MEMA Situational Awareness Statement

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Cape Cod Tornado Update:

The State EOC remains activated with our response partner agencies and staff are in the Barnstable County Multi-Agency Coordination Center supporting local officials.

Shelter at Dennis Yarmouth Regional High School remains open.

At 730AM, ~31K outages: mema.mapsonline.net/public.html 

More info: http://mass.gov/mema/emergencyinfo

 

Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency
Situational Awareness Statement #9
Date: 07.24.19
Time: 8:45 AM
Re: Tornado in Barnstable County

SITUATION
The National Weather Service (NWS) has confirmed that yesterday an ESF 1 tornado touched down in Yarmouth and again in Harwich with pockets of EF1 damage in both locations. Overall damage on the Cape was caused by both a tornado and straight line winds. Significant damage has been reported to wires, trees, and several homes and commercial properties across eight communities in Barnstable County with the greatest amount of damage in the town of Harwich.

County and Local officials are engaging in recovery operations today to impacts from this storm. Recovery operations are expected to last multiple days with a focus on road clearance, power restoration, debris management, continued damage assessment and supporting the needs of communities and their residents.

The Barnstable County Multi Agency Coordination Center (MACC) is activated to support the communities with recovery operations.

The town of Harwich has declared a Local State of Emergency.

WEATHER FORECAST 
The weather forecast for Barnstable County can be summarized as follows: 
• Light rain shower activity should move out of the affected area by as late as 10 am. Thereafter a drying trend with northeasterly winds persisting around 10 to 15 mph with gusts as high as 20 mph diminishing throughout the day. Partial clearing late allowing highs to get up into the low 70s.

OPERATIONS
The MEMA SEOC is activated at Level II (Partial Activation). The following agencies are represented in the SEOC today to support operations.
• MA State Police (MSP)
• Department of Fire Service (DFS)
• Department of Transportation (MassDOT)
• Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR)
• Office of Public Safety and Inspections (OPSI)
• Department of Environmental Protection (DEP)
• Department of Public Utilities (DPU)
o Eversource
• MA Department of Public Health (MADPH)
• American Red Cross (ARC)
• AshBritt (contractor)

MEMA will continue to monitor the situation and will disseminate the next Situational Awareness Statement at 10:00 am.

MEMA Situational Awareness Dashboard:


Local and Regional EOC Operations
• Barnstable County MACC will remain activated today. 
• Harwich, Dennis, and Yarmouth have all activated their EOCs today.

ESF UPDATES/ SUPPORT ACTIVITIES

ESF 1: Transportation
• MassDOT staff and equipment have been deployed to address any issues within the roadway to cut back any trees/limbs and open any restricted lanes.
• Highway District 5
o Activated their debris contract. Currently conducting debris clean-up along Rte. 28
o Have three off Cape crews and two on Cape crews conducting debris clean-up along Rte. 28.
o Sending 3 man crew, 1 one-ton truck and 1 chipper to Harwhich in support of debris clean-up.
• D 3 has three crews and a total of 10 people conducting debris clean-up along Rte. 28.

ESF 6: Mass Care, Emergency Housing and Human Services
• The Dennis Yarmouth Regional High School emergency shelter opened at 7 pm on July 23. The high school is located at 210 Station Avenue, South Yarmouth. Food and sleeping areas will be provided. Pets are welcome.
o Utility workers are using the shelter for respite. 
• Cape Cod Tech High School (Harwich) remains on standby as an emergency shelter. 
• Two Salvation Army mobile feeding vehicles were deployed to provide meal service to Chatham and Harwich first responders and those impacted. The Salvation Army is planning to continue mobile meal, hydration, and distribution tomorrow, in all primary impact towns and will coordinate with ARC to provide meals at the Dennis Yarmouth Regional High School emergency shelter. 
• ARC canteen services at the Harwich Community Center will resume for lunch (12noon) and dinner services.

ESF 8: Public Health and Medical Services
MADPH reports:
• Hospitals are reporting no impacts.
• Two long term care and two assisted living facilities on generator power. 
• Two community health centers are closed due to power loss.
• EMS reporting no issues with transports to area hospitals.
• The Department of Public Health Office of Emergency Medical Services has issued an Alternate Destination Waiver allowing transport to open shelters.

ESF 10 Hazardous Materials and Environmental Protection
• DEP reports there is no damage to critical infrastructure. 
• OPSI reports 2 inspectors are available in Barnstable County as needed to support damage assessments.

ESF 12: Energy
Power outages remain concentrated in the eastern part of the state with the heaviest and most significant damage on the Cape. Addressing safety issues and clearing roads continues. A limited amount of restoration has started with crews stationed on the Cape. However, restoration is expected to be a multi-day event.

Eversource:
• There are approximately 30,900 customers without power. During the overnight, Eversource restored power to over 10,000 (since midnight) customers, focused on damage assessment, cleared the main thoroughfares and addressed community priorities. All of the outstanding FPS calls have been addressed. 
• Today, over 700 crews will be focused on working with the Communities to clear blocked roads and rebuild the distribution system in Harwich, Chatham, Dennis, Mashpee, Barnstable, Brewster, Orleans and Yarmouth. 
• Every Community has designated liaisons 
• The damage assessment is ongoing in the hardest hit areas. Eversource has confirmed there is extensive tree damage, poles down, damaged cross arms and cut-outs and transformers need to be replaced. 
• Eversource will be issuing ETRs at 2pm today.
• Additional highlights include:
o There are no outstanding FPS calls.
o Coordinating with National GRID (dig safe) and Verizon to set poles.
o Continue to work with media on interviews. 
o Notification to life support customers was completed yesterday.
o Notification to the affected general public, regarding safety and wellness was complete yesterday.
o MEMA liaisons and Eversource representatives at the MACC are in place.
o Dedicated Community Relations representatives are assigned to each community.
o Continue to work with Mass National Guard to use Joint Base Cape Cod to lodge external crews.

Snapshot of secured crews:
Crew Type Number confirmed/secured
Internal 145
External line 175
External tree 160
Total Crews 480
Damage Assessors 130
Wire Down Guards 100

Top 5 affected communities (by customer count):

Community % without power Customer outages
Chatham 75% 6,383
Harwich 67% 7,546
Dennis 47% 8,121
Yarmouth 24% 4,416
Mashpee 13% 1,624

 

ESF 13: Public Safety and Security
No significant, related issues were reported overnight. Current staffing levels allow for availability to assist the local communities impacted. Officers assigned in the affected areas will respond to requests for service as they occur and will ensure a coordinated response with local officials. The Department and its resources continue to be available to assist as needed/requested.

RESOURCE SUMMARY
• Debris clearing, saw crews, and front end loaders have been deployed to Dennis, Harwich, and Chatham.
• Utility crews have been deployed to Harwich and Chatman.
• Yarmouth requests for utility crews and debris clearing and saw crews are pending.

AshBritt (contractor)
• 14 crews. The majority of crews have been deployed to Harwich.

POWER OUTAGES 
Total power outages across the state as of 8:47 am: 32,225

Outages by Utility Provider:
• Eversource (Eastern MA): 32177
• National Grid: 48
• Eversource (Western MA): 0
• Unitil: 0

Power Outage Map (as of 08:47 AM)


STAY INFORMED
• For additional information and updated forecasts, see www.weather.gov/boston (National Weather Service Norton) and www.weather.gov/albany (National Weather Service Albany)
• For additional information on tornadoes, see http://www.weather.gov/ctp/TornadoSafety and http://www.spc.noaa.gov/faq/tornado/.
• For additional safety tips please visit https://www.mass.gov/service-details/tornado-safety-tips
• 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: http://mema.mapsonline.net/public.html

ONLINE RESOURCES
Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency at www.mass.gov/mema
MEMA's Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/MassachusettsEMA
MEMA Twitter: @MassEMA
Federal Emergency Management Agency at www.fema.gov
National Weather Service Boston/ Norton, MA at www.weather.gov/boston
National Weather Service/Albany, NY at www.weather.gov/albany
National Weather Service Weather Prediction Center:www.wpc.ncep.noaa.gov/
National Weather Service Storm Prediction Center: www.spc.noaa.gov/
Northeast River Forecast Center: www.weather.gov/nerfc/
National Hurricane Center: www.nhc.noaa.gov
Mass211 at www.mass211.org

Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency

Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency
Situational Awareness Statement #7
Date: 07.24.19
Time: 12 AM
Re: Ongoing Response to Reported Tornado in Barnstable County

SITUATION
The National Weather Service (NWS) preliminary report indicates the damage from the tornado on 7/23/19 began in Yarmouth and ended in Harwich on Cape Cod. The damage on the Cape was caused by both a tornado and straight line wind damage. The greatest amount of damage appears to have occurred in the town of Harwich. The tornado itself touched down in Yarmouth and then touched down again in Harwich with pockets of EF1 damage in both locations. There was extensive tree and powerline damage. The maximum wind speed for the tornado was 110 MPH which equates to a strong EF1 tornado on the enhanced Fujita Scale. A final PNS will be issued with exact latitude and longitude of the start of the first touchdown and the last location where the tornado was on the ground. The final PNS will also contain path length and path width. NWS will issue a final statement later today.

County and Local officials continue to respond to impacts from this storm, and response and recovery operations are expected to last multiple days. Significant damage has been reported to wires, trees, and several homes and commercial properties across eight communities in Barnstable County. A significant response from utility companies and debris management companies is underway. Immediate priorities include clearing roads of debris, making downed power lines safe, assessing impacts, and supporting the needs of communities and their residents.

The Barnstable County Multi Agency Coordination Center (MACC) has activated to support the communities, and the Town of Harwich has declared a Local State of Emergency. Additional response operations will continue overnight and through tomorrow. A shelter has also been opened at Dennis Yarmouth Regional High School. The State EOC remains activated to ensure continued support of these operations.

WEATHER FORECAST
Per the National Weather Service, the weather forecast for Barnstable County can be summarized as follows:
· Showers, mainly after 3am. Low around 63. Calm wind. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.
· Wednesday: Showers, mainly before 8am. High near 74. Northeast wind 9 to 11 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.

OPERATIONS
The MEMA SEOC is activated at Level II (partial activation) and will remain activated overnight and throughout the day. The following agencies are represented in the SEOC to support overnight operations.
MEMA
ARC (ESF 6)
MADPH (ESF
DPU (ESF 12)
MassDOT (ESF 1)
MSP (ESF 13)
AshBritt (contractor)

MEMA will continue to monitor the situation and will disseminate the next Situational Awareness Statement at 6:00 am.

Local and Regional EOC Operations
· Barnstable County MACC will remain activated overnight.
· Yarmouth and Harwich EOC were activated.


REPORTED IMPACTS
The following 8 communities have been impacted. Damage to these communities are primarily downed wires and trees.
Dennis
Chatham
Yarmouth
Harwich
Sandwich
Barnstable
Brewster
Mashpee

ESF UPDATES/ SUPPORT ACTIVITIES

ESF 1: Transportation
· Highway District 5 has activated their debris contract. They are currently assessing their roadways.
· MassDOT staff and equipment have been deployed to address any issues within the roadway to cut back any trees/limbs and open any restricted lanes.
· D5 will have crews coming out to assist tomorrow morning at 7:30am
· D3 will be supporting, having crews coming out to assist starting at 7:30am

ESF 6: Mass Care, Emergency Housing and Human Services
The Dennis Yarmouth Regional High School emergency shelter opened at 7 p.m. The high school is located at 210 Station Avenue, South Yarmouth. Food and sleeping areas will be provided. Pets are welcome.
ARC reports a shelter client count of 2
Additionally, the shelter is lodging 65 utility workers
· Cape Cod Tech High School (Harwich) remains on standby as an emergency shelter.
· Two Salvation Army mobile feeding vehicles were deployed to provide meal service to Chatham and Harwich first responders and those impacted. The Salvation Army is planning to continue mobile meal, hydration, and distribution tomorrow, in all primary impact towns and will coordinate with ARC to provide meals at the Dennis Yarmouth Regional High School emergency shelter.
· ARC canteen services at the Harwich Community Center will resume for lunch (12noon) and dinner services.

ESF 8: Public Health and Medical Services
MADPH reports:
Hospitals are reporting no impacts.
Two long term care and two assisted living facilities on generator power.
Two community health centers are closed due to power loss.
EMS reporting no issues with transports to area hospitals.
The Department of Public Health Office of Emergency Medical Services has issued an Alternate Destination Waiver allowing transport to open shelters.

ESF 12: Energy
· Power outages remain concentrated in the eastern part of the state with the heaviest and most significant damage on the Cape. Addressing safety issues and clearing roads continues. A limited amount of restoration has started with crews stationed on the Cape. However, restoration is expected to be a multi-day event.
· Eversource continues to complete damage assessment, clear the roadways, address community priorities and restore power to the Communities impacted by the tornado.
o Over 700 crews and are focused on cutting and clearing wires down with a heightened focus on main thoroughfares.
Crew Type
Number confirmed/secured
Internal
145
External line
175
External tree
160
Total Crews
480
Damage Assessors
130
Wire Down Guards
100
o Since the tornado landed Eversource has restored power to 38,700 customers.

· National Grid: The MEOC is at the Yarmouth High School 210 Station Ave in Yarmouth, MA and the staging site in Yarmouth is being set up.
o Resource allocation is as follows: 41 National Grid personnel are on the ground, 35 technicians and 6 management personnel.
o I&R crews have physically inspected regulator stations on the Cape and found no issues at any of the stations.


ESF 13: Public Safety and Security
The Massachusetts State Police are continuing to be available to assist the local communities impacted. On-scene resources have been scaled back to a steady, overnight state. Officers have been assigned to the area to respond to requests for service as they occur to ensure a coordinated response efforts with local officials. The Department and its resources are available to assist those impacted as requested.

RESOURCE SUMMARY
· Since the activation, 23 debris crews have been deployed to Chatham and Harwich
o 16 debris clearing crews in Harwich
o 7 debris clearing crews in Chatham
· 7 total active requests for resources into the SEOC; 4 deployed
· Dennis has requested assistance for the morning (0700).
· Utility crews requested for: Harwich, Yarmouth, Chatham
· MassDOT and DCR worked to clear state roads


POWER OUTAGES
Total power outages across the state as of 11:47 PM: 39596

Outages by Utility Provider:
Eversource (Eastern MA): 39300
National Grid: 296
Eversource (Western MA): 0
Unitil: 0

Power Outage Map (as of 1147 pm)

 


STAY INFORMED
For additional information and updated forecasts, see www.weather.gov/boston (National Weather Service Norton) and www.weather.gov/albany (National Weather Service Albany)
For additional information on tornadoes, see http://www.weather.gov/ctp/TornadoSafety and http://www.spc.noaa.gov/faq/tornado/.
For additional safety tips please visit https://www.mass.gov/service-details/tornado-safety-tips
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: http://mema.mapsonline.net/public.html

ONLINE RESOURCES
Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency at www.mass.gov/mema
MEMA's Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/MassachusettsEMA
MEMA Twitter: @MassEMA
Federal Emergency Management Agency at www.fema.gov
National Weather Service Boston/ Norton, MA at www.weather.gov/boston
National Weather Service/Albany, NY at www.weather.gov/albany
National Weather Service Weather Prediction Center:www.wpc.ncep.noaa.gov/
National Weather Service Storm Prediction Center: www.spc.noaa.gov/
Northeast River Forecast Center: www.weather.gov/nerfc/
National Hurricane Center: www.nhc.noaa.gov
Mass211 at www.mass211.org


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