Barnstable County Regional Emergency Planning Committee Media Release on Hurricane Jose

Barnstable County Regional Emergency Planning Committee
Media Release 03 – Hurricane Jose

September 19, 2017

BCREPC Modifies MACC Activation Based on New Guidance
• The BCREPC Multi-Agency Coordination Center (MACC) will activate at 8 a.m. Wednesday.
• No plans for Regional Emergency Shelter System activation.
• Tropical Storm warning in effect.
• Current National Weather Service peak wind forecast: 25-35 mph with gusts to 55 mph.
• Scattered power outages are possible due to fully leafed trees.
• A storm surge of 1 to 2 feet may occur Wednesday and Wednesday night for both south- and east-facing
coastlines.
• Urgent request from the United States Coast Guard to paddle craft owners: pull your craft inland to avoid
needless searches should they be washed out to sea.

BARNSTABLE (MA) September 19, 2017 – At its Tuesday 10 a.m. conference call, the Barnstable County Regional
Emergency Planning Committee (BCREPC) reviewed the latest guidance on Hurricane Jose. Based on this guidance,
the BCREPC changed the activation time of the Multi-Agency Coordination Center (MACC) from 8 p.m. Tuesday to
8 a.m. Wednesday.

STATUS: There are no plans at this time to activate the Regional Emergency Shelter System.
For information about preparedness and the Regional Shelter System visit the Barnstable County REPC website at
www.bcrepc.org. Follow the BCREPC on Twitter @bcrepc.

Additional information on preparedness is available from the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency
(MEMA) at www.mass.gov/mema or the FEMA website at www.ready.gov or call 2-1-1. For specific local
information, citizens should contact the emergency management office in their town.

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About the Barnstable County Regional Emergency Planning Committee (BCREPC)
The BCREPC was founded in September 2002 to assist the communities on Cape Cod and the Town of Nantucket with addressing
hazardous materials emergency planning and response as required by the federal government. Today, the BCREPC has expanded
its scope to include “All Hazard” emergency planning issues such as storm response, sheltering and grants management. The
BCREPC is a coalition of law enforcement, fire service, health care, public health, public works, EMS, military, and numerous
other affiliated agencies as outlined 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. The REPC is coordinated by
the Barnstable County Department of Health and Environment. Visit www.bcrepc.org
Barnstable County Multi-Agency Coordination Center (MACC)
The Barnstable County Multi-Agency Coordination Center (MACC) assists Cape Cod towns during regional emergencies. The
MACC serves as a clearinghouse for regional resource requests and supports the regional emergency shelter system when it is
activated.
BARNSTABLE COUNTY
REGIONAL EMERGENCY PLANNING
COMMITTEE
SUPERIOR COURT HOUSE
POST OFFICE BOX 427
BARNSTABLE, MA 02630
Contact: Kevin Morley
pio@bcrepc.org
508-397-2842
Twitter: @bcrepc
When regional resources are unavailable or exhausted, the MACC elevates requests for assistance to the Massachusetts Emergency
Management Agency (MEMA). The MACC coordinates with a number of agencies and organizations including town emergency
operations centers, utility companies, healthcare facilities, regional transportation operations, the Massachusetts National Guard,
the American Red Cross, the Cape Cod Citizen Corps Council, and other non-governmental organizations.
Barnstable County All Hazards Incident Management Team
The Barnstable County All Hazards Incident Management Team operates the MACC under the authority of the Barnstable County
Regional Emergency Planning Committee. A component of the Barnstable County Regional Emergency Planning Committee, the
Barnstable County All Hazards Incident Management Team was established in 2005 is composed of volunteers from both the public
and private sectors. The highly trained team follows FEMA Incident Command System (ICS) standards and operates within the
framework of the National Incident Management System (NIMS).

Author: Mashpee Chamber of Commerce

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