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HURRICANE PREPAREDNESS

REMA is the town agency with primary responsibility for ensuring the Town's resiliency to disasters.  REMA's director and deputy director oversee a trained staff of volunteers who stand ready to serve in the areas of planning, communications, operations, and logistics.  To that end, REMA has, since 1965, parented the Rehoboth Rescue Squad, a highly trained service of men and women who provide emergency services as First Responders and Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs), auto/bus/light truck extrication specialists, HAM RACES radio operators, ice & water rescue specialists, animal rescuers, and search & rescue response teams.  Together, the members of REMA and the Rehoboth Rescue Squad stand ready for an all hazards approach to emergency management.


As the town emergency management agency, REMA continues to build partnerships through the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) as well as through other local entities to ensure the Town's ability to rapidly recover from disasters of all sizes by mitigating hazards, enhancing preparedness, providing effective response (Rehoboth Rescue Squad), and building the capacity to recover. 


Among the most recent disasters in Rehoboth's memory were the devastating 2010 spring floods.  During that time, REMA activated its members and the Rehoboth Rescue Squad, who provided nearly 200 hours of service to the citizens.  In addition to providing service in core areas, REMA activated a shelter at the middle school for displaced persons.  In addition to the apparatus operated by the Rescue Squad, REMA also boasts a diesel powered, high output emergency light tower trailer and a mobile command operations trailer in which radio operators can communicate world wide. Recorded information about EEE is also available by calling the MDPH Public Health Information Line at 1-866-MASS-WNV (1-866-627-7968).

 

DIRECTOR:  William Maiorano                       DEPUTY DIRECTOR:  Bernard “Bud” Fagundes                       TELEPHONE: 774-371-0017

Dial 911 for emergencies

CHIEF OF RESCUE:  Scott Abrahamson                   DEPUTY CHIEF OF RESCUE:  Matthew Bomes

RehobothNow will publish regular updates online.

BEFORE THE HURRICANE SEASON . . .

BEFORE THE STORM . . .

DURING THE STORM . . .

AFTER THE STORM . . .

STAY INFORMED

Stay informed throughout Hurricane Season: know how to receive warnings and alerts, and critical information before and during a storm.

rehobothema.info

rehobothrescue7.org.

twitter.com/REMARescueSquad

facebook.com/REMARescueSquad


Massachusetts Alerts: to receive emergency information on your smart-phone, including severe weather alerts from the National Weather Service and emergency information from MEMA, download the Massachusetts Alerts free app. To learn more about Massachusetts Alerts, and for information on how to download the free app (called Ping4Alerts!)


Emergency Alert System (EAS)

via radio and television


Wireless Emergency Alerts


All Hazards National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Weather Radio


U.S. Coast Guard Marine Broadcast


A message on Teletypewriters (TTY)



Other sources of important information:

National Hurricane Center

nhc.noaa.gov

National Weather Service (Taunton)

weather.gov/box/

National Weather Service (Albany)

weather.gov/aly/

Federal Emergency Management Agency

ready.gov/hurricanes

KNOW YOUR STORM DESIGNATIONS . . .

WATCH

Hurricane/tropical storms are possible in the specified area of the Watch, usually within 36 hours. During a Watch, prepare your home and review your evacuation plan in case a Hurricane/Tropical Storm Warning is issued.


WARNING

Hurricane/tropical storm conditions are expected in the specified area of the Warning, usually within 24 hours. Complete storm preparations and leave the threatened area if directed by local officials. 


SHORT TERM WATCHES & WARNINGS

These warnings provide detailed information on specific hurricane threats, such as floods and tornadoes. 


FLOOD WATCH:

Informs the public and cooperating agencies of possible flooding. If you are in a Watch area, check flood action plans, keep informed, and be ready to act if a warning is issued or you see flooding. 


FLOOD WARNING:

A flood/flash flood Warning is issued for specific communities, streams or areas where flooding is imminent or in progress. Persons in the warning area should take precautions IMMEDIATELY!

Know the hurricane risks in your area.

Know your community safety plan.

Find out where official shelters are located.

Develop a family hurricane action plan.

Check flashlights, radios, generators, etc.

Have enough non-perishable food and water on hand.

Trim trees and shrubbery within falling range.

Buy plywood or shutters to protect doors/windows.

Clear clogged rain gutters and downspouts.

Check media outlets for official news.

Fuel and service family vehicles

Have extra cash on hand.

Cover all windows and doors.

Bring lightweight objects inside.

If you are in a Warning Area . . .

Check media outlets for storm progress.

Complete preparation activities

Follow instructions from local officials.

If evacuating, try to leave during daylight.

Leave mobile homes and RVs.

Notify others of your plans to evacuate

Take pets with you.

Note: many shelters will not accept pets.


If you are staying at home . . .

Stay at home if you have not been ordered to leave.

Stay inside a well-constructed building.

Turn refrigerator to coldest setting, keep closed.

Turn off utilities if told to do so by officials.

Turn off propane tanks.

Fill bathtub, sink or containers with water.


In case of strong winds . . .

Stay away from windows and doors.

Close all interior doors and brace external doors.

Stay in a first-floor room, bathroom or closet.

Lie under a table or sturdy object.

Check media outlets for latest news.

Wait until an area has been declared safe to return.

Stay away from moving water.

Do not attempt to drive across flowing water.

Do not allow children to play in flooded areas.

Stay away from standing water.

Have professionals check gas and electrical lines.

Call public safety personnel to attempt rescues.

Do not use tap water until declared safe to use.