Governor Deval Patrick has issued an Executive Order banning motor vehicle travel beginning at 4:00 PM, Friday, February 8th, until further notice. All motorists MUST be off the roads except
Travel also is allowed if necessary to maintain and deliver critical private sector services such as energy, fuel supplies and delivery, financial systems and the delivery of critical commodities, or to support business operations that provide critical services to the public, including gasoline stations, food stores and hardware stores. Motorists must use their best judgment in determining if travel is permitted under an exception to the ban. Law enforcement is being asked to interpret the exceptions broadly; the objective is to limit traffic as much as possible while allowing critical public and private sector services and functions to use the roads as necessary.
FRAMINGHAM, MA – At 12:00pm on Friday, February 8th, Governor Patrick signed a State of Emergency Declaration for the entire Commonwealth of Massachusetts. This will allow the Commonwealth to use all of our resources, and deploy them in a swift and effective manner. The Massachusetts National Guard has been activated. Once the storm reaches us, their mission will be to assist with evacuations, searches and rescues as well as transporting emergency services personnel, augmenting MEMA Rapid Response Teams and assisting law enforcement with security and traffic control.
The Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) is the state agency responsible for coordinating federal, state, local, voluntary and private resources during emergencies and disasters in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. MEMA provides leadership to: develop plans for effective response to all hazards, disasters or threats; train emergency personnel to protect the public; provide information to the citizenry; and assist individuals, families, businesses and communities to mitigate against, prepare for, and respond to and recover from emergencies, both natural and man made. For additional information about MEMA go to www.mass.gov/mema