Emergency Preparedness Subsite
Fires, road closures, gas leaks. How will you find out about citywide emergencies and disasters?
Your safety is our top concern. Early warning helps save lives and property. That’s why the Town of Watertown wants to make sure you know about emergencies and disasters as they happen.
Watertown will use WatertownAlert through the Everbridge SmartGIS System to let you know about issues that may affect your safety.
WatertownAlert will allow the Town of Watertown to contact thousands of residents in seconds so you find out about an emergency right away.
Receive important messages from the Town on your phone, email, and more.
WatertownAlert can deliver messages to you any way you want—on your home phone, cell phone, email, and more. This way, we can reach you in any emergency. We may also use the system in non-emergency situations to let you know about important City-related events, such as meetings, parade closures, or street cleaning changes.
How does it work?
The process begins when the Town issues a message about a potential safety hazard or concern. Messages will be sent to all standard voice and text communication devices, including listed land line phones, cell phones, e-mail, and more. If you don't confirm receipt of the message, the system will try to reach your second contact number or email. The system will continue trying to contact you until it receives a confirmation from you.
Your help is critical.
The success of this service relies on YOU. Having your latest contact information is the only way to ensure that we can contact you in an emergency. Please update your contact information as soon as possible. Updating is easy and only takes a few minutes, CLICK HERE to sign up. Thank you in advance for you cooperation and participation in this important program.
The Watertown Emergency Management Team
Hurricane Season Begins June 1
Although the Hurricane Season in New England is defined as June 1st to November 30th, 75% of the over 40 tropical systems that have impacted our region in the past century have struck during the months of August and September. The last severe hurricane to hit Massachusetts was Hurricane Bob in August 1991. Bob, a Category 2 Hurricane, with winds between 91 and 110mph, caused almost $1 billion in damage. More recently, Hurricanes Edouard (1996) and Bonnie (1998) threatened the Bay State, but veered out into the Atlantic as they traveled up the coast. In 1999, Hurricane Floyd, although weakened to a tropical storm prior to its arrival in the Commonwealth, demonstrated that these storms are not merely ‘coastal events’. Most of that storm’s damage was rain and flood related, causing severe damage as far west as the Berkshires. In fact, some of our most devastating flooding associated with these storms has occurred in Central and Western Massachusetts – up to 17” of rain fell in association with the 1938 Hurricane and 25” of rain fell over a 5-day period in August 1995 from Tropical Storms Connie & Diane. The City of Westfield received 13.15” in a single day!
Southern New England lies in the unenviable position of receiving all three “Hurricane Threats”, depending upon the track and landfall location: 1) Coastal Inundation due to Storm Surge 2) Widespread inland River Flooding and 3) Widespread Wind Damage far inland.
Click here for more information: MEMA Hurricane Information