EOC Exercise Completed

The Portsmouth Emergency Operations Center exercise activation has been completed. Be sure to PREPARE for future storms. Go to WWW.ready.gov for more information.

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Portsmouth EOC Activation Exercise: Are You Ready?

We’re testing all the systems in our Emergency Operations Center today.  Is your family communications plan up to date?  Remember: There are no second chances at preparedness. To make a plan go to: www.ready.gov/make-a-plan

 

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Post Tropical Storm Hermine Update – 5:30 PM Mon

*** Post Tropical Storm Hermine Update – 5:30 PM Mon ***

Based on the 5:00 PM data from the National Hurricane Center and forecast data from the National Weather Service Taunton office, we expect the current wind conditions to continue overnight and into Tuesday. Winds and wind gusts may intensify somewhat later tonight and into early Tuesday morning. Scattered power outages remain possible in these conditions.

The center of Hermine continues to drift closer to our area, while at the same time the storm is gradually weakening.

Monitor weather sources for the latest information on this storm.

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Post Tropical Storm Hermine Update – Sun 5 PM

*** Post Tropical Storm Hermine Update – Sun 5 PM ***

The latest forecast from the National Hurricane Center, released at 5:00 PM Sunday, predicts that tropical storm force winds will arrive in our area around noon on Monday and persist into Wednesday.

Expect winds to begin increasing later this evening and throughout Monday morning. We may experience winds or wind gusts as high as 50 mph. Secure any loose objects around your home if you have not done so already,

Monitor weather information sources closely.

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Prepare now for tropical storm Hermine

*** Preparing for Tropical Storm Hermine ***

The center of post-tropical storm Hermine is expected to pass just south of our area in the Sunday – Tuesday time frame. We will almost certainly feel the effects of this storm – gusty tropical storm force winds and potentially heavy rain. This will be a long duration event, beginning Sunday around noon and continuing into Tuesday.

Scattered to widespread power outages are possible. Check or replace batteries in flashlights and radios now. Charge cell phone power banks now. Keep vehicles fueled with at least half a tank of gas. Have cash on hand.

Monitor weather information sources closely.

 

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Exercise Portsmouth EOC IPI Unit Standing Down

At 2145 the Portsmouth EOC IPI Unit is standing down. This exercise is completed.

This is an exercise

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Exercise Power has been restored to the Portsmouth EOC Exercise

At 2114 power was restored to the Portsmouth EOC and the IPI Unit is functioning as normal

This is an exercise

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Exercise IPI Unit Operating on Emergency Batteries

Due to a power outage at approximately 2045 the IPI Unit is currently operating on battery power.

This is an Exercise

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EOC Activation Exercise Sun May 22

Hurricane season officially begins on June 1st. Portsmouth EMA is practicing our response procedures and testing all our systems this evening. The Portsmouth Emergency Operations Center (EOC) is fully staffed and bustling with activity.

This blog post is brought to you from the folks in our Internet Public Information (IPI) unit. The IPI Unit is actively monitoring Facebook and Twitter and will post informational messages on both.

Our Emergency Communications (EmComm) Unit is maintaining radio contact with the Portsmouth Fire, Police and Public Works departments. The EmComm Unit is also in contact with the Westerly, RI EOC where a similar training exercise is underway.

Portsmouth EMA conducts EOC activation exercises like this one at least 4 times per year. During an actual emergency the EOC becomes the nerve center for the Town, where Town government leaders and our first responder agencies can effectively coordinate activities to protect our citizens, property, critical infrastructure, and the environment.

The 2016 Atlantic Hurricane forecast predicts a total of 12 named storms, five hurricanes and two major hurricanes this year. Are you and your family prepared for a hurricane?

You can find hurricane preparedness information from FEMA here:

https://www.ready.gov/hurricanes

You can download Portsmouth’s hurricane preparedness brochure here:

http://goo.gl/kA6Ix0

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Internet Restored in Portsmouth

Cox internet service in Portsmouth has been restored according to reports from multiple residents.
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