Though no major storms have made landfall yet, Fire Chief and Emergency Management Director George D. Kramlinger and the Manchester-by-the-Sea Fire Department would like to share several important safety and preparedness tips with residents now that hurricane season is underway.
“Preparation is the most important factor in remaining safe during major storms,” Chief Kramlinger said. “I hope residents will take the steps they need to now, before a storm hits, to ensure they have the materials and information they need to either ride out a storm or evacuate.”
The Atlantic Hurricane Season officially started on June 1 and runs through Nov. 30.
Regardless of how many storms develop this year, it only takes one to severely impact our area. In the past, the storms that have typically had the strongest impact in New England have occurred during August and September. Powerful storms can result in devastating impacts, including storm surges, heavy rainfall, flooding and destructive winds.
In the event of a hurricane, tropical storm or severe weather, Chief Kramlinger and the Manchester Fire Department urge residents to establish and practice a family emergency plan, build an emergency kit and follow these tips outlined by the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency:
- Stay informed of hurricane and tropical storm warnings by receiving alerts and public safety information before, during and after emergencies.
- If you live or work in a flood zone, hurricane evacuation zone, or an area that is prone to flooding, you should be prepared to evacuate.
- Check flashlights and portable radios to confirm they’re working.
- Fully charge your cell phone, laptop and any other devices before the storm.
- If you own a car, make sure its gas tank is at least half full in the event you need to travel. Purchase a car phone charger so that you can charge your device if you lose power in your home.
- If you have life-support devices (home dialysis, suction, breathing machines, etc.) that depend on electricity, contact your local electric company about your power needs in advance of an emergency. Some utility companies will put you on a priority re-connection service list.
- Depending on your family’s needs, emergency kits should also include medications, extra eyeglasses, medical equipment and supplies, children’s items such as diapers and formula, food and supplies for pets and service animals, and other items you or your family members might need during a disaster.
- Purchase a generator to maintain electricity despite an outage. Generators should always be kept outside, since they emit carbon monoxide fumes that can quickly accumulate indoors.
- Prepare your home. Consider attaching temporary plywood covers to protect windows and sliding doors.
Any resident can receive advance warnings, timely emergency alerts, and information critical to staying safe during any disaster including a tropical storm or hurricane.
All residents and businesses can sign up for the town’s CodeRED system by clicking here.
Those without Internet access may call the Manchester-By-The-Sea Fire Department at 978-526-4040 Monday through Friday between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. to supply their information over the phone. Required information includes first and last name, street address (physical address, no P.O. boxes), city, state, zip code and primary phone number (home or cell). Additional phone numbers can be entered as well.