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  Richard Downey Director

Lynn Fire Department
725 Western Ave.
Lynn MA, 01902

Office of Emergency Management (OEM)

(781) 389-2447

You should dial 9-1-1 if there is an emergency situation

Emergency Preparedness and Planning

Do you know what to do in an emergency?  From having family supplies such as water, food, batteries, first aid kit, medications, can opener, etc. to having a plan, there are steps you can take to be prepared. 

In the event of an emergency, City of Lynn updates and shelter information will be issued through the City of Lynn website at

You can also get City of Lynn updates by connecting through Mayor McGee's Facebook page and the Lynn City Hall Twitter page.

Massachusetts has established a non-emergency help and information line that you can call by dialing 2-1-1.

To learn more about how you and your family can prepare, visit these sites:

You should dial 9-1-1 if there is an emergency situation

Storm Safety Information: Updated July 2022

Ready Tips: Prepare for Hurricanes and Summer Storms

Warm weather for many means enjoying the outdoors with picnics, swimming, and gardening. But summer isn’t always a day at the beach. The chances for both thunderstorms and hurricanes ramp up as the weather heats up.

Although hurricane season began in June, late summer and early fall see the most hurricanes as ocean waters warm. No matter where you live, thunderstorms can be a threat. Lightning injures 182 people and kills 33 people on average each year in the United States. Heavy rain from thunderstorms can lead to flash floods. In addition, tornadoes can form during some thunderstorms.

Here are some tips to stay ahead of the storms this summer:


Download the FEMA Mobile Application |

Thunderstorm, Lightning, and Hail |

National Forecast Maps |

Tornado |

Download this application to your mobile phone and receive real-time alerts from the National Weather Service and be informed about watches and warnings. Also sign up for community alerts in your area.

Emergency Alerts |

Make an emergency plan. Make sure to have extra water and nonperishable foods at home. Get started by having enough supplies for your household, including medication, disinfectants, and pet supplies.

Build A Kit |

Make A Plan |

Prepare Your Pets for Disasters |

Extreme Heat |

If you might have to evacuate, also create a smaller go bag to take with you or keep in your car trunk. Remember that after a hurricane, you may not be able to buy some essential items for days or even weeks.

Know your risk for hurricanes. Hurricanes are not just a coastal concern. Rain, wind, flooding, and even tornadoes can strike far inland from where a hurricane or tropical storm makes landfall.

Hurricanes |

If you live in an area that’s affected by hurricanes, plan in advance how you can evacuate if necessary. Practice your evacuation route with household members and pets, and identify where you will stay. Local emergency managers will provide the latest recommendations based on the threat to your community.

Evacuation |

Make sure to clear storm drains and gutters and bring in outside furniture. Consider installing hurricane shutters if you need added protection against the storm.

When thunderstorms are predicted, plan to move inside a sturdy building or a car with a metal roof. Remember the saying, “When thunder roars, go indoors.” Moving under a tree to stay dry won’t help because lightning often strikes the tallest object in its path.

Thunderstorm, Lightning, and Hail |

Avoid running water or using landline phones. Electricity from lightning can travel through plumbing and phone lines. Unplug computers and other appliances to keep them safe.

Watch out for flooded roads. Just six inches of water that’s moving fast can knock you down. A foot of moving water can sweep your car away.

If a tornado warning is issued for your area, find safe shelter right away. That could be a basement or storm cellar. If there is no basement, get to a small, interior room on the lowest level.

Tornado |

If you are outside and can’t get to a sturdy building, do not get under an overpass or bridge. You’re safer in a low, flat location. Use your arms to protect your head and neck. Watch out for flying debris.

Get the whole family involved in preparing for severe weather this summer. Kids can help build an emergency kit

Build A Kit |

Make A Plan |

They can also help craft a family communication plan so you can contact one another and reconnect if separated during a storm. Knowing you’re prepared can give you peace of mind to enjoy the rest of summer, whatever the weather.


Extreme Heat |

Past Announcements

Governor Baker Proclaims “Hurricane Preparedness Week”
Residents Encouraged to Prepare

FRAMINGHAM, MA – Governor Charlie Baker has proclaimed July 15-21, 2018 to be Hurricane Preparedness Week to emphasize the Commonwealth’s vulnerability to tropical storms and hurricanes and the importance of preparing for the impacts that hurricanes and tropical storms can have on the state’s residents, homes, businesses and infrastructure.

“It is never too early to prepare for a tropical storm or hurricane,” said Governor Charlie Baker. “Planning ahead will help mitigate damage to your property, better protect your family, and reduce the burden on public safety personnel in an emergency situation.”

“MEMA actively works with our communities in Massachusetts and partners across all levels of government to enhance our readiness for the next hurricane or major storm,” said Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito. “We encourage residents take the actions necessary to improve preparedness in the event of a major storm or other type of disaster.”

“While Massachusetts has been spared in recent years from direct hurricane landfalls, it only takes one storm in a season to create major impacts,” said Public Safety and Security Secretary Dan Bennett, “In 2017, Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, & Maria showed the catastrophic destruction that Atlantic hurricanes can cause.”

“All residents should prepare for the impacts of a tropical storm or hurricane,” said MEMA Director Kurt Schwartz. “Hurricanes and tropical storms can affect the entire state, and history has shown that these powerful storms can cause deadly storm surge, heavy inland rainfall and flooding, and destructive winds which can devastate a region.

Know Your Evacuation Zone
Massachusetts has established hurricane evacuation zones in each of the state’s coastal communities.  These zones, designated as Zone A, Zone B and Zone C, identify the areas of coastal communities that are at risk for storm surge flooding from tropical storms or hurricanes. If evacuations are necessary because of an approaching tropical storm or hurricane, local or state officials will use the hurricane evacuation zones to call for people living, working or vacationing in these areas to evacuate. It is important to note that even areas not directly along a coastline may be at risk for storm surge flooding during a tropical storm or hurricane. Find out if you live, work or vacation in a hurricane evacuation zone by visiting the ‘Know Your Zone’ interactive map located on MEMA’s website at

Make an Emergency Plan
It’s important to have plans in case your family needs to take action before or during a storm:

  • Evacuation Plan — Create a family evacuation plan that details where you will go, how you will get there, what you will bring, and what you will do with your pets.
  • Shelter-in-Place Plan — Make sure your family has a plan to shelter in place, which includes stockpiling items you will need to stay comfortable while you are at home. Be prepared to shelter in place for at least 72 hours. 

Make sure your emergency plans address the needs of all of your family members, including seniors, children, individuals with access and functional needs, and pets.

Have an Emergency Kit
Hurricanes can cause extended power outages, flooding, and blocked roads. You should have an emergency kit to sustain yourself and your family for at least 72 hours in case you lose power, are stranded in your home, or nearby stores are closed or damaged. While it is important to customize your kit to meet your family’s unique needs, every emergency kit should include bottled water, food, a flashlight, a radio and extra batteries, a first aid kit, sanitation items, clothing, cash and a charged cell phone. Depending on your family’s needs, emergency kits should also include medications, extra eyeglasses, medical equipment and supplies, children’s items such as diapers and formula, food and supplies for pets and service animals, and other items you or your family members might need during a disaster.

Stay Informed
As a storm approaches, monitor media reports and follow instructions from public safety officials with these tools:

  • Massachusetts Alerts App — Download the free Massachusetts Alerts app for your iOS or Android device. The app provides tropical storm and hurricane warnings, as well as important public safety alerts and information from MEMA.
  • Social Media — Follow your local public safety agencies on social media and MEMA on Twitter (@MassEMA) and Facebook for emergency updates during hurricanes
  • Mass 2-1-1 — Mass 2-1-1 is the state non-emergency call center for disasters. Call 2-1-1 to find out about shelter locations, travel restrictions, disaster assistance programs, and more. Mass 2-1-1 is free and available 24/7.
  • Local Emergency Notification Systems — Check with your local emergency management director to see if your community uses an emergency notification system and how to sign up.

For more information, visit the Hurricane Safety Tips section of MEMA’s website at

About MEMA
MEMA is the state agency charged with ensuring the state is prepared to withstand, respond to, and recover from all types of emergencies and disasters, including natural hazards, accidents, deliberate attacks, and technological and infrastructure failures. MEMA's staff of professional planners, communications specialists and operations and support personnel is committed to an all hazards approach to emergency management. By building and sustaining effective partnerships with federal, state and local government agencies, and with the private sector - individuals, families, non-profits and businesses - MEMA ensures the Commonwealth's ability to rapidly recover from large and small disasters by assessing and mitigating threats and hazards, enhancing preparedness, ensuring effective response, and strengthening our capacity to rebuild and recover. For additional information about MEMA and Emergency Preparedness, go to

Continue to follow MEMA updates on Twitter at; Facebook at; YouTube at

Massachusetts Alerts: to receive emergency information on your smartphone, including severe weather alerts from the National Weather Service and emergency information from MEMA, download the free Massachusetts Alerts app. To learn more about Massachusetts Alerts, and for information on how to download the free app onto your smartphone, visit:

Hurricane Preparation, Information and Resources

Hurricane Safety Information

"Are You Ready?"
Hurricane Information Posted Below
English | Spanish
(PDF Format)

"Know Your Zone"
Evacuation may be necessary during a hurricane or tropical storm due to risk of storm surge. Storm surge is an abnormal rise of water generated by a storm, over and above the predicted astronomical tide. The destructive power of storm surge and large battering waves is often the greatest threat to life and property during a storm, and can result in loss of life, destroyed buildings, beach and dune erosion, and road and bridge damage along the coast. 

If you live, work, or plan to vacation in one of Massachusetts’s coastal communities, or near a river or other waterway connected to the ocean, you should "Know Your Zone." View the interactive map here or the evacuation zone maps for your community to learn whether your home or business is in a pre- designated hurricane evacuation zone.

FEMA | Prepare.Plan.Stay Informed Website
FEMA | Flood Information
Massachusetts Emergency Information
NATIONAL GRID | Storm Safety Page
National Hurricane Center
| Currrent Hurricane Updates

New Item Acrobat Documents For Download (PDF)
  Hurricanes and How To Prepare For Them | English
  Hurricanes and How To Prepare For Them | Spanish

Weather and Tracking Information--


NOAA Hurricane Center--

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Weather Channel Hurricane Cemtral Page--

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Stormpulse Hurricane Tracker--

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Mass Emergency Management Agency--

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Hurricane Preparedness Tips--

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Pet Safety During a Hurricane--

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Federal Emergency Management--


FEMA Mitigation Minute Bulletin for July 18, 2018 Website Link

National Hurricane Center

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Ready America Hurricane Safety--

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