32 Mount Vernon Street - Winchester, Massachusetts - John F. Nash, Director
Voice: (781) 729-1801 - Fax: (781) 721-6722


The Town of Winchester has a comprehensive emergency management plan, as well as a highly skilled emergency management team in place. You can be assured that in the event of an emergency that all emergency services will continue to protect our residents and guests.

In general, residents should always be prepared for an emergency such as a hurricane, blizzard or power outage. Provisions should be stored to last for three to seven days. Residents requiring special equipment to sustain in-home medical treatment, should contact the fire department (729-1801) for assistance or guidance.

In an EMERGENCY requiring fire, police, or ambulance response, DIAL 911.

In the event of any attack or other emergency that will directly effect Winchester, appropriate steps will be taken by town officials. Residents are reminded to keep informed by listening to the local TV and radio media.

Should the necessity for evacuation occur, emergency personnel will coordinate and assist in the effort directly. Otherwise, residents should remain in their homes and minimize any potential for danger.

A copy of Winchester's Comprehensive Emergency Management Plan is available at the Winchester Public Library for public inspection and online. "Most major disasters and emergencies, which we, as a nation, have historically confronted, like blizzards, hurricanes and floods give us some warning and time for short-term, last-minute preparedness. Unfortunately, as we have seen, Terrorism does not afford us such a luxury", stated Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency Director Stephen J. McGrail. "Regardless of the type of Terrorist Event, which could take place, there are some steps you and your family can take to alleviate the fear of the unknown and assure some peace of mind".

Develop/Review a Family Disaster Kit

A Disaster Kit should consist of the materials your family would need to survive for 3 to 7 days without power. This is the same type of kit which should be in place to survive the aftermath of a hurricane or blizzard. The Kit should include non-perishable food, water (at least one gallon per person, per day), a First Aid Kit with prescription medicines, a battery powered radio, flashlights with extra batteries, special items necessary for babies or elderly, pet care items, blankets & pillows, toiletries, vehicles with full fuel tanks and an amount of cash, in case banks or ATMs are not available. Homes heated with oil should not store less than tank.

Develop/Review a Family Evacuation Plan

Be knowledgeable of your community's location of shelters and hospitals, and evacuation routes. If an incident occurs, listen to local radio or television and follow the instructions of emergency officials. Evacuate immediately, if told to do so, taking Family Disaster Kit basics with you. You may be asked to 'Shelter-in-Place'. This means to go indoors, closing all doors & windows. Turn off all window fans, dryers, kitchen and bath exhaust fans, air conditioners and other sources of outside air. If you are traveling in an automobile, close windows and air vents. Continue to monitor the Media for further instructions.

Develop/Review a Family Communication Plan

This will give assurances that all are safe and enable you to make plans to get back together. Ask an out-of-state friend or relative to serve as the family contact. After a disaster, it is often easier to call long distance, outside of the disaster area. Make sure all family members know the name, address and telephone number of the contact person.

Where to find more information

Center for Disease Control -
Department of Homeland Security -
Disaster Help -
Federal Government -
Federal Emergency Management Agency -
Federal Bureau of Investigation -
Massachusetts State Government - www.mass.go
Massachusetts Department of Public Health -
Massachusetts Emergency Management -
The President of the United States-
U.S. Postal Service -