Dear Tribal Community,
With a major winter storm expected to affect the majority of our Tribal citizens over the next few days, please stay safe and take precautions to ensure safety throughout the duration and aftermath of the storm.
Tribal offices will close early today at 11:30 am and all Tribal meetings have been postponed so that tribal citizens and employees can stay off the road. This includes the Tribal Election that was scheduled for Sunday, February 10th. Please see the Election Committee’s notice here.
Please check in on family members and neighbors – especially Elders – if you are able to safely do so.
Our Tribal government has been working hard to communicate with Elders, prepare Tribal resources in case of an emergency, stay in touch with state and local emergency officials, and monitor conditions.
The Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency has provided the following information about the storm and resources in case of an emergency situation:
A significant snowstorm/blizzard is forecasted to impact Massachusetts beginning on Friday February 8th, lasting into Saturday February 9th. Snowfall across much of Massachusetts is expected to be approximately 1-2 feet with locally higher amounts. In addition to snowfall, strong damaging hurricane force winds (gusts up to 80 mph along the coast, up to 50 mph within the Rte 95 corridor, and up to 40 mph further inland) are expected which could lead to widespread power outages. In addition, moderate to major coastal flooding is anticipated along much of the coastline during the Friday evening and Saturday morning high tides.
Travel may become nearly impossible with blowing/drifting snow and near zero visibility during the height of the storm (Friday afternoon into Saturday morning). Motorists are asked to stay off the roads if they can during the storm to allow snow plows to clear the roads.
MEMA encourages smartphone users to download the free ping4alerts! app. This app is available free of charge for iPhone and Android phones and receives severe weather alerts from the National Weather Service and emergency information from MEMA based on the user’s location. Learn more at http://www.mass.gov/mema/mobileapp.
Stay safe, and may the Creator cover you.
Qaqeemasq (Running Bear)