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Welcome to the Town of Chilmark, MA
6:00 PM Update WINTER STORM tomorrow
Winter Storm TUESDAY March 14 - WARMING Centers & Overnight SHELTERS 6:00p Update
Chilmark EM – March 13, 2017  6:00 PM

We are issuing a press release to the island media outlets about warming centers and shelter in the case of extended power outages resulting from tomorrow's Winter Storm.

We are told to expect 2 – 4” of snow on the vineyard.~ Starting at 6 AM with potentially heavy rates of snow fall until 11 AM.
The temperature will be above freezing and we will experience rain and WET SNOW 11 am – 3 pm Tuesday.
Wind on the island is expected to be 30 – 50 MPH with gusts to 60 mph.~ Hurricane force winds and 27 foot seas will be offshore.

Residents are encouraged to make preparations today to shelter in place for the winter storm tomorrow.

The wet snow and high winds make it likely that we will see tree damaged and potential power outages.~
Eversource can't use their bucket trucks until the winds are below 32 MPH, so any power outages may be prolonged due to the high winds.

In the event residents experience an extended power outage and need someplace to be warm the following warming centers are available:

During regular operating hours the Town Hall and Library are open for people to get warm, make phone calls, use the internet, and charge their devices.

When the Town Hall and Library are closed (for any reason) the Menemsha Cross Road and North Road fire stations have heat and generators for people to get warm, make phone calls, use the internet, and charge their devices.~

The Good Shepherd Parish in Oak Bluffs is open as a warming center M-F 12 – 2 PM.

For overnight shelters:

Three churches are open from 7 – 8 PM for intake for overnight sheltering down island, until 7 AM the next day.~ Monday Federated Church. Tuesday  St Augustine. Wednesday St. Andrews.  The churches cannot accept pets.  Arrangements can be made.

The Chilmark Community Center has heat, generator, internet, a telephone and cots, should an overnight shelter be necessary in town.~ Please use the door to the right of the main entrance, on the brick patio behind the big tree.   The MV FILM FESTIVAL is setting up for their March 16-19 movie event at the CCC now.

The main town web page will have emergency information as necessary.~ The Chilmark Police, Fire & EMS can contact the Director of Emergency Management by cell phone or pager if the CCC needs to be opened for sheltering purposes.~

There is no plan to evacuate any areas of town at this time or to activate an Island Regional Shelter.~ This will be revisited at 2 PM Tuesday.

Tim Carroll 
Director of Em

Overnight shelters on Martha's Vineyard - Winter 2017

If you fear that weather will affect your health or safety in your current dwelling place, short term overnight accommodation may be found at the "Houses of Grace Winter Shelters" in Edgartown or Wednesdays in Vineyard Haven.
  • All shelters operate from 7 PM till 7 AM.
  • No admission after 8 PM.
  • Overnight shelter can be found at these locations from January through March.
Saturday: St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, 51 Winter street, Edgartown
Sunday: St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, 51 Winter street, Edgartown
Monday: Federated Church, 45 South Summer street, Edgartown
Tuesday: St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, 51 Winter street, Edgartown
Wednesday: St. Augustine’s Church, 56 Franklin street, Vineyard Haven
Thursday: Federated Church, 45 South Summer street, Edgartown
Friday: St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, 51 Winter street, Edgartown

If you bring your pet, they will be accommodated at a nearby pet shelter, .
As with any shelter, bring
  • Medications for at least three day, medical devices, or similar personal items that you might need.
  • If you are bringing a pet, bring their medications, sufficient for several days, and their rabies certificate, if possible.
  • Charger for your electronic devices.

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