Mar 19

Barnstable County Fire Academy Video

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Mar 19

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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Mar 19

Second Nor’easter Challenges Brewster Fire/Rescue

During the second major storm event to impact our community on March 13 and 14 the Brewster Fire/Rescue department responded to over 100 fire and EMS related incidents in a 36 hour period. This number of responses is equivalent to an average two week period.

These incidents included downed trees and primary power lines, flooded basements, tree removals, medical incidents, and a number of activated fire and carbon monoxide alarms.

At one point during the storm 93% of the community was without power including Town Hall, Police Headquarters, and the fire department. The heavy wet snow and high winds caused numerous trees to be uprooted and limbs severed resulting in a number of downed primary power lines and long term power outages across our Town and the region. Town Beach landings sustained additional moderate damage from the high winds and heavy surf during high tide cycles.

During the storm DPW, Water, and Natural Resource personnel worked efficiently to ensure roads were kept clear of the 8” of snow that fell while the fire and police departments responded to numerous service requests for a variety of emergencies and hazardous conditions.

During the two day period Brewster Fire Headquarters was used as a coordination, staging, and rehabilitation area providing food and rest for the employees working around the clock to ensure the safety of our residents.

The members of the Brewster Fire Department and all town employees working during this event should be commended for once again succeeding in meeting the challenges of providing safe and effective emergency services during yet another crippling winter storm.

 

Mar 14

Brewster Office of Emergency Management Storm Update

 

As of 5:00 pm Wednesday March 14, 3907 or 43% of residents in the Town of Brewster remain without power. This is down from a high of 93% earlier this afternoon.  At this time crews from Eversource are in Town and working on full restoration which for some areas may take until Thursday or Friday. Several major transmission lines remain down and out of service including a Harwich electrical sub-station. Unfortunately at this time there is no estimated time of restoration being given by Eversource.

 

All roads have been made passable by crews from the Department of Public Works, Water Department, and Natural Resources. The Fire Department has responded to approximately 100 requests for service in the past 36 hours and the Police have also been as busy responding to and managing a number of police related incidents.

 

The Barnstable County Regional Emergency Planning Group has opened the Cape Tech regional shelter in Harwich (Cape Tech Regional High School) for Brewster residents. Red Cross is on scene and providing services at that location. Pets in crates or carriers are being accepted. Parking is available. For transportation assistance residents should call the Brewster Police Department at 508-896-7011 and arrangements will be made. It is unknown at this time if the shelter will remain open tomorrow (Thursday March 15).

 

  • In a storm of this magnitude downed primary and secondary wires may still be energized. DO NOT MOVE OR TOUCH THESE WIRES!

 

  • DO NOTrun a generator within any area of your home or heat your home with your gas stove. The fire department responded to numerous instances of high carbon monoxide levels in residences due to these reasons during the storm.

 

  • Roads have been barricaded for your protection. Do not move or go around them. They may be blocking an area of a road that remains hazardous.

 

  • The Fire Department is dispatched by the Barnstable County Sheriff’s Dispatch Center. To report an emergency residents MUSTcall 911. During a storm of this type the fire department will not be available to answer our local phone number. Do not call direct to fire headquarters for an emergency. This may delay our response.

 

 

Mar 13

Barnstable County Opens Regional Shelter for Brewster Residents

The Barnstable County Regional Emergency Planning Group will open the Cape Tech regional shelter in Harwich (Cape Tech Regional High School) for Brewster residents at 7:00 p.m. Red Cross will be on scene and providing services at that location. Pets in crates or carriers are being accepted. Parking is available to those using their own vehicles. Residents requiring transportation assistance should call the Brewster Police Department at 508-896-7011 or Brewster Fire Department at 508-896-7018 and arrangements will be made. Some additional storm safety tips.

 

  • Due to the high winds Eversource crews will be delayed in restoring power. This means that both primary and secondary power lines that are down in the street or yard may still be energized. DO NOT MOVE OR TOUCH THESE WIRES!

 

  • Roads have been barricaded for your protection. Do not move or go around them. They may be blocking an area of a road that remains hazardous.

 

  • The Fire Department is dispatched by the Barnstable County Sheriff’s Dispatch Center. To report an emergency residents MUSTcall 911. During a storm of this type the fire department will not be available to answer our local phone number. Do not call direct to fire headquarters for an emergency. This may delay our response. Call 911 to request fire or EMS services.

 

 

 

Mar 12

MASSACHUSETTS EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT AGENCY SITUATIONAL AWARENESS STATEMENT

DATE: March 12, 2018
TIME: 1:30 PM
SUBJECT: Winter Storm Tonight into Tuesday – Forecast Update

SITUATION:

Brief Update: Since this morning’s Situational Awareness Statement, National Weather Service has issued the following watches and warnings:

·        Blizzard Warnings for Coastal Essex County, Plymouth County, Cape Cod and Martha’s Vineyard for Winds gusting as high as 65 mph will cause whiteout conditions in blowing snow. Significant drifting of the snow is likely.

·        Winter Storm Warnings remain in effect for the remainder of the Commonwealth for significant snow accumulations.

·        Coastal Flood Advisory has been issued for Ocean exposed shoreline from Salisbury to Plymouth and Sandwich to Dennis as well as Martha`s Vineyard for minor coastal flooding or splash-over.

·        Coastal Flood Warning has been issued for Ocean side of Cape Cod from Truro to Chatham including Wellfleet, Eastham, and Orleans, as well as Nantucket harbor and east side for minor coastal flooding, pockets of moderate coastal flooding and severe erosion.

·        High Wind Warning has been issued for Nantucket for wind gusts up to 65 mph.

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Mar 11

“Change Your Clock, Change Your Battery”

The Brewster Fire Department has a simple, yet powerful reminder for all residents of our Town. On Sunday March 11 we moved our clocks forward one hour for daylight-savings time. We ask you to take this opportunity to change the batteries in your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors and test them to ensure they are in proper working order. This is a very simple solution to improve the life safety of your family and reduce the potential for fire related fatalities, injuries, and property damage should a fire occur within your home.

Statistically, almost 66% of home fire deaths in the United States occur in private homes with no working smoke detectors. In consideration of this fact we urge you to keep your family safe by testing and changing the batteries in your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors during this week.

Mar 07

Winter Storm Challenges Brewster Fire/Rescue

During this past weekend’s major storm event members of the Brewster Fire/Rescue department responded to over 105 incidents in a 48 hour period. This number of responses is equivalent to an average two week period.

These incidents included downed trees and primary power lines, flooded basements, trees into moving vehicles, medical incidents, activated fire and carbon monoxide alarms, and a mutual aid response to a structure fire in Dennis.

At one point during the storm 5,600 residents in the community were without power including the transfer station and the fire department. Town Beach landings sustained major damage and Route 6A (Main Street) was closed during the storms three high tide cycles. Brewster DPW, Fire, Police, Water, and Natural Resource employees worked cooperatively throughout the event to ensure roads were kept clear and residents safe from the numerous hazardous conditions caused by the driving rain and hurricane force winds.

During the event Brewster Fire Headquarters was used as a coordination, staging, and rehabilitation area for the numerous employees and equipment that assigned to safeguard the community during the storm.

The members of the Brewster Fire Department and all town employees working during this event should be commended for once again succeeding in meeting the challenges of providing safe and effective emergency services during yet another crippling winter storm.

Mar 07

Duracell and the Gigunda Group Donate Batteries to Brewster Residents

In the aftermath of this weekend’s severe storm Duracell and the New Hampshire based marketing firm Gigunda donated a sizeable number of AAA, AA, C, and D size batteries to the residents of Brewster and the Brewster Fire Department. The group donated these batteries with the intent to assist Town residents affected by the current power outages and to improve their preparation for future events of this type.

Brewster residents wishing to acquire a series of these batteries for future use may visit Fire Headquarters at 1657 Main Street Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Proof of residency is required.

The Brewster Fire Department and the residents of our community wish to thank Duracell Battery for this outstanding community donation!

 

Mar 04

MASSACHUSETTS EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT AGENCY

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
March 4, 2018

CONTACT
Christopher Besse, Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency

christopher.besse@state.ma.us

 

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MEMA Encourages Residents to Stay Safe

After March Coastal Storm

 

FRAMINGHAM – The Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) urges residents to take precautions as they recover from the early March coastal storm that resulted in flooded homes, tree damage and significant power outages.

“Massachusetts has experienced a destructive storm that brought significant impacts across the state,” said MEMA Director Kurt Schwartz. “MEMA encourages residents to stay safe as they cleanup storm damage, return to flooded homes and begin the recovery process.”

Stay Safe After A Storm

  • Stay away from downed utility wires. Always assume a downed power line is live. If you see a downed wire, call 9-1-1 to report it.
  • Call 2-1-1 to obtain shelter locations and other disaster information, and to be connected with non-profit social services providers.
  • Be a good neighbor. Check on family, friends, and neighbors, especially the elderly, those who live alone, those with medical conditions, and those who may need additional assistance.

Power Outage Safety

If your power is out, follow our power outage safety tips:

  • Call your utility company to report power outages and get restoration information. Do not call 9-1-1 to report an outage or to ask about power restoration.
  • Make sure emergency generators or secondary heating systems are well ventilated.
  • Use generators and grills outside because their fumes contain carbon monoxide. Make sure your carbon monoxide detectors are working as it is a silent, odorless, killer. See moreGenerator Safety Tips.
  • Throw away any refrigerated food that was exposed to temperatures above 40 °F for more than two hours or has an unusual odor, color, or texture. When in doubt, throw it out! See more from Foodsafety.gov: When to Save and When to Throw Out.
  • Contact your doctor or pharmacy if you’re concerned that medications have spoiled.

Returning to A Home that was Flooded

  • If you have evacuated, return home only when authorities say it is safe to do so.
  • Stay out of damaged buildings and away from affected areas or roads until authorities deem them safe
  • Never touch electrical equipment while you are wet or standing in water. Consider a qualified electrician to assist in assessing damage to electrical systems.
  • Clean and disinfect anything that got wet. Take precautions. Wear appropriate protective equipment such as gloves, safety glasses, and face masks.
    • Flooded floors and walls should be washed with a solution of two capfuls of household bleach for each gallon of water.
    • Carpeting, mattresses, and upholstered furniture should be disposed of or disinfected by a professional cleaner.
    • Remove and replace any drywall or other paneling that has been underwater. Use a moisture meter to make sure that wooden studs and framing are dry before replacing the drywall. Mold growth in hidden places is a significant health hazard.
  • Consider using professional cleaning and repair services before attempting to repair flood-damaged property.

 

Check Your Home for Damage

  • If you have concerns about private well contamination, check with your local public health officials for guidance.
  • Have damaged septic tanks or leaching systems repaired as soon as possible to reduce potential health hazards.
  • If you believe there is a gas leak, go outdoors immediately. Do not turn electrical switches or appliances on or off. If you turned off your gas, you must contact a licensed professional to turn it back on.
  • Take photos or videos to document any damage to your home or property, and contact your insurance company. For information and frequently asked questions about disaster insurance claims, review the Disaster Guide for Consumers or contact the Massachusetts Division of Insurance.
  • If you home requires construction to repair or rebuild, take steps to avoid scams and fraud.

About MEMA

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’s staff of professional planners, communications specialists and operations and support personnel 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, ensuring effective response, and strengthening our capacity to rebuild and recover. For additional information about MEMA and Emergency Preparedness, go towww.mass.gov/mema.

Continue to follow MEMA updates on Twitter at www.twitter.com/MassEMA; Facebook at www.facebook.com/MassachusettsEMA; YouTube at www.youtube.com/MassachusettsEMA.

Massachusetts Alerts: to receive emergency information on your smartphone, including severe weather alerts from the National Weather Service and emergency information from MEMA, download the free Massachusetts Alerts app. To learn more about Massachusetts Alerts, and for information on how to download the free app onto your smartphone, visit:www.mass.gov/mema/mobileapp.