Evacuation/Safety Plans

In the event of a disaster or other type of emergency situation, an evacuation or other safety measures may be required for citizens residing in all or a part of the City of Quincy. The characteristics and type of disaster or emergency will determine where and when any evacuation may occur or what safety measures may be implemented. The number of people affected by the situation and the measures required to ensure the safety of citizens will determine the overall scope of the evacuation or safety instructions provided. Types of disasters or emergency situations that may require an evacuation or other safety measures may include; heavy storms (blizzard, hurricane, tropical storm, nor’easter), coastal or inland area flooding, release of hazardous materials or natural gas, fires, and any other type of natural or man-made disaster.

The public may be advised of safety measures or to evacuate areas by federal, state, or city public safety officials. Public safety officials may issue evacuation orders, recommend voluntary evacuations, issue shelter in place advisories, or implement other protective actions for public safety based on the type and scope of the emergency conditions presented. The public will be alerted of evacuation or safety measure instructions via mass notification platforms which may include the Emergency Alert System (EAS), Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA), or the Alert Quincy System.

The primary means of transportation for citizens during an evacuation is privately owned vehicles. Citizens without access to vehicles will be transported from Evacuation Assembly Points with transportation assets coordinated by public safety officials. Depending upon the hazard and other circumstances, shelters for evacuees may be located within or outside of the city. Evacuees are required to follow the direction and guidance of trained emergency workers, traffic coordinators, and other assigned emergency officials.

Coordinating for transportation of populations that require medical or other additional assistance is an important factor in the evacuation process. Facility managers with access and functional needs populations are responsible for coordinating the evacuation of those in their care. These facilities are required to have prior plans and resources in place to support any emergency evacuation. 

General large-scale evacuations involving two or more communities will be coordinated through the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA). Small-scale evacuations, which involve only limited areas of the city such as one neighborhood or particular coastal areas, are coordinated through city public safety personnel and the Emergency Management Director. In the case of a hazardous material (HAZMAT) or natural gas release, a shelter in place advisory may be issued, or a specified radius around the incident may be closed off and evacuated by public safety officials upon the recommendation of the incident commander.