Post-Storm Re-entry Procedure and CodeRED

August 5, 2011

This new procedure is effective immediately.

If there is a storm of such magnitude that it is necessary to evacuate the Misquamicut Fire District properties, the Westerly Police Department (WPD) has now revised their re-entry procedures, making the process easier to handle while hopefully increasing the security of all properties.

The new procedure eliminates the Emergency ID cards the MFD has used in the past. Instead, the WPD, who will be manning the re-entry points (which will most likely be limited to Winnapaug Road), will allow re-entry if the name on your driver's license matches the property owner's name on the tax role, to which the WPD, at the check point, will have electronic access. If this, for any reason, presents a problem to you, the police will also accept any document, such as a tax bill or utility bill, that connects you to the property.

The other change being made with this new procedure is that the District will be "all in or all out." Previously, we had divided the District into three zones, A, B, and C, allowing for re-entry as each zone was cleared. The WPD felt that this process lent itself to some security problems and, for that reason, has switched to the "all in or all out" approach.

Regarding CodeRED (also know as "Reverse 911"), please visit the CodeRed website, which explains how you can be advised via telephone, cell phone and/or email about the need to evacuate in the event of emergency conditions. Please follow the advice at the website and, for your safety, be sure you are accurately and completely enrolled in the CodeRED program. It could be a lifesaver.

If you have any questions regarding this procedure, please contact the Moderator via the MFD Contact Form.