With some funding from the State Executive Office of Public Safety and Security and the Federal Department of Homeland Security, the American Red Cross of Eastern Massachusetts is now better prepared to shelter more people in the event of an emergency.
The chapter recently used the grant to purchase eight sheltering trailers, including 100 cots and 200 blankets for each trailer.
“The Region absorbed the cost of the remainder of the supplies in the trailers which includes adult and child Comfort Kits, foam bed wedges, a table, chairs, a hand cart and extension cords,” explained Steve Napoli, Program Manager of External Relations. “We have also placed several medical cots to address the needs of persons with disabilities in each trailer.”
The medical cots were purchased with funds provided by the same agencies. Trailers are now being placed strategically throughout the Eastern Massachusetts region but will be able to support sheltering efforts throughout the state.