Cancellations & Emergency Guidelines

Cancellations and Emergency Information

  1. If a Sunday service is cancelled, members and friends who are listed in the congregation's directory will receive a telephone call - if your phone is working. To be sure you are listed, call the church office at 508-457-0449 and give your land line and cell phone numbers.
  2. Check your computer for e-mail alerts. Again, notify the church office about your email address.
  3. When power fails, use a battery-operated radio for news. Radio stations WQRC (99.9 FM) and WCAI (90.1 FM) are asked to announce our cancellations.
  4. When Sunday services are cancelled because of bad weather, the announcement is usually made on Saturday afternoon.
  5. Check recordings on the fellowship telephone number 508-457-0449.  
  6. If you have questions about a particular meeting or project, or for any program scheduled for outside of the meetinghouse, contact the program organizers directly.
  7. When in doubt about cancellations, use common sense about venturing out into bad weather.


Preparation is the most important step in surviving an extreme weather event. Preparations which are ongoing should include:

1. Know what emergencies or disasters are most likely to occur
2. Have a family disaster plan and practice it
3  Have an Emergency Preparedness Kit that you can use at home or take with you in case you must evacuate. Include:
  • Water - 1 gallon per person a day, enough for 3 days
  • Food - canned or dried, enough for 3 days
  • Manual can opener
  • Working flashlight - test periodically
  • Extra batteries
  • First aid kit
  • Medications - 7 day supply
  • Battery back-up for electric medical equipment
  • Sanitation & personal hygiene items
  • Copies of personal documents*
  • Emergency contact information for family & friends
More considerations:
  1. If your health is fragile, go to an emergency shelter before the storm hits
  2. Be sure you can open your garage door without using electricity.
  3. Have a plan and supplies for your children and pets.
  4. Keep a fire extinguisher handy and know how to use it
  5. Keep extra car and house keys,  have some cash handy, know your town's shelter provisions and locations.
  • Radio and Internet Information:
  • Not all radio stations are live. Please be aware that many radio stations are pre-recorded or broadcast for national distribution.
  • Cape Cod Stations:
  • WQRC (99.9 FM)
  • WCAI (90.1 FM)
  • WCIB (102 FM)

Internet Weather Information:

Preparedness Links:

Winter Storm - Special Considerations

  1. If your power goes out for any length of time, to avoid freezing water pipes, open all your faucets so they drip continually.
  2. Dress warmly in layers.
  3. Watch for signs of hypothermia uncontrollable shivering, memory loss, disorientation, incoherence, slurred speech, drowsiness, exhaustion. If you cannot get victim to warm location, call 911.
  4. Watch for signs of frostbite (loss of feeling and white or pale appearance of fingers, toes, ears, tip of nose, etc. If symptoms are detected, get immediate medical help. If necessary, call 911.
  5. Stretch before shoveling. Avoid over-exertion shoveling snow. Rest in between periods of shoveling.
  6. If you have to drive, let someone know when you leave, destination and expected time of arrival.
  7. Maintain ventilation when using kerosene heaters. Refuel them outside and keep at least three feet from flammable objects.
  8. Have two good snow shovels.
  9. Have adequate salt, sand or snow melt.
  10. Winterize your vehicle and keep the gas tank full. A full tank will keep the fuel line from freezing.
  11. Insulate your home by installing storm windows or covering windows with plastic from the inside to keep cold air out.
  12. Maintain heating equipment and chimneys by having them cleaned and inspected every year.
  13. Never use a generator, grill, camp stove or other gasoline, propane, natural gas or charcoal burning devices inside a home, garage, basement, crawlspace or any partially enclosed area. Locate unit away from doors, windows and vents that could allow carbon monoxide to come indoors.
  14. Install carbon monoxide alarms in central locations on every level of your home and outside sleeping areas to provide early warning of accumulating carbon monoxide. If the carbon monoxide alarm sounds, move quickly to a fresh air location outdoors or by an open window or door. Call for help from the fresh air location and remain there until emergency personnel arrive to assist you.
  15. Request that Comcast send you a battery back up for your modem. This battery may last eight hours standby and five hours when using.
  • Shelters:
  • 1.Go to a shelter if you feel you need to leave your home before the weather event.  
  • 2.On Cape Cod, shelters are not designated by the American Red Cross.
  •    a. Shelters are designated and opened by local municipal officials.
  •    b. Shelter operations are cooperative effort between public authorities and private agencies including  the American Red Cross, the Medical Reserve Corps and the Cape Cod Disaster Animal Response Team
  •    c. Not all shelters are announced on local radio stations
  •    d. Some shelters allow pets; however, the pet care is usually operated by independent organizations

3.  If you elect to go to a public shelter, here are some important things that you will

     need to remember: (per Cape Cod Red Cross)

  • a.     Red Cross shelters are safe places for you and your family to stay in the

     time of a disaster. Basic needs will be provided but it is a good idea to

                  assemble a disaster supply kit more specific to your family’s

  • b.     If you cannot stay in your home please report to the nearest shelter

                  with a few changes of clothing, bedding, essential medications and

                  toiletries. Contact your family members to let them know where

                  you are and that you are safe.

  • c.     The first seventy-two hours of a disaster operation is led by the local

                 Red Cross chapter. It is possible that during that time supplies could

     be scarce. It is important that you include meals containing nonperishable    

     goods in your family’s disaster kit.

  • d.     For the safety of all shelter occupants no guns, firearms,weapons, illegal
  •        substances, or alcohol will be allowed on the premises.
  • e.     As has been the case in past events on Cape Cod, shelters are not likely

                  to be opened in every town. Some towns traditionally share shelters

                  (e.g. Harwich and Brewster usually share the Cape Cod Regional

                  Technical School). The nearest shelter may be some distance away

                   so plan accordingly.

  • f.      Red Cross shelters and services are volunteer led. In the time of disaster

                 volunteers are greatly needed.

  • g.     Health and safety regulations preclude Red Cross shelters from

                  accepting pets. Service animals that assist people with disabilities are the

                 only exception. It may be difficult, if not impossible, to find shelter for

                  your animals in the midst of a disaster so plan ahead.

4. Shelters:

            Nauset Regional High School Shelter: 100 Cable Road, Eastham
             Animal Shelter: No

             Dennis-Yarmouth Regional High School Shelter: 210 Station Ave., Yarmouth
             Animal Shelter: Yes

             Sandwich High School Shelter: 365 Quaker Meetinghouse Road., Sandwich
             Animal Shelter: Yes

            Falmouth High School Regional Shelter: 874 Gifford Street, Falmouth, MA

            Animal Shelter:Yes


            Barnstable High School Regional Shelter: 744 Main Street, Hyannis, MA

             Animal Shelter: No


            Cape Cod Regional Technical High School: 351 Pleasant Lake Ave. (Rt 124)   Harwich, MA

            Animal Shelter: Yes


        Mashpee High School (Quashnet School), 500 Old Barnstable Road, Mashpee

        In order to determine if the shelter is open, tune in to WQRC or WCIB on your radio

        or contact the Mashpee Police Department at 508-539-1489. If the shelter is opened you may

        call 508-539-1550 for additional information.If you require a ride to the shelter call the Mashpee

        Police Department

Note: Not All Shelters Are Open For Each Emergency.

  • 5.  Identify a safe location to bring your petundefineda pet-friendly hotel, a shelter that accepts animals, or a friend’s homeundefinedso you know where to take them in the event of adisaster. Red Cross shelters do not accept animals.

Each pet needs to be in its own carrier and owners must be sure to bring food and water for the animal, enough for at least three days.

Basic Terms: The Weather Channel and NOAA


Statements that are issued by the National Weather Service for probable weather situations of inconvenience that do not carry the danger of warning criteria, but, if not observed, could lead to hazardous situations. Some examples include snow advisories stating possible slick streets, or fog advisories for patchy fog condition causing temporary restrictions to visibility.


A cyclonic storm occurring off the east coast of North America. These winter weather events are notorious for producing heavy snow, rain, and tremendous waves that crash onto Atlantic beaches, often causing beach erosion and structural damage. Wind gusts associated with these storms can exceed hurricane force in intensity.


A severe weather condition characterized by low temperatures, winds 35 mph or greater, and sufficient falling and/or blowing snow in the air to frequently reduce visibility to 1/4 mile or less for a duration of at least 3 hours. A severe blizzard is characterized by temperatures near or below 10°F, winds exceeding 45 mph, and visibility reduced by snow to near zero.


The name for a tropical cyclone with sustained winds of 74 miles per hour (65 knots) or greater in the North Atlantic Ocean.  


A formal advisory issued by forecasters at the National Hurricane Center when they have determined that hurricane conditions are expected in a coastal area or group of islands within a 24 hour period. A warning is used to inform the public and marine interests of the storm's location, intensity, and movement.


A formal advisory issued by forecasters at the National Hurricane Center when they have determined that hurricane conditions are a potential threat to a coastal area or group of islands within a 24 to 36 hour period. A watch is used to inform the public and marine interests of the storm's location, intensity, and movement.

Storm Surge

An abnormal rise of water generated by a storm's winds. Storm surge can reach heights well over 20 feet and can span hundreds of miles of coastline.

Storm Tide

The water level rise during a storm due to the combination of storm surge and the astronomical tide.


A forecast issued when severe weather has developed, is already occurring and reported, or is detected on radar. Warnings state a particular hazard or imminent danger, such as tornadoes, severe thunderstorms, flash and river floods, winter storms, heavy snows, etc.


A forecast issued well in advance of a severe weather event to alert the public of the possibility of a particular hazard, such as tornadoes, severe thunderstorms, flash and river floods, winter storms, or heavy snows.

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