Preparation for Hurricane Sandy and the Megastorm with it

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Oct 28, 2012 No Comments ›› The Commisioner

Keep these key steps in mind when creating your plan:

  • Identify an out-of-town contact
  • Important phone number for each family member
  • Designate two meeting places: near home and outside your neighborhood
  • Map evacuation routes
  • Locate Neighborhood Emergency Centers
  • Incorporates your family’s unique needs into the emergency plan
  • Learn emergency plans for places your family frequents


Household Emergency Kit

Emergency Kit (Kit en Espanol) is used to shelter-in-place. Keep enough supplies in your home to survive on your own, or , for at least three days. If possible, keep these materials in an easily accessible container. Items to include:

  • One gallon of drinking water per person per day
  • Non-perishable, ready-to-eat canned foods and manual can opener
  • First aid kit
  • Flashlight
  • Battery-operated AM/FM radio and extra batteries
  • Whistle
  • Personal hygiene items
  • Non-Electric phone
  • Child care, pet care or other special care supplies

    Go Bag

    A Go-Bag is a smaller version of the Household Emergency Kit. There should be one Go-Bag for each family member. A Go Bag should be packed in an easy-to-carry container and readily accessible for evacuating.

    • Copies of important documents in a waterproof container
    • Extra set of car and house keys
    • Credit and ATM cards and cash
    • Bottled water and non-perishable food
    • Flashlight
    • Battery-operated AM/FM radio and extra batteries
    • Medication information and other essential health supplies
    • First-aid kit
    • Family contact and meeting place information
    • Child care, pet care or other special care supplies


      Evacuation Warning

      An evacuation warning, or voluntary evacuation, means that is it time to prepare to leave your home and the area.  Gather your family, pets, basic needs and important paperwork and listen for instructions from emergency responders.  If you have special medical needs or have limited mobility, you should prepare to leave the area when an Evacuation Warning is issued.  Those with horses or large animals should also begin to evacuate at this time.

      Evacuation Order

      An evacuation order, or mandatory evacuation, is a directive from the Departments of Sheriff or Fire to leave your home or business immediately.  Failure to follow an Evacuation Order may result in endangerment to the lives of others, personal injury, or death.  Once you have left the area, you will not be permitted to return until the Evacuation Order is lifted.

      Evacuation Routes

      Evacuation routes are marked with evacuation signs. If an evacuation is necessary, the public will be notified via the media, ALERTBoston, and as a last resort, public announcements by emergency personnel.

      The purpose of publicizing the evacuation routes is only to enable the public to familiarize themselves with the options if an evacuation is warranted. Any additional information regarding the use of routes and, in the event that a route has been obstructed or falls in a danger zone, changes in routes will be made public when circumstances warrant their activation.

      The evacuation routes include:
      Storrow Drive Mass Pike Beacon Street
      Commonwealth Avenue Mass Ave I-93
      Columbia Road Dorchester Ave Blue Hill Ave
      Washington Street Hyde Park Ave Jamaicaway
      Huntingon Ave Ted Williams Tunnel Callahan Tunnel
      American Legion Highway Tobin Bridge

      City of Boston Evacuation Routes

      Evacuation Shelter

      The City has established neighborhood emergency shelters all around Boston.  Prior to leaving your home, use the shelter finder tool (IE or Firefox only) to locate the shelter nearest to you.  Evacuation shelters may be set up by the Red Cross at the request of the City, if an area must be evacuated for an extended amount of time.

      Emergency Shelter List


      Shelter-in-Place means the best place to be safe is indoors.  If authorities advise you to shelter-in-place, you should turn off air-conditioner and fan units, seal the gaps around windows and doors, and listen to the radio for authorities to announce the threat has passed.  DO NOTventure out of your shelter area until you are instructed that is it safe to do so.

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