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Preparation tips for Atlantic Hurricane Season from MEMA

MEMA Logo 2017June 1 marked the official start of the Atlantic Hurricane Season, which runs through November 30. “Now is the time for all residents of the Commonwealth to prepare for the impacts of a tropical storm or hurricane,” said Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) Director Kurt Schwartz.

Know Your Evacuation Zone

Massachusetts has defined hurricane evacuation zones – Zone A, Zone B and Zone C – for areas of the state at risk for storm surge flooding associated with tropical storms or hurricanes. If evacuations are necessary, local or state officials will use these zones to call for people to evacuate. Even areas not directly along a coastline may be at risk. Find out if you live, work, or vacation in a hurricane evacuation zone by visiting the ‘Know Your Zone’ interactive map.

Make an Emergency Plan

Develop a plan with the members of your household to prepare for what to do, how to find each other, and how to communicate in a tropical storm or hurricane. An emergency plan should include:

  • Meeting locations
  • Emergency contact information
  • Evacuation plans
  • Shelter-in-pace plans
  • Considerations for family members with access and functional needs, and pets

For more information, click here.

Build an Emergency Kit

Dog at feetBe sure to include plans for your pets in case of an emergency.

Build an emergency kit containing items that will sustain you and your family in the event you are isolated for three to five days without power or unable to go to a store. Emergency kits are particularly important during hurricane season, with the threat of extended power outages, flooding, and impassable debris-covered roads. Every emergency kit should include bottled water, food, a flashlight, a radio, extra batteries, a first aid kit, sanitation items, and clothing. Depending on your family’s unique needs, emergency kits may also include medications, extra eyeglasses, medical equipment and supplies, children’s items, food and supplies for pets and service animals, etc. Click here for a complete emergency kit checklist.

Stay Informed

Receiving advance warnings and timely emergency alerts and information from public officials is critical to staying safe during a tropical storm or hurricane. Learn more about different types of alerting and information tools.