American Red Cross volunteers were called in many ways to support Massachusetts on March 26 – a storm a few hundred miles off the coast caused blizzard conditions in some parts of the state, the ensuing winds made fire scenes more difficult, and a 9-alarm fire ended in tragedy.
The American Red Cross of Massachusetts was there to answer the call.
As a monster storm whipped up the Eastern seaboard, power outages were reported on Cape Cod and the islands. Volunteers opened a warming center at the Nantucket High School, offering heat and a place to rfor residents to recharge cell phones. Coffee was onhand and by the end of the day, with power restored, the center closed.
There were a number of fires as well. In a single 24-hours, volunteers met with 57 fire clients at 14 fire responses. Most of the responses were in the Eastern part of the state where winds lashed buildings and people pushed out of their homes. Emergency shelter and recovery funds were offered to those in need, but just as important in some cases were the shoulders offered – walking those who have faced their worst day through what will be their recovery process.
Wednesday evening, Red Cross volunteers rushed to the scene of a 9-alarm fire in Boston. There were 150 firefighters who were working to evacuate residents and put out the fire. The Red Cross supported first responders and residents by providing food and hot coffee.
As residents recover from the fire, the Red Cross will be there to offer aid. We stand ready to assist the Boston Fire Department.