Are We Ready?

Hurricane Preparedeness on Cape Cod and the Islands
A collaboration with the Cape Cod Times
August 6-10, 2018

Last year's historic hurricane season, with its devastating impacts on Texas, Puerto Rico, and Florida, raises questions about our readiness for the likelihood of a major hurricane striking Cape Cod.

In this 5-part series, we examine the ways in which regional and local planners are preparing for a major hurricane; the ways in which development in recent decades has made us more vulnerable to catastrophic storms; how building engineering has evolved to create more storm-proof housing; and what individuals can do to be ready when a major storm strikes.  

The series is a unique collaboration with the Cape Cod Times.

Stephanie Guyer-Stevens

It's been almost thirty years since the Cape's last hurricane. But the Caribbean had a bad string of them recently.

Hayley Fager

 

If you drive around the Cape this time of year, you’ll probably hear the tree crews before you see them. Matt Mitko does residential tree removal, and he’s exhausted.

“We’re barely done with our winter emergencies and people are already concerned about hurricane season,” he said.

Hayley Fager

 

On this page we've gathered information and resources to help you prepare your home and make a plan in the event of a major storm.

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WCAI has partnered with the Cape Cod Times to bring you the series, "Are we ready? Examining hurricane preparedness on Cape Cod and the Islands."

WCAI's Kathryn Eident talked with Cape Cod Times reporter Cindy McCormick about how the new Nantucket Hospital is being built with storms in mind. 

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What is a hurricane-proof house?

John Bologna, a structural engineer in Orleans, says it’s a concrete bunker with bulletproof windows, stocked with emergency pumps, backup batteris, and a 10-week supply of food.

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It’s been 30 years since Hurricane Bob hit Cape Cod, and many meteorologists believe it’s only a matter of time before another hurricane impacts South Eastern New England. WCAI and the Cape Cod Times are collaborating on an extensive series that asks the question “Are We Ready?” On The Point, we talk with editors and reporters from the series, and discuss how we as a region and as individuals can prepare.

Sarah Tan / WCAI

In West Tisbury, the town has over a thousand Meals Ready to Eat, or MREs, stored in the town hall basement. They were purchased a decade ago through a grant from FEMA. One particularly hot summer day, I visited West Tisbury Emergency Preparedness director Russ Hartenstine, to test them to see if they were still good. 

 

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WCAI has partnered with the Cape Cod Times to bring you the series, "Are we ready? Examining hurricane preparedness on Cape Cod and the Islands." WCAI's Kathryn Eident talked with some of the Cape Cod Times reporters about what they learned in writing their stories for the series, including Doug Fraser, the Times' environmental reporter, who took a look at the dangers of storm surge in Buzzards Bay.

Steve Heaslip/Cape Cod Times

 

Our week-long series, “Are We Ready?,” examines hurricane preparedness on Cape Cod and the Islands. It’s a collaboration between WCAI and the Cape Cod Times.

Kathryn Eident

The Cape’s unique geography is a draw for visitors and tourists, but it can also make the region especially vulnerable when a severe storm strikes.

So local authorities have assembled a one-of-a-kind local network, complete with its own radio system, that stands at the ready to help us weather storms more safely.

Courtesy Jeff Donnelly, WHOI

It’s been 27 years since a hurricane last hit Cape Cod.

And though that storm, Hurricane Bob, caused a substantial amount of damage, it was “not much of a test, because it was only a fairly minor category 2 storm,” said Jeff Donnelly, who studies hurricanes at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution.

Steve Heaslip/Cape Cod Times

Our week-long series, “Are We Ready?,” examines hurricane preparedness on Cape Cod and the Islands. It’s a collaboration between WCAI and the Cape Cod Times.

Today, Times reporter Christine Legere examines the strengths and limitations of flood insurance for our region, and Cynthia McCormick looks at the new Nantucket Cottage Hospital, which is being built to the more stringent building code of Florida, hardening it to withstand a Category 5 hurricane.  

Steve Heaslip/Cape Cod Times

Our week-long series, “Are We Ready?,” examines hurricane preparedness on Cape Cod and the Islands. It’s a collaboration between WCAI and the Cape Cod Times. On Day One, Times reporters Doug Fraser and Geoff Spillane examine the potential for catastrophic devastation, particularly from storm surge, and why the moderate hurricane outlook this year should not be a reason for complacency.