Mass. Governor Patrick Declares State of Emergency
GOVERNOR PATRICK DECLARES STATE OF EMERGENCY
Winter Storm Presents Challenges from Travel, Power Outages and Coastal Flooding
FRAMINGHAM, MA – At 12:10PM on Sunday, December 26, 2010, Governor Deval Patrick declared a State of Emergency in response to the potential impacts of the winter storm. It is expected to produce widespread heavy snowfall, periods of zero visibility, high winds, power outages, coastal flooding, and beach erosion.
The declaration of a State of Emergency will enable the Governor to take the appropriate steps to mobilize many of the Commonwealth's assets, such as the National Guard, and conduct other emergency business to assist local communities is their response to and recovery from the many impacts of this winter storm.
The Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) is the state agency responsible for coordinating federal, state, local, voluntary and private resources during emergencies and disasters in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. MEMA provides leadership to: develop plans for effective response to all hazards, disasters or threats; train emergency personnel to protect the public; provide information to the citizenry; and assist individuals, families, businesses and communities to mitigate against, prepare for, and respond to and recover from emergencies, both natural and man made. For additional information about MEMA and Winter Preparedness, go to www.mass.gov/mema. Follow MEMA updates on Facebook and Twitter.