Welcome to the OEM Winter Safety Webage

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  Paul A. Ricchi Director  

Lynn Fire Department
725 Western Ave.
Lynn MA, 01902

Office of Emergency Management (OEM)

(781) 593-1234
You should dial 9-1-1 if there is an emergency situation

Announcements | Winter 2018


A Blizzard Warning has been issued for Eastern Essex County (which includes Lynn) and extends to Friday January 5th at 1 AM. 7-10 inches of snow is expected in the Lynn area with a risk of coastal flooding and possible power outages. Storm planning is currently underway. Information regarding school closings and parking bans will be available later in the afternoon. Please check this site frequently as well as the Mayors Facebook page and Twitter for updates.

Those who have signed up for Rapid Notify (reverse 911 system) should receive a message with instructions later this afternoon.

Please use the links to MEMA on the Emergency Management Page for more information on Winter Storm preparedness.


A winter storm is predicted to impact the area from late Wednesday night through late Thursday Night. Depending on the track of the storm this could result in coastal flooding and the potential for power outages. City storm planning will begin tomorrow morning as the forecast picture clarifies. Please consult this page as well as the Mayor's Facebook Page and Twitter frequently for the most up to date information. Please review Winter weather safety tips and consult the MEMA website to determine if your home lies within a flood zone.

City of Lynn Snow Emergency Information

List Snow Emergency
  In the event of a Snow Emergency
information will be posted on this website and
also broadcast on the radio and local cable:
WESX AM 1230 – WBQQ l04.9 FM - Comcast Channel 3
Verizon Channels 28 and 37
  Flashing Blue Lights Indicate A Snow Emergency Has Been Declared
Lights are located at the intersections of:
- Market Square
- Market and Broad Streets
- Eastern Ave at Essex Street
- Essex Street at Rockaway Street
- Western Ave. at Waitt Ave.
- Lynnfield Street at Broadway
- O’Callaghan Way at Walnut Street
  2011 Snow and Ice Removal Guide
Helpful guidelines for home and business owners.
Click here to view the new Snow and Ice Removal Guide
  Other Information

National Grid Winter Storm Safety

As snow piles quickly become snow mountains, and ice and snow continue to fall and accumulate, National Grid urges everyone to take precautions to avoid the potential hazards the wintry weather may present.

Ice and Snow Build Up Poses Risk to Gas Equipment:

The build up of ice and snow around or over gas meters and vents for natural gas appliances can pose a serious safety risk.  Ice and snow falling from a roof can damage gas meters or service connections to customers’ homes or businesses, resulting in potential gas leaks.  Ice and snow blocking vents have the potential to cause carbon monoxide (CO) to back up into a building, resulting in carbon monoxide poisoning to those inside.

To avoid these dangers, National Grid advises natural gas customers to closely inspect areas around and over gas meters, service hook-ups and vents, for ice and snow. Customers are also encouraged to test CO detectors in the home to ensure that they are in working order.

If you suspect carbon monoxide is present in your home, go outside immediately and breathe deeply; if symptoms are severe, call 911 immediately. 

After calling 911, call the following emergency National Grid contact number:
Massachusetts: 800-233-5325 | NH: 800-833-4200 | RI 800-870-1664

Snow Mountains Can Make Electric Wires and Equipment Difficult to See:

Electric lines and equipment may be covered by snow, but remain live and can be hazardous.  Always stay at least ten feet away from wires, poles or other company equipment.  Don’t climb snow piles below or near overhead lines, and keep pets and children clear of the area.  National Grid cautions the public that snow plows, blowers, roof rakes, shovels and other equipment easily become conductors if they come into contact with energized equipment.

Consider any downed wire to be live and dangerous.  If you see any fallen lines, broken poles or trees touching wires, keep people and animals away, and please contact National Grid immediately.


Who To Call In New England

National Grid customers should report electric-related incidents or concerns by contacting the company’s Customer Service Contact Center at 800-322-3223.

National Grid also provides real-time outage information 24 hours a day, including the option to report an outage, in the Outage Central section of the company web page at

National Grid
is an international energy delivery company.  In the U.S., National Grid delivers electricity to approximately 3.3 million customers in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York and Rhode Island, and manages the electricity network on Long Island under an agreement with the Long Island Power Authority (LIPA).

Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency
Snow Ice and Extreme Cold Safety Bulletins


This page will be updated as needed.

Preparedness and Safety Information and Links
  *   Safety and preparedness tips for extreme cold:
  *   Winter storm preparedness and safety information
  *   Power outage preparedness and safety information

Stay Informed:
For additional information and updated forecasts National Weather Service Taunton and National Weather Service Albany.

Utilize Massachusetts Alerts to receive emergency notifications and information from the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency and the National Weather Service.  Massachusetts Alerts is a free app that is available for Android and iPhones. To learn more about Massachusetts Alerts, and for information on how to download the free app onto your smartphone.

Utilize MEMA's real-time power outage viewer to stay informed about current power outages in your community and region, and across the state, including information from utility companies about restoration times.

Utilize MEMA's live weather radar and forecasting tools, including the live snowfall forecast map.

Online Resources:
For additional information and resources, visit:
Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency
MEMA's Facebook Page
MEMA Twitter: @MassEMA
Federal Emergency Management Agency
National Weather Service/Taunton
National Weather Service/Albany
National Weather Service Weather Prediction Center
National Weather Service Storm Prediction Center
Northeast River Forecast Center
Mass211 at


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