Flood Safety

Flood Hazard Information

Each year, the Town completes an update to the Town of Hull's Hazard Mitigation Plan. The most recent update can be viewed here. Also, to check out the Department of Homeland Security's website for Disaster Preparedness, click here.

Tips and Information You Should Know:

  • Emergency situations could be any of the following: winter storm, extended power outage, hurricane, gas or water main rupture, aviation accident, hazardous material spill, conflagration.
  • In the event of a disaster or impending weather emergency, tune to radio stations WJDA, WBZ or local cable channel 10 for continuous bulletins and updates, or call (781) 925-8123 for information.
  • Sign up for Code Red Emergency Notifications here.
  • Always keep a working flashlight and portable radio with the proper batteries for each.
  • Know your area of town and where the shelter is located in case you are forced to evacuate or relocate temporarily (Hull Memorial School - 81 Central Avenue).
  • If travelling by auto prepare an alternate route to leave your neighborhood in the event that the usual route is blocked or cut off.
  • If you have a pet, leave it home with enough food and water in a dry accessible area to last at least two (2) days. (Note: When you arrive at a shelter advise the shelter staff that you have a pet at home.
  • New mothers should always keep a "baby pack" ready with extradiapers, bottles, formula and at lease one change of clothes.
  • Families, particularly those in flood prone areas, should have a "family evacuation kit" which should include the following:
    • Blankets, flashlight w/batteries, prescribed
    • Medications, toilet paper, personal hygiene
    • Articles (brush, comb, toothpaste and toothbrushes etc)   
  • Senior citizens should keep all necessary medications in easily accessible locations along with any special notes or instructions required for their well being.
  • Should an emergency be declared and you need to be evacuated, do not call the police or fire departments. In such situations, emergency operators will be on duty in the E.O.C. (emergency operations center). Call (781) 925-8123 and the evacuation vehicle will be dispatched to your location.
  • Do not walk through flowing water. Drowning is the number one cause of flood deaths. Currents can be deceptive; six inches of moving water can knock you off your feet. Use a pole or stick to test the ground before you go through an area where the water is not flowing.
  • Do not drive through a flooded area. More people drown in their cars than anywhere else. Do not drive around barriers; the road or bridge may be washed out.
  • Stay away from power lines and electrical wires. The number two-flood killer after drowning is electrocution. Electrical current can travel through water. Report downed power lines to the Power Company or the City's Emergency Management office.
  • Have your electricity turned off by the Power Company. Some appliances, such as television sets, keep electrical charges even after they have been unplugged. Do not use appliances or motors that have gotten wet unless they have been taken apart, cleaned, and dried by licensed professionals.
  • Look out for animals. Small animals that have been flooded out of their homes may seek shelter in yours. Contact the Animal Control Department if you encounter a wild or nuisance animal in your home.
  • Look before you step. After a flood, the ground and floors are covered with debris including broken bottles and nail. Floors and stairs that have been covered with mud can be slippery.
  • Be alert for gas leak. Use a flashlight to inspect for damage. Don’t smoke or use candles, lanterns, or open flames unless you know the gas has been turned off and the area has been ventilated.
  • Carbon monoxide exhaust kills. Use a generator or other gasoline-powered machine outdoors. The same goes for camping stoves. Charcoal fumes are especially deadly - cook with charcoal outdoors.
  • Clean everything that got wet. Floodwaters have picked up sewage and chemicals from roads, lawns, factories and storage buildings. Spoiled food, flooded cosmetics, and medicine can be health hazards. When in doubt, throw them out.

More tips can be viewed on the Town of Hull's Emergency Preparedness website which can be viewed here

Emergency Telephone Numbers

  • Town of Hull Emergency Operations Center: (781) 925-8123
  • Emergency Management: (781) 925-8118 or (781) 925-1330
  • Fire Department: (781) 925-8111
  • Police Departement: (781) 925-1212
  • Emergencies: 911
  • Highway Department: (781) 925-0900
  • Harbormaster: (781) 925-0316
  • Coast Guard: (781) 925-0165
  • Light Department: (781) 925-0051
  • Treatment Plant: (781) 925-1207
  • Hull Medical Center: (781) 925-4550
  • Animal Control Officer: (781) 925-4718
  • State Police Norwell: (781) 659-7911