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Eight People Deployed to MA for Winter Storm Response

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"the Red Cross is working with state and local partners to coordinate a swift recovery"

The American Red Cross is responding across the Northeast to a massive winter storm, providing shelter and other assistance to those impacted by snow, high winds, and widespread power outages. On Wednesday morning, eight Red Cross workers from locations throughout the Eastern New York Region deployed to Massachusetts to support ongoing relief efforts. 

As part of the deployment, a Red Cross Emergency Response Vehicle (ERV) was driven from Albany, NY to Hyannis, MA, where the Red Cross is working especially hard to assist those affected by the storm in the state's coastal areas.

Volunteers Mike Tripodi and Rich Alexander departed from the Northeastern New York Chapter in Albany on Wednesday morning, driving the ERV. Loaded up with supplies, Tripodi and Alexander will help support mobile feeding operations for residents who may have been snowed in or left without power during the storm. 

Red Cross staffers Elizabeth Briand and Lauren Putney also departed from Albany on Wednesday morning. They will support government operations during their deployment, working with partners across the state to coordinate response efforts and ensure that critical needs are met.

Kathie Cayton and Michael Schwartz, staffers from the Mid-Hudson Valley and Mohawk Valley Chapters, respectively, followed Tripodi, Alexander, Briand and Putney from Albany to Massachusetts, headed for the relief operation headquarters in Cambridge, MA. From there, Cayton will manage logistics, ensuring that supplies and resources are readily available throughout the response. Schwartz will provide direction for information and planning throughout the duration of his deployment.

Also deployed on Wednesday were Charlie Diorio of the Mid-Hudson Valley and Bob Fitzgerald from the North Country Chapter. Diorio will serve as a shelter supervisor in Massachusetts, ensuring that those displaced by the storm have a safe, warm place to sleep, especially as temperatures dip into the teens. Fitzgerald will support health services, tending to the physical and mental health needs of shelter residents and people digging out from the storm. All eight Red Cross workers are prepared to stay in Massachusetts for up to two weeks.

Several reporters were in Albany on Wednesday morning to talk with those deploying before they left. Watch their interviews on Time Warner Cable News, News10 ABC, NewsChannel 13, and CBS6.

Since the onset of the Northeast blizzard, Red Cross workers have served more than 4,800 meals and snacks in Massachusetts, New York, Connecticut and Rhode Island. The Red Cross has opened or supported a total of 24 shelters in Massachusetts, and more than 340 people spent Tuesday night in shelters across the state. Several emergency response vehicles, including the one from Albany, are coming in from New York to help deliver supplies directly to impacted communities, and the Red Cross is working with state and local partners to coordinate a swift recovery from the storm.

This winter storm comes on the heels of several large home fires in recent weeks. On average, the Red Cross responds to a disaster every eight minutes, and most of these are home fires. The Red Cross relies on financial contributions to provide help and comfort to disaster victims, anywhere, anytime.

You can help people affected by disasters like winter storms, home fires and countless other crises by making a donation to support American Red Cross Disaster Relief. Your gift enables the Red Cross to prepare for, respond to and help people recover from disasters big and small. Visit, call 1-800-RED CROSS or text REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation.