Barnstable County officials brace for weekend snow and winds

BARNSTABLE – Barnstable County officials said they are preparing ahead of winter storm conditions expected this weekend.

As heavy snowfall is forecast for Cape Cod and the islands along with high winds, county officials said they are in communication with utility providers to mitigate damage and service disruptions. .

The six regional volunteer-based shelters on Cape Cod and Nantucket are also on standby, including AmeriCorps Cape Cod, Citizens Corps Council and Medical Reserve Corps.

The full statement from Barnstable County can be found below:

January February 27, 2022 (Barnstable, MA) – the Barnstable County Regional Emergency Planning Committee (BCREPC) met at 4:00 p.m. Thursday afternoon to plan the coordination of the regional response to this weekend’s winter storm.

OVERVIEW/STATUS

  • Heavy snowfall forecast for Cape Cod and the islands
  • Winter Storm Watch is likely to upgrade to Winter Storm Warning tomorrow
  • Snow is expected to start at midnight Friday and intensify Saturday by mid-morning
  • Snowfall will intensify Saturday afternoon with a possible rate of 3 to 4 in/hr. on time
  • Minor to moderate coastal flooding
  • Hurricane-force wind gusts to 75 MPH are expected on Cape Cod
  • Power outages are possible
  • Dangerous conditions for sailors – seas 25 to 30 feet offshore

PREPARATIONS IN PROGRESS

BARNSTABLE COUNTY MULTI-AGENCY COORDINATING CENTER (MACC) STATUS The Multi-Agency Coordination Center (MACC) will be activated Friday evening or early Saturday morning. It will be ready to help cities and local agencies with resources, information and regional coordination during and after the storm. Representatives from utilities, communications and the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) will be present at MACC throughout the storm. MEMA is currently working with state police and DCR to source deep sea rescue vehicles if needed.

UTILITIES | COMMUNICATION

Eversource, National Grid, Verizon, Comcast and Open Cape are preparing for the storm and have secured additional external teams strategically placed on Cape Town and the islands to respond to outages and manage storm-related damage afterwards.

HOST AND VOLUNTEER ORGANIZATIONS

The six volunteer-based regional shelters on Cape Cod and Nantucket are in standby status. AmeriCorps Cape Cod, Citizens Corps Council and Medical Reserve Corps, Salvation Army, American Red Cross, Cape Cod Disaster Animal Response Team, Lower Cape Animal Shelter Team, are mobilizing volunteers and will be ready to help staff shelters if activated. Residents can monitor the current open or closed status of shelters at https://www.bcrepc.org/. All shelters accept pets.

Preparation and coordination is also underway among homeless service providers in the region.

The public is strongly encouraged to prepare accordingly for the potential effects of this storm, including power outages. If you experience a power outage, contact Eversource directly. Call 800-592-2000. Refer to a power outage map at http://mema.mapsonline.net/public.html

AAbout the Barnstable County Regional Emergency Planning Committee:The Barnstable County Regional Emergency Planning Committee (BCREPC) is a coalition of law enforcement, fire services, healthcare, public health, public works, EMS, military and many other affiliated agencies as directed by the Massachusetts State Emergency Response Committee (SERC). It represents the towns of Barnstable, Bourne, Brewster, Chatham, Dennis, Eastham, Falmouth, Harwich, Mashpee, Orleans, Provincetown, Sandwich, Truro, Wellfleet and Yarmouth in Barnstable County, and the town of Nantucket in Nantucket County . BCREPC’s mission is to harness the power of planning, cooperation, and interoperability to help Cape Cod communities mitigate the threat of any hazard that may require a response from multiple jurisdictions.

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