Weather Update for Friday March 28, 2014 on the Weekend Coastal Storm

National Weather Service Emergency Manager Briefing:

 

 

MARCH 28, 2014
9:00 AM

 

FROM THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE:

 

A storm system tracking across the Mid Atlantic region will spread rain into the region Saturday Afternoon with rain and/or snow & wintry mix for Saturday night into Sunday morning.  There is high confidence of Heavy Rains that will impact all of Southern New England.  The exact track of the storm is uncertain and will affect the location of the highest amounts of rain.


The combination of relatively warm temperatures and the potential for significant rainfall may lead to ice jam flooding Saturday night into Monday.  Localized flooding from runoff and clogged drains may also lead to ponding of water on roadways.

 

 

Impacts:

 

·         Rain: widespread 2-4”, heavy at times

·         Coastal flooding and coastal erosion

·         Ponding of water on roads, difficult driving conditions

·         A few rivers may reach action stage

 


Timing:

 


·         Heavy Rains: Saturday afternoon through Monday.

·         Coastal Flooding: Sunday night (midnight) and Monday midday (noon)

·         Urban Flooding: Saturday afternoon through Monday

·         River Flooding: Sunday and Monday (low confidence)

 

 

Coastal Flooding:

 

 

·         The main concern is the Sunday night (midnight) high tide and Monday midday high tide


·         Minor coastal flooding likely along the east coast with possible pockets of moderate coastal flooding.


·         Coast erosion is also likely as waves impact the coast over multiple tide cycles.

 


Winter Weather:

 


·         A winter weather advisory is in effect for Northern Berkshire, Franklin, Hampshire, Eastern Hampden and Northern Worcester counties.


·         Generally an inch of snow/sleet and possibly up to a tenth of an inch of ice will accompany this storm.

 

 

MEMA Operations:

 


MEMA’s Emergency Operations Center is currently at Level I (Steady State/Monitoring).  MEMA continues to monitor the situation and will provide updates as necessary.

 

 

Stay Informed:

 
For additional information and updated forecasts, see www.weather.gov/boston<http://www.weather.gov/boston> (National Weather Service Taunton) and www.weather.gov/albany<http://www.weather.gov/albany> (National Weather Service Albany).

 

To receive emergency notifications and information from the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency and the National Weather Service on your Android or iPhone, download MEMA’s emergency alerting app Ping4Alerts!.  For further information and detailed download instructions, visit www.mass.gov/mema/mobileapp<http://www.mass.gov/mema/mobileapp>.
 

 

Michael E. Russas, MEP
Response and Field Services Section Chief
Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency
508-820-2018 (Office)
508-820-2000 (24/7 Communications Ctr.)

 

 

LGBT Pet Bereavement Group

For Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Adults

 
• Monday evenings 6:30 P.M. to 8:00 P.M.
• April 28 – June 23
• Brookline

 

For LGBT adults of any age who are experiencing the loss of a beloved pet.
In the absence of children, and sometimes even partners or spouses, pets take on a very significant role in the homes of some lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) adults. Coping with the loss of a beloved pet can be a lonely endeavor; not everyone understands how your pet was an important source of companionship, joy and unconditional love. Come and be with other LGBT people coping with a similar loss.

 

About the LGBT Bereavement Program:

 

The LGBT Bereavement Groups are funded by the Mass Department of Public Health and facilitated by Ethos and The LGBT Aging Project, a Program of Fenway Health. All groups are free and run for 8 weeks. All groups require pre-registration.

 

For more information contact:
Bob Linscott
blinscott@fenwayhealth.org
857.313.6578

 

 

Observing LGBT Health Awareness Week

A statement by HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius

 

LGBT Health Awareness Week is an important time to bring attention to the unique health needs of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) Americans and to highlight the progress we’ve made in our work to ensure LGBT Americans have the same rights and protections as other Americans, especially through implementation of the Affordable Care Act.

 

It’s critical for the LGBT community and all Americans to remember that Monday, March 31 is the last day of open enrollment and those who miss out can’t get covered through the Marketplace until 2015.

 

Access to affordable care has long been an obstacle to good health and financial security for the LGBT community and all Americans.  On average, LGBT Americans suffer from higher rates of cancer, obesity, HIV/AIDS and mental illness than the rest of the nation. For those with chronic conditions such as HIV/AIDS, dollar caps on annual and lifetime coverage meant astronomical bills and debt for many in the community.

 

But thanks to the Affordable Care Act, it is a new day. Lifetime and annual dollar caps are a thing of the past and no one can be denied coverage based on their health history.

 

Legally married couples are treated equally when it comes to coverage or financial assistance, no matter who they are married to.  And, for the first time, Marketplace coverage is now affordable for the LGBT community and Americans all over the country.

 

Remember: Monday, March 31 is the last day of enrollment – that’s only five days left to get everyone covered who still needs it.

 

This Administration is committed to improving the health of all Americans, including LGBT Americans, and we look forward to continuing this work during LGBT Health Awareness Week and beyond.

Weather Update for Wednesday March 26, 2014 on Winter Storm 11:15 AM Update

MARCH 26, 2014 11:15 AM

SITUATIONAL AWARENESS STATEMENT #6

WINTER STORM

FROM THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE:

As of mid-morning a powerful winter storm continues to impact the southeastern coastline, Cape Cod and the Islands. As of 10:30 AM reported impacts include: heavy snowfall, high winds, localized power outages, and minor coastal flooding. The storm is expected to continue to impact the outer Cape and Islands during the day before ending west to east late this afternoon.

Power Outages (as of 11:00 AM):

  • Outages by utility provider:
  • NSTAR: 9,937 (Mostly Cape Cod, Plymouth, and Martha’s Vineyard)
  • National Grid: 6,171 (Mostly Nantucket and Everett)
  • WMECO: 371
  • Unitil: 0
  • Total: 16,479
  • NSTAR and National Grid have crews staged on the Cape and Islands.
  • Power outages have increased significantly in the past hour and are expected to continue to increase through the afternoon as high winds prevent line crews from addressing outages.

Local EOC Activations:

  • The Barnstable County Multi-Agency Coordination Center (MACC) remains activated.

Shelter Operations:

Nantucket High School has been opened as a warming center.

Transportation Status:

  • Pavement temperatures and air temperatures are below freezing across the Commonwealth.
  • MassDOT District 5 (SE MA) remains in in snow/ice operations. Districts 2, 3, 4, and 6 have deactivated their snow desks and District 1 reports normal operations.
  • The Steamship Authority has suspended ferry service to Nantucket and Martha’s Vineyard until seas improve.
  • The Cape Cod Regional Transit Authority has suspended operations until 12:00PM.
  • Barnstable Municipal Airport is closed.

The NWS has issued the following Watches/Warnings/Advisories for Massachusetts:

  • A Blizzard Warning is in effect for the Cape and Islands through 4 PM with 5 to 10” of snow expected (highest amounts on the outer Cape and Islands) and wind gusts to 70 MPH.
  • A Hurricane Force Wind Warning is in effect through 2 PM for Southeastern New England Outer Waters.
  • A Winter Weather Advisory is in effect for Southeastern Massachusetts (Plymouth and Bristol Counties) through 2 PM.
  • A High Wind Warning is in effect through 8 PM for Southeastern Massachusetts, Cape Cod and the Islands through 8 PM with a Wind Advisory in effect for the remainder of Southern New England.
  • A Storm Warning is in effect through 2 PM for Massachusetts Bay, Cape Cod Bay, Nantucket Sound, Buzzards Bay, and Vineyard Sound.

MEMA Operations:

  • MEMA’s Emergency Operations Center is currently at Level II (Partial Activation) with representatives from MEMA, MassDOT, State Police and Department of Public Utilities.
  • MEMA continues to monitor the situation and provide updates as necessary.

Attachments: None.

Stay Informed:

For additional information and updated forecasts, see www.weather.gov/boston (National Weather Service Taunton) and www.weather.gov/albany (National Weather Service Albany).

To receive emergency notifications and information from the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency and the National Weather Service on your Android or iPhone, download MEMA’s emergency alerting app Ping4Alerts!. For further information and detailed download instructions, visit www.mass.gov/mema/mobileapp.

Michael E. Russas, MEP

Response and Field Services Section Chief

Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency

508-820-2018508-820-2018 (Office)

508-820-2000508-820-2000 (24/7 Communications Ctr.)

Weather Update for Wednesday March 26, 2014 on Winter Storm

MASSACHUSETTS EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT AGENCY

State Emergency Operations Center

March 26, 2014 Winter Storm

Situation Report # 1

Issued 03/26/2014  at 0745

Operational Period: 03/26/2014 0600 TO 03/26/2014 1700

Activation Level 2 (Partial)

 

For additional information regarding this situation report, contact Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) by phone at (508) 820-2000(508) 820-2000/ (800) 982-6846(800) 982-6846. Situation Reports will be updated once per operational period.

 

CURRENT SITUATION

A powerful winter storm is impacting the region through the morning, pulling east gradually through the afternoon. Heavy snow and strong damaging northerly winds, creating blizzard conditions, are expected across Cape Cod and the Islands, with lesser impacts north and west of the Cape Cod Canal. A very tight snow gradient is expected with lighter snow and wind gusts expected from the Boston to Providence corridor. The morning commute will be especially impacted on the Cape and Islands with near-zero visibility due to snow and strong winds.

 Hazards associated with this storm include significant amounts of snowfall across Cape Cod and the Islands, high winds, and moderate coastal flooding and splash over for north and east facing Cape and Nantucket shorelines. In addition, this will be a dangerous storm for mariners, hurricane force wind gusts exceeding 64 knots and seas 20-25 feet for waters east and southeast of Cape Cod and Nantucket are expected.

 

SEOC Activation Level

The State Emergency Operations Center (SEOC) in Framingham transitioned to a Level 2 (Partial) Activation as of 6:00 am this morning. In addition, MEMA staff from Region II are present in the Barnstable County MACC in support of local communities.

 Local EOC Activations

As of 7:00 AM, the following local have activated their Emergency Operations Center (EOC):

·       Sandwich  

·       Barnstable County (MACC)

 

OPERATIONAL OBJECTIVES/PRIORITIES

The operational objectives/priorities for the SEOC are as follows:

·       Monitor incident impacts, including roadway conditions, wind impacts, and coastal flooding.  

·       As necessary, support local communities with incident response.

·       Track and report power outage information and open shelter status and populations.

WEATHER

Watches and Warnings

The National Weather Service (NWS) has issued the following watches, warnings and advisories for Massachusetts:

·       A Blizzard Warning is in effect for the Cape and Islands through 2 PM with 5 to 10” of snow expected (highest amounts on the outer Cape and Islands) and wind gusts to 70 MPH.

·       A Hurricane Force Wind Warning is in effect through 2 PM for Southeastern New England Outer Waters.

·       A Winter Weather Advisory is in effect for Southeastern Massachusetts (Plymouth and Bristol Counties) through 2 PM.

·       A High Wind Warning is in effect through 8 PM for Southeastern Massachusetts, Cape Cod and the Islands through 8 PM with a Wind Advisory in effect for the remainder of Southern New England.

·       A Storm Warning is in effect through 2 PM for Massachusetts Bay, Cape Cod Bay, Nantucket Sound, Buzzards Bay, and Vineyard Sound.

·       A Gale Warning is in effect for Boston Harbor and Narragansett Bay through 2 PM

 Timing

·       Snowfall will be intense in areas of Cape Cod and the Islands through the morning commute and into mid-day. 5 to 10 inches total are expected.

·       Snow will taper off west to east and ending by 4 PM.

 Potential Snowfall Totals

·       5” to 10” across Cape Cod and the Islands

·       2” to 4” across Southeastern Massachusetts (Bristol and Plymouth Counties)

·       Less than 1” to 2” along the Boston to Providence Corridor 

 

Current Snowfall Totals

As of 7:00 AM, Skywarn reported the following snowfall totals:

 Harwichport, MA: 2.0″

Eastham, MA: 1.0″

Nantucket, MA: 3.0″

West Tisbury, MA: 1.3″

Waquoit, MA: 1.0″

Wellfleet, MA: 0.8″

East Falmouth, MA: 0.5″

Centerville, MA: 0.5″

Acushnet, MA: Dusting

Fairhaven, MA: Dusting

New Bedford, MA: Dusting

West Falmouth, MA: Dusting

 Winds

·       Cape Cod and the Islands: Strong to damaging winds through 8PM are expected with Northerly Winds 30 to 40 MPH gusting to 70 MPH. Worst conditions expected across the outer Cape and Nantucket with the potential for brief gusts to Hurricane Force.

·       Remainder of Southern New England: Winds North to Northwest 20 to 30 MPH with gusts to 40 to 55 MPH.

 Coastal Flooding

·       High Tide this morning between 8 and 9 AM

 

·       Cape Cod & Nantucket (especially the north-shores): minor to moderate coastal flooding with a storm surge of 2.5 to 3.0 feet with waves of 20 to 25 feet possible. A number of vulnerable shore-roads including several about the Nantucket harbor area will be subject to flooding. Significant erosion is also likely along the Cape Cod Bay and ocean sides of Cape Cod and the east side of Nantucket.

·       Eastern Massachusetts (south of Boston and Martha’s Vineyard): minor coastal flooding is likely with isolated pockets of moderate coastal flooding between Hull and Plymouth, MA. Flooding of especially vulnerable shore-roads may cause brief closures around the time of high tide. Some erosion is also possible to shorelines exposed to high-wave activity.

Other Weather Related Concerns:

·       Blowing and drifting snow may cause poor roadway visibility of ½ to ¼ of a mile.

 OPERATIONAL SUPPORT ACTIVITIES

·       None at this time

 

STATUS UPDATES

The following Emergency Support Functions (ESFs) are activated at the SEOC:

 

·       MAESF 1(Transportation): Mass Department of Transportation

·       MAESF-12 (Energy): Department of Public Utilities

·       MAESF-13 (Public Safety and Security): Massachusetts State Police

 

 

Infrastructure Status

·       None to Report at this Time

 

Energy Status

 

As of 7 AM, MAESF 12 reports the following power outages throughout MA:

·       National Grid: 263

·       NSTAR: 5

·       WMECO: 20

·       Unitil: 0

Total outage numbers: 288

 

 

Transportation Status

 

MassDOT reports the following statewide district conditions and impacts:

 

·       Districts 3 through 6 (Central and Eastern) have activated their snow desks are in Snow & Ice Operations.

·       District 1 and District 2 (Western Massachusetts) are at normal operations. 

·       Air and pavement temperatures are below freezing across the state.   

·       475 Pieces of equipment and 381 MassDOT employees deployed.

 

Transit: General Conditions and Impacts:

·       Martha’s Vineyard RTA reports that the Park and Ride (Route 10) will not operate today.

·       The Steamship Authority has temporarily suspended ferry service for the Islands of Martha’s Vuneyard and Nantucket. Service will resume when sea conditions improve.

 

Aviation: General Conditions and Impacts:

·       Boston Logan International Airport reporting no significant delays at this time. MassPort requests passengers scheduled to fly out of Logan today should contact their airline before leaving for the airport.

 

Safety and Security

MA State Police (MSP)reports the following:

·       State Police Troop “D” in Middleboro/Southeastern Massachusetts is the only region experiencing any storm conditions at this time. The Troop is reporting minor snow accumulation across the Troop.

·       No significant roadway impacts reported as of 7:30 AM.

·       Heavy winds being experienced throughout the areas.

 

Public Information

MEMA’s Public Information Office reports no updates for this morning. Power outage safety tips have been posted to MEMA’s website.

 

Additional Resources

 

·       MEMA: www.mass.gov/mema

·       National Weather Service Taunton: www.weather.gov/boston

·       National Weather Service Albany: www.weather.gov/albany

 

To receive emergency notifications and information from the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency and the National Weather Service on your Android or iPhone, download MEMA’s emergency alerting app Ping4Alerts!.  For further information and detailed download instructions, visit www.mass.gov/mema/mobileapp.

 

 

Significant and Potentially Dangerous Coastal Storm Late Tonight into Wednesday March 25th – 26th, 2014

National Weather Service, Tuesday Morning March 25 Update, National Weather Service, Boston,MA

 •Powerful ocean storm will impact southeast New England tonight into Wednesday.

•Low to moderate confidence in heavy snow & strong to damaging northerly winds across Cape Cod & the Islands, lower confidence north and west of the Canal. This combination could create blizzard conditions for the Cape and Islands.

•The Wednesday morning commute will be impacted on the Cape and Islands and may affect the Boston to Providence corridor as there could be some snow accumulation there as well. A shift in the projected storm track can change the outcomes significantly.

•This will be a dangerous storm for mariners. Storm force wind gusts around 50 knots and seas 20 to 25 feet are possible for the waters just east of Cape Cod and Nantucket. There is a low risk of hurricane force wind gusts.

•There is also the potential for coastal flooding with the high tide on Wednesday morning, especially for the north and east facing shorelines of Cape Cod and Nantucket.

 Watches

•Blizzard Watch and High Wind Watch Cape and Islands

•Winter Storm Watch rest of SE MA and SE RI

•Coastal Flood Watch Cape and Nantucket

•Storm Watch for most of the waters with a Storm Warning for the Eastern Massachusetts ocean waters

 Storm Highlights: What-Latest Thinking

•Moderate to Heavy Snow

•Timing: 5 am to 2 pm Wednesday

•Impacts: Heavy falling snow as well as blowing snow reducing visibility.

•Confidence of Area of Impacts:

-Moderate Confidence … for Cape Cod and islands

-Low Confidence … Rest of southeast Massachusetts and southeast Rhode Island.

Overall Forecast Confidence: Moderate

 Storm Highlights: What-Latest Thinking

•Strong to Damaging Winds

•Timing: 5 am to 5 pm Wednesday

•Impacts: Northerly winds gusting to 60 mph may result in downed trees and power lines with resultant scattered power outages. Winds will combine with heavy snow to create blizzard conditions across Cape Cod and the islands.

•Confidence:

-Moderate to High Confidence … Winds approaching high wind criteria (gusts to 60 mph) across Cape Cod and the Islands.

-MARINERS: High Confidence … Storm Warnings/Watches (winds greater than 48kts) for a good portion of the waters w/ Gale Watches (winds 34-47kts) everywhere else

-AVIATION: High Confidence in LLWS of 40-60kts at 2000ft

Overall Forecast Confidence: Moderate

Storm Highlights: What-Latest Thinking

•Potential Coastal Impacts

•Timing: Wednesday Morning high tide 8 to 9 am

•Impacts: Potential for minor to pockets of moderate coastal flooding and significant erosion along north and east facing shorelines of Nantucket and Cape Cod.

•Minor coastal flooding may occur along the Plymouth County coastline and portions of the Martha’s Vineyard coast.

•Confidence:

-Moderate to High Confidence in overall Coastal Flooding

-MARINERS: Moderate Confidence … Wave heights of 20 to 25 feet east of Cape Cod and east of Nantucket.

Overall Forecast Confidence: Moderate

 Closing Remarks: National Weather Service, Boston, MA

•Potential blizzard conditions for Cape and Islands. No changes to winter headlines this morning given uncertainty in storm track. However, added high wind watch for the Cape and Islands.

•Less confident on impacts elsewhere in southeast New England but at least some accumulation likely to Boston to Providence corridor.

•Minor to pockets of moderate coastal flooding potential with beach erosion along portions of Cape Cod and Nantucket shorelines.

•Dangerous storm for mariners with Storm Force wind gusts (48-63kt) and seas 20 to 25 feet just east of Cape Cod and Nantucket.

Questions? •Latest information: –www.weather.gov/boston

•Area Forecast Discussion

•Hazardous Weather Outlook

•Call us: 508-823-2228508-823-2228

•NWSChat Online –https://nwschat.weather.gov

•E-mail: –box.operations@noaa.gov

National Weather Service Boston, MA

ADAPT Occupation of New York State Nurses Association Surpasses 100 Hours

Source: ADAPT  Follow ADAPT on Facebook and Twitter for updates.

 The ADAPT activists who have occupied the offices of the New York State Nurses Association (NYSNA) appreciate the outpouring of support from the disability community and others across the nation. It has been over 100 hours since members of New York State ADAPT started the occupation of the NYSNA offices because the union opposes amending the Nurse Practice Act to allow attendants to do health-related tasks. Throughout the occupation, ADAPT has negotiated with the nurses’ union in good faith to get their support for nurse delegation so people who need assistance with health-related tasks – including medication administration, ventilator care, assistance with catheters, suppositories and feeding tubes – can get that assistance in the community from attendants.

 By allowing advanced home health aides to do health related tasks, New York State will be able to implement the Community First Choice (CFC) Option.

 This Medicaid State Plan Option would assure that any individual eligible for institutional placement is able to access services and supports to live in the community. Under CFC, NYS would receive additional federal funding and would significantly expand the services and supports for people with disabilities living independently. Additionally, after expanding the availability of services, it is estimated that CFC – at full implementation – would generate an extra $340 million a year, every year.

 On Wednesday, when ADAPT first arrived at NYSNA, there was significant disagreement about the provision of assistance with health related tasks, and the advocates were concerned that NYSNA’s advocacy was focused on preventing people with disabilities from getting assistance with key health-related tasks to live independently. ADAPT explained that “full implementation of the Community First Choice Option” means that no person with a disability should be forced into an institution because they cannot get assistance with health-related tasks.

 Through the negotiations, ADAPT secured a statement from NYSNA supporting “the rights of all New Yorkers to be independent in their own homes, and the rights to any and all care needed to maintain that independence.” In that same statement, NYSNA said “To be clear, NYSNA fully supports the implementation of the Community First Choice program.” NYSNA also proposed alternative legislative language amending NYS education law to allow advanced home health aides to do health-related tasks. ADAPT is now being told that NYSNA’s language creates a contradiction between education law that would authorize nurse delegation and the Nurse Practice Act in health law that precludes this.

 “We are not union lobbyists or lawyers; nor are we governmental officials or legislators. We are people with disabilities who want to secure our civil right to live in freedom in the community. We are also activists, and we will hold the union, legislature, and our governmental officials accountable.

 We have fought for 24 years to secure the right to live in the community rather than be forced into institutions. We will not wait any longer, so NYS ADAPT is continuing our occupation of the NYSNA offices.”

 

Demands

 Because of the legal problems that appear to be created by NYSNA’s proposed language, NYS ADAPT demands that NYSNA immediately provide a compelling legal analysis demonstrating that their language does not – in fact – create a contradiction between health and education law. If NYSNA is unable to provide such a compelling legal argument, it must agree to address the contradiction by supporting the addition of a “notwithstanding clause” to their language or support an amendment to the Nurse Practice Act.

NYS ADAPT further demands that the New York State Assembly Democrats ensure the civil rights of people with disabilities by supporting budget language that authorizes advanced home health aides to do health-related tasks, and if necessary, amends the Nurse Practice Act in order to fully implement the Community First Choice Option, end the Medicaid institutional bias, and FREE OUR PEOPLE!