The Cape, Islands and Southeast Massachusetts Chapter worked tirelessly last week to respond to Winter Storm Juno which hit the Southeastern Coast harder than anywhere else in the state. Volunteer leads Cathy Hatch, Paul and Carol Neuger, Bob and Betty Hartman and Becky Alden worked around the clock behind the scenes supporting staffing and pretty much everything else that needed to be handled.
Prior to the storm Executive Director Hilary Greene and board members Dave Bushy, Tracy Shaughnessy and Lisa Maiden went to a local BJ’s to shop for food to stock the shelters. Dedicated volunteers tirelessly staffed shelters for 48-60 hours shifts at the height of the storm. In total eight shelters were staffed on Cape Cod, including shelters on Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket. The team sent supplies to Fall River and a shelter was staffed in Plymouth.
Disaster Action Team Captain Barry Rector and volunteer Maryanne Worth set up the shelter in Nantucket where the entire island lost power. Governor Charlie Baker visited the Nantucket shelter in the aftermath of the storm, thanking Red Cross volunteers and partner organizations for their service.
“We have the most amazing volunteers and while the storm was a challenge our team stepped up in immeasurable ways,” said Hilary Greene, Executive Director of the Chapter. “There are too many to name but we are eternally grateful to all who helped out.”
Volunteers from across the state came to assist their neighbors in the East. A Mobile Kitchen usually housed at the Pioneer Valley Chapter was deployed to the Nauset Shelter in Eastham on the Cape prior to the storm. It provided feeding there with two volunteers from Springfield, Ann and Paul Jacobs. They moved the kitchen to the Sandwich Shelter after the storm to feed displaced Cape Codders there before the shelter closed.
Red Cross volunteers from Maine, Rhode Island, Connecticut and New York also came to support the Chapter helping to close down the shelters, supply logistics and work on damage assessment and situational awareness in the hardest hit areas of the state from Sandwich to Scituate.