Emergency Preparedness

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The Town of Yarmouth is dedicated to providing up-to-date emergency preparedness information to both its citizens and visitors. Below you will find a series of links to various resources that will help you understand the major hazards facing the town and some steps you can take to better prepare yourself and your family. 

To stay up-to-date with events and emergencies impacting the Town of Yarmouth, please sign up for our CodeRED emergency alert system. All businesses should register, as well as all individuals who have unlisted phone numbers, who have changed their phone number or address within the past year, and those who use a cellular phone as their primary number. The CodeRED system provides Yarmouth officials with the ability to quickly and professionally deliver messages to targeted areas, neighborhoods, or the entire Town of Yarmouth through personalized messages via voice, email, and text.

Town Maps and Plans

Much of the Town of Yarmouth lies within a hurricane evacuation zone. Below you will find a series of maps detailing where these zones are, the areas that are expected to be inundated by a storm surge, and evacuation routes for the town. The town's hazard mitigation plan is also located below. Remember, the shelters are open to everyone regardless of if your home lies in an evacuation zone or not. Also, there is a link to download a FEMA program called Stay Dry. Stay Dry is a program that uses Google Earth to allow you to easily see if your home is in a flood zone from rain or storm surge.  

Yarmouth Evacuation Zones

Yarmouth Storm Surge Zones

FEMA Stay Dry Mapping Program

FEMA Risk Assessment Map and Evacuation Routes

Town of Yarmouth Hazard Mitigation Plan

Important Contact Information

Always call 911 for an emergency

  • Police Non-emergency: 508-775-0445
  • Fire Department Non-emergency: 508-398-2216
  • Department of Public Works: 508-775-2516
  • Eversource Power Outage Reporting: 800-592-2000
  • National Grid Gas Outage Reporting: 800-233-5325
  • Poison Control: 800-222-1222
  • Cape Organization for the Rights of the Disabled: 508-775-8300
  • Cape Cod Emergency Alert System: WQRC 99.9 FM
  • 24/7 General Information Call Center: 211

Additional Emergency Preparedness Resources

The Barnstable County Regional Emergency Planning Committee is a coalition of numerous agencies who's purpose is to work together to mitigate and respond to incidents happening on Cape Cod. They are an excellent source of up-to-date information regarding threats to Cape Cod. The sheltering section of the site has a list of all the shelters on Cape Cod and shows which ones are open and where they are located.

The Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency is the organization in charge of emergency management for the entire state. They work to strengthen the Commonwealth's ability to withstand disasters by providing a number of preparedness resources. They've also set up an excellent live weather and forecast map with the help of NOAA.

Ready.gov is the best source of emergency preparedness information for anyone looking to create a disaster plan or build a disaster kit. They also have an extensive list of various natural and man-made hazards one might encounter, and how to prepare for them. They also have great information about what to do after a disaster strikes.

The Cape Cod Medical Reserve Corps is a volunteer organization that works to strengthen the communities around the Cape by supporting public health efforts and responding to emergencies. Anyone can sign up to volunteer for the Cape Cod MRC. No medical training is required. (FAQ) 

The Cape, Islands and Southeast Massachusetts chapter of the Red Cross has an extensive history of providing help to those in need by utilizing volunteers and offering a multitude of classes that will help prepare you for emergencies. 

The National Weather Service is the best source for up to date information about weather events impacting your area. The NWS also works with the National Hurricane Center to inform the public about hurricanes and offer hurricane safety instructions. Here is the NWS forecast page for the Town of Yarmouth. 

The Yarmouth Police Department website has a multitude of helpful information about the town including everything from information on the town's Citizen Police Academy to syringe and prescription drug disposal locations. The Police Department also has a database containing up to date crime reports. You can also sign up for CodeRED through the Yarmouth Police website.  

The Cape Cod Disaster Animal Response Team is a nonprofit organization who's purpose is to aid Barnstable county in the evacuation and sheltering of pets. They run the animal shelters that work alongside the Red Cross shelters on the Cape. Information about volunteering for the CCDART can be found here.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is the best source of current information about disease in the United States. They have information about current outbreaks spreading in the United States and have an extensive emergency preparedness section. 

The Federal Emergency Management Agency is the organization that is in charge of emergency preparedness for the entire nation. Cape Cod lies in Region One of FEMA's protection zones. FEMA is also one of the best sources of information about flood insurance. FEMA also has an interactive flood map that one can use to easily see if their home lies in a flood zone. 

The Cape Organization for Rights of the Disabled is an organization who focuses on helping individuals with disabilities be independent and integrate into society. They have a large number of services geared towards this mission. They also have a section with information on emergency preparedness for the disabled. 

Safety 1st is an organization who's sole purpose is to provide parents with helpful advice and information to make their homes safer for young children and infants. They provide a wealth of information on babyproofing homes and other tips for keeping your home safe. 

Remember to sign up for our CodeRED alert system to receive emergency alerts regarding incidents in and around Yarmouth.