Hurricane and severe weather preparedness

Rockport Fire Department
James Doyle, Fire Chief

37 Broadway
Rockport, MA 01966


Rockport Police Department
John Horvath, Chief

168 Main St.
Rockport, MA 01966


Wednesday, Aug. 10, 2016

Contact: John Guilfoil
Phone: 617-993-0003

Rockport Police and Fire Departments Provide Homeowner Tips for Hurricane and Severe Weather Preparedness 

ROCKPORT – As northeastern Massachusetts prepares for storms this week, Fire Chief James Doyle and Police Chief John Horvath are providing safety and preparation tips for residents in the event of severe weather.

The Atlantic Hurricane Season runs from June 1 through November 30. Hurricanes or tropical storms can cause a multitude of problems like power outages, fallen debris and floods that often block roads and repair vehicles, prolonging damage.

"We are expecting multiple storms this week, which could result in severe weather conditions throughout Essex County," Chief Doyle said. "Please make sure to have a plan in place to keep both your family and home secure in case of an emergency."

Chiefs Doyle and Horvath, along with the Rockport Fire and Police Departments, recommend following the following steps, outlined by the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA), to prepare their property for the next tropical storm or hurricane:

• For insurance purposes, make a record of your personal property.  Take photos or videos of the interior and exterior of your home and of your personal belongings. Keep an itemized list of your furniture, clothing and valuables to assist insurance adjusters in case you need to file a claim.

• Protect your insurance policies and other important documents in a secure place like a safe deposit box or a watertight box. Many people also back up important documents online.

• Keep trees and shrubbery around your home trimmed. Remove diseased or damaged tree limbs that could be blown down, causing damage, during a storm.

• Clear clogged rain gutters. Hurricanes and tropical storms often bring torrential rain. Providing clear drainage will help prevent misdirected flooding.

• Make sure storage sheds, children’s playhouses and other outside structures are securely anchored, either to a permanent foundation or with straps and ground anchors.

• Make temporary plywood covers to protect windows and sliding doors. Drill holes for screws or lag bolts in each cover and around each window. 

• Make a list of outdoor items to bring inside in case of a storm, such as lawn furniture, trash barrels, hanging plants, toys, and awnings.

• Learn where gas pilots and water mains are located and how to safely shut off all utilities.

• Consider installing a generator in case of a power outage.

• Lock doors and windows during a storm to ensure that they are closed tight to help protect against strong winds and rain.

"As a coastal community, Rockport residents should make themselves hyper-aware of our changing weather and climate conditions," Chief Horvath said. "We encourage everyone to stay safe as they spend time outdoors in the late summer months."


A message from the Rockport Fire Department