled with 50-65 mph wind gusts, will result in an enhanced risk for tree damage and power outages.
  • Outside of southeastern MA, the snow is expected to be much drier in nature compared to the last storm, so widespread tree damage/power outages are NOT expected in this area. Isolated power outages are still possible along the coast from the strong winds, but nothing like the past event. 

 

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