Severe Weather Preparedness

As severe weather events are occurring more frequently in Needham, the Town has put together a preparedness checklist and provided resources with additional information for residents.

Heavy Rain/Potential Flooding Preparedness Checklist: 

  • Prepare for possible power outages:
    1. Ensure smoke and carbon monoxide detectors are working and have fresh batteries.
    2. Charge cell phones and electronics devices.
    3. Set your refrigerator and freezer to their coldest settings.
  • Clear clogged rain gutters to allow water to flow away from your home.
  • Elevate items stored in your basement to prevent possible damage.
  • If you have a sump pump, check that it is working.
  • Remove any tree branches or other debris that may become flying hazards in high winds from your property.
  • Develop or review your Family Emergency Plan.
  • Sign up for Emergency Alerts from the Town of Needham.

Additional Resources:

Hurricane Preparedness Tips from the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA)
Hurricane Preparedness Tips from MEMA in different languages
MEMA website