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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT  
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE BOSTON/NORTON MA  
900 AM EDT TUE JUL 16 2019  
   
..HURRICANE PREPAREDNESS WEEK IN SOUTHERN NEW ENGLAND
 
 
EVACUATION...  
 
THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE (NWS) BOSTON, MA HAS DECLARED JULY  
15TH THROUGH JULY 19TH AS HURRICANE PREPAREDNESS WEEK. EACH DAY  
THIS WEEK WE WILL HIGHLIGHT A DIFFERENT PREPAREDNESS TOPIC.  
 
DURING HURRICANE PREPAREDNESS WEEK, MAKE SURE YOU HAVE A  
HURRICANE EVACUATION PLAN.  
 
ALONG A COASTLINE, THE MAIN THREAT IS THE STORM SURGE. THE STORM  
SURGE IS SIMPLY WATER FROM THE OCEAN PUSHED TOWARD SHORE BY THE  
WIND. BESIDES THE INTENSITY AND SPEED OF A TROPICAL SYSTEM, THE  
ARRIVAL TIME AND SLOPE OF THE OCEAN BOTTOM PLAY A LARGE ROLE IN  
DETERMINING THE SEVERITY OF A STORM SURGE. A STORM SURGE ARRIVING  
DURING THE PEAK OF A HIGH TIDE WILL BE DIFFERENT THAN THE SAME  
STORM SURGE ARRIVING DURING A LOW TIDE. AREAS WITH A STEEP  
COASTLINE WILL NOT EXPERIENCE AS MUCH STORM SURGE AS AREAS WITH A  
MORE SHALLOW COAST.  
 
WHETHER FROM INLAND FLOODING OR STORM SURGE, THE GOAL OF  
EVACUATION IS TO MOVE FROM A NOT SO SAFE AREA, TO A SAFER AREA.  
THIS DOES NOT NECESSARILY MEAN EVACUEES MUST TRAVEL HUNDREDS OF  
MILES. IN FACT THE SHORTEST TRAVEL DISTANCE TO A SAFE LOCATION IS  
BEST SINCE IT REDUCES TRAFFIC CONGESTION AND MINIMIZES THE CHANCE  
OF ENCOUNTERING OTHER PROBLEMS ON THE ROADWAYS. ALSO REMEMBER IT  
WILL OFTEN TAKE MORE TIME TO REACH YOUR DESTINATION.  
 
STAYING WITH FAMILY OR FRIENDS, OR EVEN AT A HOTEL, OUTSIDE THE  
AREA TO BE IMPACTED BY A TROPICAL SYSTEM IS IDEAL. ANOTHER GOOD  
IDEA IS TO ESTABLISH A COMMON CONTACT OUTSIDE THE IMPACTED AREA  
WHERE FAMILY AND FRIENDS CAN CHECK IN, AND LET OTHER FAMILY AND  
FRIENDS KNOW THEY ARE SAFE.  
 
WHEN EVACUATING, IT IS BEST TO USE THE ROUTES DESIGNATED BY  
AUTHORITIES. THESE ROUTES ARE OFTEN MORE CLOSELY MONITORED, AND  
ASSISTANCE CAN BE PROVIDED MORE QUICKLY. YOU CAN FIND EVACUATION  
ROUTES FOR YOUR AREA BY CONTACTING LOCAL EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT  
OFFICIALS.  
 
IF YOU HAVE PETS, CALL AHEAD TO YOUR CHOSEN DESTINATION. MOST  
PUBLIC SHELTERS DO NOT ACCEPT PETS. IF A PUBLIC SHELTER DOES  
ACCEPT PETS, THEY MUST BE EITHER ON LEASH OR IN A CAGE OR BOX. DO  
NOT FORGET TO BRING PET FOOD, MOST SHELTERS DO NOT PROVIDE IT.  
 
HTTP://FLASH.ORG/HURRICANE-SEASON/EVACUATION-ZONES/FIND-YOUR-  
EVACUATION-ZONES.PDF  
 

 
 
FOR THE LATEST UPDATES...PLEASE VISIT OUR WEBPAGE AT  
WWW.WEATHER.GOV/BOSTON  
 
YOU CAN FOLLOW US ON FACEBOOK AT  
WWW.FACEBOOK.COM/US.NATIONALWEATHERSERVICE.BOSTON.GOV  
 
YOU CAN FOLLOW US ON TWITTER AT  
@NWSBOSTON  
 
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