Marion’s Emergency Management Team Shares Pre-Storm Safety Precautions

MARION – Marion’s Emergency Management Committee, led by Chief of Police Richard Nighelli as Director of Emergency Management and Fire Chief Brian Jackvony as Deputy Director of Emergency Management, wishes to share the precautions following security measures before the major winter storm expected this weekend.

Currently, the National Weather Service (NWS) has issued a winter storm watch to include eastern Massachusetts for Saturday, January 29, as the storm is expected to affect the region from Friday night into Saturday. Snow accumulations of up to 20 inches are possible, with wind gusts potentially approaching 65 miles per hour.

Travel conditions are expected to be very difficult, if not impossible, and strong winds could damage trees and property. Power outages, coastal flooding and blizzard conditions are possible.

Residents are reminded that the forecast can change quickly and at any time, and should monitor the local forecast closely over the next few days.

Stay informed

There are currently no plans to open a heated shelter in Marion this weekend. However, Residents are encouraged to monitor the following sources for continued updates should this change:

Marion city website

Subscribe to city e-alerts

City of Marion Facebook

Marion Police Facebook

Marion Incendie/SMU Facebook

Subscribe to Plymouth County Sheriff’s Department Code Red

City officials continue to monitor the storm and are receiving information from the NWS through the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency, and are in contact with Eversource.

Considerations before a winter storm

Keep your vehicle’s gas tank full so you can leave immediately in an emergency and prevent the fuel line from freezing.

Keep a warm coat, gloves or mittens, hat, waterproof boots, extra blankets and warm clothes handy for each member of the household.

Check your emergency kit and restock any missing or insufficient items, especially medications and medical supplies. Keep it nearby.

Prepare for possible power outages.

Make sure you have enough heating fuel. If you have other heating sources, such as fireplaces, wood or coal stoves, or radiators, make sure they are clean and in good working order.

Review generator safety: Never operate a generator in an enclosed space.

Make sure your carbon monoxide detector is working properly and the outdoor vent is free of leaves and debris. During or after the storm, make sure it is plowed.

House fires are common every winter when you’re trying to stay warm. Review ways to keep your home and loved ones safe.

Precautions to take during a winter storm

Stay indoors and wear warm clothes. Layers of loose, lightweight, warm clothing will keep you warmer than a bulky sweater. If you are too hot, remove layers to avoid sweating. if you are cold, add layers.

Bring your pets inside before the storm hits. Move other animals to sheltered areas with an unfrozen water supply.

Check on relatives, neighbors and friends, especially if they are elderly or live alone.

If you must drive in winter conditions, make sure all fluid levels are topped up and make sure the headlights, heater, and windshield wipers are in good working order.

Don’t leave home without the following items: a fully charged cell phone, a car charger and an emergency supply kit in your car. Make sure your kit includes extra layers of clothing and non-perishable food.

If your car is stuck during a storm, stay in the vehicle. If you leave your vehicle, you will quickly become disoriented in the wind-driven snow and cold.

Precautions to take after a winter storm

Stay informed by receiving alerts, warnings and public safety information and pay attention to information provided by local authorities. Residents can also listen to local radio, NOAA radio or TV stations for the latest information and updates.

Stay off the roads and stay indoors, if possible. Give plows and sand/salt trucks the space they need to operate.

Stay cautious even when conditions have improved. Even if the roads have been cleared of snow following a storm, the water that remains on the roads can freeze, causing the formation of a transparent layer of ice, also known as black ice. Black ice is uneven ice on roads that cannot be easily seen.

Know the signs of frostbite and hypothermia

Residents are also asked to help firefighters by clearing snow from fire hydrants during and after the storm. Snow should be cleared 3 to 5 feet all the way around the fire hydrant so that firefighters have enough room to connect a hose.

For more information on winter storm safety, visit NWS or the Red Cross. For any other cold weather safety questions, please visit weather.gov.

Power outage information

We remind residents that they can sign up to receive updates on storms and outages in their area through Eversource. Residents can click here to sign up to receive alerts by text, phone call or email. Eversource will send alerts regarding power failure causes, status updates, and power restoration completion.

Eversource customers can report their outage here, through the mobile app, or by calling 800-592-2000 for assistance. Failures can also be tracked using the failure map. Treat all downed wires as live and dangerous and call 911 to report downed wires. However, please do not call 911 to report an outage or to inquire about restoring power.


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Susan W. Lloyd