The first storm of the year hit Massachusetts on Jan. 2, but the Red Cross had been preparing since before New Year’s Eve.
Thursday night volunteers operated one shelter in Plymouth and had an additional nine shelters on standby - with staffing teams and logistics supplies on alert. Red Crossers staffed the State Emergency Operations Center in Framingham for 24 hours over the past two days and communicated with dozens of local municipal emergency managers during their storm preparations.
Friday we were monitoring the coastal flood threat along the South Shore and the Upper Cape but thankfully the most intense flooding forecasts did not materialize.
We have seen a busy few days of house fire responses as the extreme cold provides an increased fire threat. Since New Year's Eve we have responded to 15 incidents and assisted 101 people; including a large response this morning in North Attleboro where we have a client reception center open this afternoon to assist additional residents.
As we move through the weekend these cold temperatures are forecast to linger, this could mean an increased house fire response into Saturday and Sunday.
Ways to protect yourself and your home include: