Cancellations, tips, and other storm-related alerts

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Drivers are being asked to stay off the roads during the height of the storm on Saturday. —Rich Saltzberg

We’ll be updating this frequently with any cancellations. Send them to editor@mvtimes.com.

The Steamship Authority is cancelling its ferries for Saturday and is alerting customers that some Sunday crossings could also be affected. The announcement to cancel Saturday’s ferry crossings was made Friday afternoon. The SSA is urging its customers to stay off the roads. “We will assess the forecast Saturday night to determine when service will resume,” the alert states.

The Island Grown Initiative has announced that the Island Food Pantry will be closed on Saturday. Instead, the Food Pantry is opening on Friday, Jan. 28, from 2 to 4 pm. Seniors will be allowed to do their Food Pantry shopping from 12 noon to 2 pm.

A parking ban is in effect in Vineyard Haven from 8 pm Friday through 6 am Sunday. Tisbury also reminds property owners to clear sidewalks in front of their homes within four hours after the snow has stopped or face fines.

Edgartown has also issued a downtown parking ban for Friday at 12 midnight through Sunday at 6 pm. The town is also advising motorists to stay off the roads during the storm.

In Oak Bluffs, the parking ban for Circuit Ave. and Kennebec Ave. goes into effect at 12 midnight Friday and will remain in effect “until those streets are safely passable to foot and vehicular traffic,” a press release states. Cars parked on those streets during the ban are subject to tow.

Vineyard Haven Library will be closed Saturday and will reopen Sunday from 1 pm to 5 pm if conditions allow.

Cronig’s is closing its supermarkets on Saturday. There were cheers from staff at the announcement they would have a snow day.

Hopefully you already have your shovels because Phillips Hardware in Oak Bluffs is closed.

Restaurants have also announced that they will remain closed Saturday as a result of the storm. Town Bar & Grill, Little House Bakery, Waterside Market, and La Soffitta among them.

All Peter Pan bus service has been canceled for Saturday, Jan. 29, due to the impending storm.  

The “COVID Monologues MV” book launch scheduled for Saturday, Jan. 29, at 1:30 pm at the West Tisbury library has been postponed due to the storm. 

A talk with David and Saskia Vanderhoop scheduled for Sunday, Jan. 30, from 11 am to 12:30 pm, has been postponed due to the storm.

An event featuring art by Norma Bridwell at the Martha’s Vineyard Playhouse scheduled for Saturday, Jan. 29, from 1 to 4 pm, has been canceled due to the storm. 

In anticipation of the snow storm, the YMCA will be closed Saturday, Jan. 29. Depending on the impact of the storm, the Y will make an announcement about Sunday on Saturday evening.

Be prepared 

The following information was released by the Island’s emergency management planners. A Portuguese version is available here

Before the Storm:

  • One gallon of water per day per person; additional water (fill bathtub or other containers) for flushing toilets, cleaning, pets, etc. Well water depends on electric pumps, so if the power is out, it will not work.
  • Nonperishable food for at least 3 days
  • Ample supply of medications and medical information sheet (prescriptions, allergies, etc.) 
  • First aid kit
  • Necessary health-related equipment
  • Flashlights, extra batteries, candles, matches; supplies for fireplace, woodstove, outdoor grill, etc.
  • Cell phone/chargers (home and vehicle)
  • Emergency radio (battery operated)
  • Vital documents – ID, credit cards, cash, contact information for family, etc.
  • Make sure you have enough fuel for a week
  • Fill up or charge up vehicles
  • Stow or secure outdoor furniture, grills, garden equipment, dinghies, kayaks, etc. 
  • Secure doors and windows; have tarps and duct tape handy
  • Deal promptly with potential hazards (trees, overhanging limbs, etc.) that could cause damage 
  • Contact neighbors to offer assistance 

During the Storm: 

  • Shelter in place 
  • Stay in rooms away from areas that may possibly be damaged from wind/rain/debris/trees 
  • Seek emergency shelter at your Town’s Warming Shelter

After the Storm:

  • Survey the damage after the danger has passed
  • Safe cleanup of own property
  • Contact neighbors to offer assistance 
  • Aid first responders by not exploring post-storm

 

Emergency Plans:

Please note that these emergency plans may change depending on the impact of the storm.

  • Aquinnah – If there is a loss of power that is not restored by Sunday, January 30, 2022, the Warming Shelter at Aquinnah Town Hall (955 State Road) and the Overnight Shelter at the Wampanoag Community Center (Community Center Road) may be opened. 
  • Chilmark – Warming Shelter may be opened at the Chilmark Community Center (530 South Road). The Chilmark Fire Department will be checking in on vulnerable populations.
  • Edgartown – Monitoring the storm with available information and making operational preparations as needed. 
  • Gosnold – Warming Shelter may be opened at the Gosnold Town Hall (28 Tower Road). 
  • Oak Bluffs – Warming Shelter may open on Sunday, January 30, 2022, from Noon to 6:00 PM at the Oak Bluffs Library (56R School Street). Masks required. 
  • Tisbury – Warming/Charging Shelter may open at the Tisbury Fire Station (215 Spring Street). Due to the expected tidal storm surge, Beach Road and Lagoon Pond Road may be closed due to flooding. An emergency parking ban will take affect Friday, January 28, 2022, at 8:00 PM until Sunday, January 30, 2022, at 6:00 AM for Main Street out to West Chop, Franklin Street, Edgartown Road, Skiff Avenue, Center Street, Spring Street, and Williams Street. Vehicles must be removed otherwise they will be towed. Alternative parking is available on Church Street and at the Tisbury Park and Ride (High Point Lane)
  • West Tisbury – Warming Shelter will be open at the West Tisbury Library (1042 State Road) if there is a major power outage. 
  • Harbor Homes – Harbor Homes of Martha’s Vineyard, located at Martha’s Vineyard Community Services (first building on the left), will be extending their hours for the storm and opening Friday, January 27, 2022, at 6:00 PM until Sunday at 10:00 AM. They will be serving meals 3 times a day. There is a capacity for 18 guests. Please contact Lisa Belcastro at 508-560-3678 if you have any questions.
  • Animal Housing – The Martha’s Vineyard Agricultural Society’s barns (35 Panhandle Road West Tisbury) are available for temporary emergency animal housing. Please contact MVAS Executive Director Lauren Lynch at 732-687-3412, MVAS President Brian Athearn at 508-962-2477, or MVAS Vice President Garrison Vieira at 508-989-0039 for more information. Call the Animal Shelter of Martha’s Vineyard at 508-627-8662 for emergency needs for small pets. 

 

Emergency Contact Information:

  • For Emergencies call 911
  • For Non-Emergencies call the Dukes County Communications Center at 508-693-1212 
  • To report power outages call Eversource at 1-800-592-2000