Massachusetts Officials Ready for Potential Problems From Hurricane Earl

(NECN: Alysha Palumbo, Framingham, Mass.) - Hurricane Earl may not be swirling into New England for another couple of days, but officials at Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency are already hard at work making sure the Bay State's cities and towns are prepared.

Peter Judge with MEMA said, "The good thing about a hurricane is it gives you plenty of time to prepare."

The bad thing according to Judge is at this point it's difficult to predict if and when Earl may make landfall.
So they have to be ready for the worst-case scenario.

"They're going to reach out to us and they're going to look for additional sandbags, they're going to look for some shelter assistance, maybe some localized evcuation situations where they're going to need some high wheeled vehicles from the National Guard," said Judge.

Judge says even though the Cape and the islands are on track to possibly get the brunt of this storm, they're focusing their efforts on the entire state because of the unpredictability of hurricanes.

He said, "It's not just a coastal event right now because if this shifts a little bit all the sudden it becomes a statewide event so we don't want the public to get complacent figuring, I don't have a home at the beach, I'm not going to get impacted by this storm."

He says everyone should be prepared with the basics to be able to ride out Earl.

"Make sure you have that family disaster kit in place in case you do lose power," said Judge.

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