The American Red Cross of Massachusetts continues to provide support to the Revere community in the aftermath of yesterday’s devastating tornado strike. Red Cross responders will set up a distribution site this morning at the Cronin Ice Rink parking lot at 850 Revere Beach Pkwy to supply residents with clean up supplies including dust masks, personal first aid kits, dust pans, push brooms, rakes, tarps of various sizes, work gloves, safety goggles, ear protectors. Distribution will begin at 9:00am.
A Red Cross mobile feeding unit will continue to travel the neighborhood surrounding Revere Beach Parkway to provide meals, drinks and snacks to residents as they work to clean up and repair their homes.
“The response to this tornado will go beyond yesterday’s initial actions and will last for weeks and months to come,” said Ralph Boyd, Red Cross of Massachusetts CEO. “The Red Cross will be here to work with the people of Revere and help them along the path to recovery.”
Boyd noted that the Red Cross also responded to a fire in Everett on July 28 in the midst of the tornado relief operation. They assisted more than 30 people displaced by a fire in Cambridge on Sunday and provided help to more than 50 people displaced by the tragic fire in Lowell on July 10. “The Red Cross volunteers who respond to help their neighbors are true heroes,” Boyd said. “And it’s the compassion of donors that power their response. We are grateful to everyone who makes this work possible.”
Initial Response – Monday, July 28
The American Red Cross was on the ground in Revere in the hours following the tornado strike, mobilizing people and resources to support the community. In partnership with the City of Revere, the Red Cross opened a shelter at Rumney Marsh Academy, 140 American Legion Highway to provide a safe place for families to recover and regroup. At the request of Mayor Rizzo, Red Cross volunteers also provided water and snacks to first responders working in the area.
Red Cross disaster assessment teams were active in the area, gathering information that would help determine community needs and scope of response. Caseworkers were deployed to work one-on-one with families affected by the storm.
To support the comprehensive response, Red Cross team members joined a command post established in Revere and the State Emergency Operations Center to coordinate requests for assistance.
The shelter was closed at 9:30pm after the Red Cross assisted one family in finding alternate shelter for the evening. Others affected by the tornado opted to shelter in place or stayed with family and friends.
A mobile kitchen unit was deployed to support feeding needs. A team of staff and volunteers delivered food and water to residents in the neighborhood surrounding Revere Beach Parkway after 9:00pm.
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