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Red Cross assesses blizzard damage in Eastern Massachusetts

Red Cross worker looking at storm damage
Damage Assessment helps us identify where we’re going to put our points of distribution or determine our feeding routes.

The blizzard has come and gone. Most power has been restored, and people across the region are trading in shelter stays for reunions with their homes. But for others, the damage left behind the 2013 nor’easter is considerable – and going home isn’t an option yet.

That’s where Damage Assessment comes in. Volunteers and staff members compiled data and kept an eye on the news as the snow fell, taking note of communities that took hard hits. As soon as the blizzard ended, crews drove out to the affected areas to see where the American Red Cross can help.

“Damage Assessment helps us identify where we’re going to put our points of distribution or determine our feeding routes,” explained Julianne Peacetree, one of the co-leads of Damage Assessment in Eastern Massachusetts.

Teams toured the region, taking note of affected areas. Crews drove from Plymouth to Boston, while others started in Salisbury and worked their way down.

The information will help caseworkers figure out needs and help residents get started on their recovery.

“We determine what they need and make sure they get the resources available,” Peacetree said. “A damaged home can be devastating, and we do everything we can to lighten that burden.”

Did your home sustain damage from the blizzard? We urge you to contact your local emergency management official for immediate assistance. For more, please visit www.redcross.org.