P.O.C. Jeff Hall, American Red Cross of MA
Red Cross to Open Shelters in Advance of Winter Storm Toby
MEDFORD, Mass., March 20, 2018 – The American Red Cross will open shelters in one Massachusetts location and stage personnel for a two more shelters Wednesday in advance of Winter Storm Toby, which is scheduled to impact much of the Commonwealth.
Red Cross volunteers will open shelters Wednesday in Weymouth and stage personnel and shelter supplies in Fall River and Mashpee.
Visit redcross.org/get-help for the latest information on open shelters in your area.
Download the free Red Cross Emergency App or text "GETEMERGENCY" to 90999 for safety tips, weather alerts and more.
The nor’easter is expected to bring snow and winds and the potential for coastal flooding to the Cape, Islands and southeastern Massachusetts Wednesday. Much of the state is under a winter storm warning, with snow fall totals expected to be around 12 inches in the eastern part of the state.
Shelter locations are:
- Weymouth Senior Center – 182 Green Street, Weymouth, Mass., at 3 p.m. Wednesday
- Red Cross shelter teams and supplies are staged in Mashpee and Fall River to open shelters as deemed necessary by state and local officials.
Red Cross volunteers have distributed more than 4,000 disaster relief and clean-up supply items and served nearly 6,000 meals to residents of Massachusetts since March 2. Nearly 300 volunteers from as far as California and Florida have deployed to Massachusetts to assist residents. At this time, the Red Cross has assisted more than 350 residents who were impacted by flood waters associated with Winter Storm Riley.
National Grid has generously donated $100,000 to the American Red Cross to help support disaster relief operations which have been ongoing since Winter Storm Riley caused coastal flooding in Massachusetts March 2. Their generous support allows our volunteers to give comfort to those affected by the winter storms this month.
As winter trudges on, the Red Cross encourages Massachusetts residents to remain vigilant. Prepare for future storms by following these safety tips:
- Know the difference between a winter weather ADVISORY, a winter storm WATCH and a winter storm WARNING. Talk with your family about what to do if a watch or warning is issued.
- Winterize your vehicle and keep the gas tank full to prevent the fuel line from freezing and ensure that you can leave immediately in case of an emergency.
- Be prepared to evacuate if you lose power or heat, and know your routes and destinations.
- Stay informed. Listen to local area radio, NOAA radio or TV for information and updates.
- Download the free Red Cross Emergency App to access weather alerts, safety tips and shelter locations at your fingertips.
About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.
Jeff Hall │Communications Specialist
American Red Cross of Massachusetts
101 Station Landing, Suite 510
Medford, MA 02155
(781) 410-3749 (office)
(617) 999-3319 (cell)