American Red Cross volunteers and staff will be on duty during the Boston Red Sox victory parade – just in case.
During large events, American Red Cross volunteers have a role to play in staffing “Emergency Support Function 6.” The Red Cross is the agency providing mass care – sheltering those displaced in a large event like a flood or an evacuation, feeding hundreds or thousands in those shelters – if the worst happens.
During the Boston Marathon, Red Cross volunteers were on alert, staffing the Disaster Operations Center at Headquarters in Cambridge. Within minutes of the bombs going off on April 15, the relief operation was already in full gear.
Volunteers will be staffing the Emergency Operations Center at the Massachusetts Emergency Agency in Framingham; they’ll be staffing the Emergency Operations Center in Boston; and will remotely staff the Medical Intelligence Center in Boston. The Red Cross Disaster Operations Center in Cambridge will be on alert as well, and volunteers have already signed up for shifts.
TVs will be on, watching the rally of course, and all will hope for a rally with nothing but duck boats, beards and revelers.