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Last Website Update:
December 28, 2016 7:18 AM
Welcome to the Office of Emergency Management
The Office of Emergency Management (OEM) is a function in the Lynn Fire Department and is responsible for managing the emergency management program for the City of Lynn. This includes planning and coordination of mitigation, preparedness, response, and recovery to any natural or man-made hazard that may impact the City of Lynn.
During a large-scale emergency, OEM advises the Mayor and coordinates the response and recovery efforts of City departments and agencies as well as private organizations and volunteer groups.
||Paul A. Ricchi
Lynn Fire Department
725 Western Ave.
Lynn MA, 01902
| Office of Emergency Management
Emergency Preparedness and Planning
Do you know what to do in an emergency? From having family supplies such as water, food, batteries, first aid kit, medications, can opener, etc. to having a plan (link to http://www.ready.gov/make-a-plan), there are steps you can take to be prepared.
In the event of an emergency, City of Lynn updates and shelter information will be issued through the City of Lynn website at http://www.lynnma.gov.
You can also get City of Lynn updates by connecting through Mayor Kennedy's Facebook page and the Lynn City Hall Twitter page.
Massachusetts has established a non-emergency help and information line that you can call by dialing 2-1-1, or you can call the Lynn City Hall non-emergency hotline at (781) 598-4000.
To learn more about how you and your family can prepare, visit these sites:
You should dial 9-1-1 if there is an emergency situation
Important Information On The Drought
Drought Conditions Remain Unchanged Throughout Commonwealth
Subject: FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: BOSTON - December 9, 2016
Commonwealth of Massachusetts
Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs
Drought Conditions Remain Unchanged Throughout Commonwealth
Monitoring of Water Resources to Continue, Indoor Water Conservation by Public Necessary
Although many areas of the state experienced some precipitation in November, large portions of the state continue to experience a water deficit. As a result, Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA) Secretary Matthew Beaton today declared the following drought levels throughout the Commonwealth: a Drought Warning for the Connecticut River Valley, Western, Central, Northeast, and Southeast Massachusetts, unchanged from the month of November; and a Drought Advisory for the Cape and Islands, unchanged from the month of November. The declaration was the result of a recommendation issued from a recent meeting of the Drought Management Task Force, comprised of state, federal and local officials, and will remain in effect until water levels return to normal in the affected regions.
"It is incredibly important that as the Commonwealth transitions from fall to the winter months that we all focus on indoor water conservation methods, now that the outdoor watering season has come to an end," said Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Matthew Beaton. "The Baker-Polito Administration urges the public to reduce indoor water usage, fix any indoor leaks, and conduct water audits."
"While the state has received beneficial rainfall over the last few weeks, totals for the month of November were below normal and serious drought conditions remain across the state," said Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) Director Kurt Schwartz. "The public is urged to continue conserving water in order to reduce the overall demand on our water sources."
A Drought Warning, as outlined in the Massachusetts Drought Management Plan, indicates over six consecutive months of groundwater and stream flow levels being below normal, and larger reservoirs at below normal levels. This initiates a much more concerted set of government responses including instating water restrictions, and more intensified monitoring and coordination between the agencies. Areas within the Drought Warning regions are currently experiencing precipitation levels below normal for six out of seven consecutive months. The declaration of a Drought Advisory indicates a level of dry conditions that warrants closer tracking by government agencies.
The state continues to intensely monitor and assess the drought situation, and any associated environmental and agricultural impacts. Furthermore, the state asks the public to be mindful of the amount of water they are using, and to reduce indoor water use, address leaks as soon as possible, and for larger buildings and businesses to conduct water audits to ensure they identify areas of leaks and potential water conservation. All these steps will greatly help reduce water use to ensure essential needs such as drinking water and fire protection are being met, habitats have enough water to recover, and to stretch our water supplies into the spring.
The Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection's (MassDEP) permits exempt certain water uses from mandatory restrictions, including: for health or safety reasons; the production of food and fiber; the maintenance of livestock; and to meet the core functions of a business. MassDEP continues to provide technical assistance to communities on managing systems, including assistance on use of emergency connections and water supplies, as well as assisting towns on how to request a declaration of drought emergency.
"Despite recent rain events, the Commonwealth is still in a significant drought, so people should continue to use water wisely," said Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Martin Suuberg. "Residents should all look to efforts within the home to conserve water. Fixing leaky faucets, toilets and showerheads is a great way to conserve water and save money."
CALL FOR LYNN CITIZENS EMERGENCY RESPONSE and MEDICAL RESERVE CORPS VOLUNTEERS
The City of Lynn is seeking individuals who are interested in joining a Citizens Emergency Response Team (CERT) and the Medical Reserve Corps (MRC). A CERT/MRC is made up of volunteers who assist in preparing for and responding to local disasters. The CERT/MRC may also be called upon to help during the year with routine events (e.g. Annual Flu Clinic, Health Fair, or Community Outreach).
We are seeking the following volunteers:
- Medical, Public, and Mental Health Professionals: doctors, physician’s assistants, nurses, pharmacists, medical technicians, counselors, social workers, psychologists, veterinarians, epidemiologists, EMT’s, etc.
- Volunteer Coordinators: People who are interested in organizing meetings and developing and maintaining the Medical Reserve volunteers.
- Logistical Support: Assistance in setting up Disaster Shelters or Emergency Dispensing Sites
- Clerical Support: greeters, registrars, general administrative help
- Security: traffic flow, parking, etc.
- Transportation: to help people get to our dispensing sites.
- Child Care: for our other volunteers
Benefits of volunteering for Lynn CERT/MRC:
- Serve your family, friends, neighbors and loved ones in your town and beyond
- Be part of a team trained to provide medical, public, and mental health support during an emergency
- Network with other CERT/MRC volunteers as part of a critically important and specialized team
- Participate in initiatives that strengthen public health such as vaccination and health education programs
- CERT/MRC volunteers could be part of a team mobilized during national emergencies
- Free training and continuing education credits – learn about:
- Personal safety in emergency situations
- Shelter Operations
- Emergency management
- Emergency Dispensing Site Operations
- Become familiar with existing local emergency plans, procedures, and facilities
To sign up go to: www.maresponds.org or contact Liisa Jackson: LiisaJacksonNSCA@gmail.com
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Rapid Notify Emergency Management Alert Notification System
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Rapid Notify Overview: The Rapid Notify System can be used to warn you of possible hazards that could affect your health and safety. An alert could be sent in the event of a major emergency such as a Large Fire, Chemical Spill, Contaminated Water, Evacuation Notice, Severe Weather Conditions, Missing Person Alert, or Police Activity.
If you wish to add your cell phone number or other contact information to our database, please scroll down on this page for the sign up form. Your information will be secure and will not be shared with anyone.
*The SMS field must be filled out with a cell phone number to receive text message alerts.
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Frequently Asked Questions?
What is Rapid Notify? The Rapid Notify System is a software application used to send emergency alert notifications and updates to large groups of people. The system is capable of simultaneously sending an alert to thousands of people over communications platforms such as email, telephone, cell phone, SMS text message, pager and PDA. Mass notification systems are typically used to issue voice or text messages alerting response personnel to the presence of an emergency as well as instructing residents of specific areas on how best to reduce their risk of harm in potentially life threatening situations.
When is the system used? The Rapid Notify System can be used to warn you of possible hazards that could affect your health and safety. An alert could be sent in the event of a major emergency such as: Large Fire, Chemical Spill, Contaminated Water, Evacuation Notice, Severe Weather Conditions, Missing Person Alert or Police Activity
How did you get my number? Contacts in the Rapid Notify system are completely confidential and have been obtained from the emergency services database of listed telephone numbers.
What should I do when I am called? When you receive an automated phone call from the Rapid Notify system, please listen carefully to the message. You will be informed as to the nature of the situation, and be given instructions on how to protect yourself. The message could possibly ask you to stay indoors until further notice or to evacuate the area immediately.
What if I miss the call? If you do not answer your phone, the system will attempt to reach you with an additional call. The system will leave a message on your answering machine if it picks up the call. If there has been no answer after three phone calls, your information will be recorded and delivered to the authorities for a possible follow-up or in-person alert, depending on the severity of the situation.
What if my number is unlisted? If you wish to add your cell phone number or other contact information to our database, please visit http://www.lynnma.gov/alert and follow the instructions for registration. Your information will be secure and will not be shared with anyone.
How do you know whom to call? In the event of an emergency, local Police, Fire, EMS, Health or City Officials will indicate the physical area(s) to be notified and the Rapid Notify system will attempt to contact persons who reside in those locations.
Is the system secure? The Rapid Notify system can only be accessed by authorized personnel, and all data is protected by state-of-the-art security protocols.
What can I do? Be prepared for emergencies. Create a family emergency plan. Have an emergency supply kit readily available at home, at work, and in your car. Plan for the types of emergencies or disasters that can happen in the area where you live.
Stay Alert and Stay Informed
December 05, 2016 | Weather Update
The City of Lynn received its first appreciable snow fall of the season this morning. Please use this opportunity to review the snow and ice tips included on this page so you and your families are prepared for more significant snow and ice events which are sure to occur in the coming months.
Alerts Before Concord Tornado Allowed Residents to Take Shelter
Don't let the rainfall in the past weeks and this mornings snow dusting fool you. The City of Lynn remains in a drought status (which is easy to forget in the winter months) Please make every effort to conserve water. Often it takes months to recover from the severe drought conditions that we have experienced this past summer. Responsible water use is the civic duty of every citizen and enterprise in the City of Lynn.
FRAMINGHAM, MA - The Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) encourages all residents of the Commonwealth to use their cellphones to receive emergency alerts and warnings about imminent severe weather and other threatening situations. This past Monday morning, many residents of the Concord, Massachusetts neighborhood that was hit by a tornado were awoken fifteen minutes before the tornado hit by emergency alerting systems on their cellphones. The advance warning allowed those residents to move to safety within their homes before the tornado hit.
Using the emergency alerting capabilities of your cellphone to be informed during emergencies is an important component of emergency preparedness. Every family should have multiple methods for receiving emergency alerts, including at least one with an audible alert to wake you in the middle of the night.
“The tornado that struck Concord in the overnight hours on August 22nd while residents were sleeping was a reminder of the importance of receiving emergency alerts,” said Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency Director Kurt Schwartz. “Residents in the tornado warning area received alerts through the Wireless Emergency Alerts system on their cellphones. Additionally, alerts were sent to cellular devices loaded with MEMA’s free Massachusetts Alerts app. These warnings allowed residents to take shelter before the tornado struck.”
Wireless Emergency Alerts – Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEAs) are short text-like messages sent to cellphones in an affected area. WEAs are generated automatically when the National Weather Service issues warnings for the most severe weather conditions, including tornados, flash floods, and hurricanes. WEAs also are issued for other types of emergencies, including AMBER alerts. In Massachusetts, MEMA has the ability to issue WEAs for all types of imminent threats and hazards. You do not need to subscribe to any service to receive Wireless Emergency Alerts; the alerts are sent to all WEA-enabled devices in an impacted or threatened area, and most newer cell phones are automatically enabled to receive WEAs. MEMA encourages residents to check their cellphone settings to ensure that WEAs are enabled to be able to receive emergency alerts.
|Massachusetts Mobile App Alerts
|The Massachusetts Alerts app provides weather warnings from the National Weather Service and emergency alerts and information from MEMA based on your location, proximity to an event or incident, and the preferences you select. The free Massachusetts Alerts app is available for Android and iPhone devices.
|For Apple iPhones
||Go to Settings > Notifications
|Scroll to the bottom in the “Government Alerts” section and make sure that “AMBER Alerts” and “Emergency Alerts” are turned on.
|For Android Phones
||Go to Messages > Settings OR you may have an “Emergency Alerts” icon
||Go to the “Emergency Alerts” section and make sure that “Extreme Alert”, “Severe Alert” and “AMBER Alerts” are turned on.
|For other cell phone models or for technical information, contact your cell phone carrier.
|Click here see our FAQ and to learn more about Massachusetts Mobile Alerts
City of Lynn Hazard Migration Plan | 2016 Update
Final Plan Update Adopted June 2016
Hazard Mitigation planning is a proactive effort to identify actions that can be taken to reduce the dangers to life and property from natural hazard events. In the communities of the Boston region of Massachusetts, hazard mitigation planning tends to focus most on flooding, the most likely natural hazard to impact these communities. The Federal Disaster Mitigation Act of 2000 requires all municipalities that wish to be eligible to receive FEMA funding for hazard mitigation grants, to adopt a local multi-hazard mitigation plan and update this plan in five year intervals.
Planning for the Lynn Hazard Mitigation Plan update was led by the Lynn Local Hazard Mitigation Planning Committee, composed of staff from a number of different City Departments. This committee discussed where the impacts of natural hazards most affect the City, goals for addressing these impacts, and hazard mitigation measures that would benefit the City.
Public participation in this planning process is important for improving awareness of the potential impacts of natural hazards and to build support for the actions the City takes to mitigate them.
Please download and review this draft below.
City of Lynn Snow Emergency Information
||In the event of a Snow Emergency
information will be posted on this website and
also broadcast on the radio and local cable:
WESX AM 1230 – WBQQ l04.9 FM - Comcast Channel 3
Verizon Channels 28 and 37
||Flashing Blue Lights Indicate A Snow Emergency Has Been Declared
Lights are located at the intersections of:
- Market Square
- Market and Broad Streets
- Eastern Ave at Essex Street
- Essex Street at Rockaway Street
- Western Ave. at Waitt Ave.
- Lynnfield Street at Broadway
- O’Callaghan Way at Walnut Street
||2011 Snow and Ice Removal Guide
Helpful guidelines for home and business owners.
Click here to view the new Snow and Ice Removal Guide
National Grid Storm Safety
As snow piles quickly become snow mountains, and ice and snow continue to fall and accumulate, National Grid urges everyone to take precautions to avoid the potential hazards the wintry weather may present.
Ice and Snow Build Up Poses Risk to Gas Equipment:
The build up of ice and snow around or over gas meters and vents for natural gas appliances can pose a serious safety risk. Ice and snow falling from a roof can damage gas meters or service connections to customers’ homes or businesses, resulting in potential gas leaks. Ice and snow blocking vents have the potential to cause carbon monoxide (CO) to back up into a building, resulting in carbon monoxide poisoning to those inside.
To avoid these dangers, National Grid advises natural gas customers to closely inspect areas around and over gas meters, service hook-ups and vents, for ice and snow. Customers are also encouraged to test CO detectors in the home to ensure that they are in working order.
If you suspect carbon monoxide is present in your home, go outside immediately and breathe deeply; if symptoms are severe, call 911 immediately.
After calling 911, call the following emergency National Grid contact number:
Massachusetts: 800-233-5325 | NH: 800-833-4200 | RI 800-870-1664
Snow Mountains Can Make Electric Wires and Equipment Difficult to See:
Electric lines and equipment may be covered by snow, but remain live and can be hazardous. Always stay at least ten feet away from wires, poles or other company equipment. Don’t climb snow piles below or near overhead lines, and keep pets and children clear of the area. National Grid cautions the public that snow plows, blowers, roof rakes, shovels and other equipment easily become conductors if they come into contact with energized equipment.
Consider any downed wire to be live and dangerous. If you see any fallen lines, broken poles or trees touching wires, keep people and animals away, and please contact National Grid immediately.
VISIT OUR STORM SAFETY PAGE
Who To Call In New England
National Grid customers should report electric-related incidents or concerns by contacting the company’s Customer Service Contact Center at 800-322-3223.
National Grid also provides real-time outage information 24 hours a day, including the option to report an outage, in the Outage Central section of the company web page at www.nationalgridus.com
National Grid is an international energy delivery company. In the U.S., National Grid delivers electricity to approximately 3.3 million customers in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York and Rhode Island, and manages the electricity network on Long Island under an agreement with the Long Island Power Authority (LIPA).
Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency
Snow Ice and Extreme Cold Safety Bulletins
MASSACHUSETTS EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT AGENCY
SITUATIONAL AWARENESS STATEMENT
Wednesday, December 14, 2016 3:34 PM
SUBJECT: High Winds and Dangerous Wind Chills Thursday Night into Friday
Situation: The National Weather Service (NWS) is forecasting extreme cold across the region beginning Thursday night and lasting into Friday morning. Dangerously cold wind chills of 10 to 25 below zero are forecast as overnight lows drop into the single digits to several degrees below-zero with sustained northwest winds of 20-30 mph and gusts of up to 60 to 65 mph possible Thursday night between 8 PM and 4 AM.
Accumulating snow is forecast starting Friday night into Saturday morning. Snowfall totals could reach 1-3 inches along the coast and 3-6 inches across interior New England, with up to 8 inches possible over high terrain such as the Berkshires. Snow is expected to change over to rain during the day on Saturday.
Impacts: Impacts related to extreme cold may include:
* Potentially life-threatening wind chills
* Frostbite and hypothermia possible for those without proper protection from the cold
* Possible increase in fires from alternative heating sources or people trying to thaw frozen pipes with blow torches
* Possible carbon monoxide poisoning from alternative heating sources
* Possible vehicle failure
* Possible water main breaks and pipe bursts
Impacts related to gusty winds may include:
* Isolated power outages
* Downed tree limbs
Warnings and Watches
A High Wind Watch is in effect for southern New England from Thursday evening through late Thursday night. A Wind Chill Watch is in effect for western, central, and interior northeastern Massachusetts from Thursday evening through Friday morning.
The State Emergency Operations Center is operating at Level 1 (Steady State Monitoring). MEMA participated in a Conference call this afternoon with NWS regarding the upcoming weather forecast. MEMA is coordinating with the Department of Public Utilities (DPU) to have awareness of the preparedness actions of the state's public utility companies and to determine whether a partial activation of the State Emergency Operations Center may be necessary. MEMA and DPU will hold a conference call tomorrow morning to discuss utility company preparedness and whether to activate the State EOC.
Preparedness and Safety Information and Links
* Safety and preparedness tips for extreme cold:
* Winter storm preparedness and safety information
* Power outage preparedness and safety information
For additional information and updated forecasts National Weather Service Taunton and National Weather Service Albany.
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.
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.
Utilize MEMA's live weather radar and forecasting tools, including the live snowfall forecast map.
For additional information and resources, visit:
Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency
MEMA's Facebook Page
MEMA Twitter: @MassEMA
Federal Emergency Management Agency
National Weather Service/Taunton
National Weather Service/Albany
National Weather Service Weather Prediction Center
National Weather Service Storm Prediction Center
Northeast River Forecast Center
Mass211 at www.mass211.org
Other Important Resources