Welcome to the Emergency Planning Committee

In 1986 Congress passed the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act, Public Law 99-499, commonly known as EPCRA or SARA Title III. Section 301(a) of the legislation required each governor to appoint a state emergency response commission (SERC) by April of 1987. Section 301(b) charged the SERCs with the responsibility of dividing the states into planning districts and Section 301(c) for appointing local emergency planning committees (LEPCs).

In 1987, the Massachusetts State Emergency Response Commission, in compliance with the new legislation, designated each MEMA sub-area as planning districts and appointed a Local Emergency Planning Committee for each city and town within them. The legislation required that the committees have representation from a specified number of interest groups.

List Contact Information
  District Chief Joseph Zukas Lynn Fire Department (781) 593-7528 (P)
(781) 593-7556 (F)
List Regular Members
  Captain Thomas Hines 44 Maplewood Road (781) 781-593-4258
  Captain Arthur Richard 725 Western Ave.  

The mission of an LEPC can be summarized as follows:

-A response plan must be written for responding to a hazardous material incident with the jurisdiction(s). It must also be reviewed annually.
-Emergency responders (police, fire, emergency medical services, public works, etc.) must be trained to levels indicated in the plan. At a minimum, first responders must be trained to the awareness level.
-The emergency response plan must be exercised at least once a year.
-The committee must create a system to collect, store, and respond to public requests.


1. Elected Official
2. Law Enforcement
3. Emergency Management
4. Firefighting
5. Emergency Medical Service
6. Health
7. Local Environmental
8. Hospital
9. Transportation
10. Media
11. Community Group
12. Facility Owner/Operator
13. Public Works

City of Lynn Hazard Migration Plan | Update June 5, 2012
Draft for Review by MEMA & FEMA | Posted June 15, 2012

Hazard Mitigation planning is a proactive effort to identify actions that can be taken to reduce the dangers to life and property from natural hazard events. In the communities of the Boston region of Massachusetts, hazard mitigation planning tends to focus most on flooding, the most likely natural hazard to impact these communities. The Federal Disaster Mitigation Act of 2000 requires all municipalities that wish to be eligible to receive FEMA funding for hazard mitigation grants, to adopt a local multi-hazard mitigation plan and update this plan in five year intervals.

Planning for the Lynn Hazard Mitigation Plan update was led by the Lynn Local Hazard Mitigation Planning Committee, composed of staff from a number of different City Departments. This committee discussed where the impacts of natural hazards most affect the City, goals for addressing these impacts, and hazard mitigation measures that would benefit the City.

Public participation in this planning process is important for improving awareness of the potential impacts of natural hazards and to build support for the actions the City takes to mitigate them.

Please download and review this draft below.

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  Hazard Migration Plan Update | Draft June 5, 2012

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


Clear Snow, Ice from Roofs and Around Gas Meters and Vents

Stay Away from Large Snow Piles and Steer Clear of High-Voltage Equipment 

Waltham, Mass. – 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:

  • In Massachusetts: 800-233-5325

  • In Rhode Island: 800-870-1664

  • In New Hampshire: 800-833-4200

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.

  • In New York, National Grid Customers should report electric-related incidents or concerns by  contacting the company’s Customer Service Contact Center at

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).  It is the largest distributor of natural gas in the northeastern U.S., serving approximately 3.4 million customers in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York and Rhode Island.  National Grid also owns over 4,000 megawatts of contracted electricity generation that provides power to over one million LIPA customers.

Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency Winter Safety Bulletins

MEMA Wires
MEME Storm

Hurricane Preparation and Information

Weather and Tracking Information--


NOAA Hurricane Center--

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NOAA Weather "Earl" Advisory--

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Stormpulse Hurricane Tracker--

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WHDH Hurricane "Earl" Tracker--

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Weather Channel "Earl" Info Page--

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Mass Emergency Management Agency--


Hurricane Preparedness Tips--

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Tips to Protect Property from Hurricanes--

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Hurricane Safety Tips for Boat Owners--

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Hurricane Safety Tips for Business Owners--

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Challenges for People Requiring Additional Assistance--

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Pet Safety During a Hurricane--

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Federal Emergency Management--


FEMA Hurricane Safety Information--

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Ready America Hurricane Safety--

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