Serving those impacted and first responders providing assistance

In response to Winter Storm Nemo,
the Massachusetts Division Emergency Disaster Service Team (EDS)has been involved in the following capacity:

As MEMA was activated the day before the storm, EDS had representation working directly with planning team including the MEMA director Kurt Schwartz.

Newburyport- In cooperation with City Emergency Management, opened a shelter the night of the storm including meal service as long as was needed. This also included supporting a family in West Newbury who suffered a total loss house-fire during the storm in coordination with the Fire Dept.

New Bedford- The Corps was asked to support first responders and emergency personnel at the city staging area, and also provided meals and snacks for the 60+ individuals utilizing the shelter. Major Parkhurst reported people reacting with tears in their eyes as they received hot food and the knowledge that people cared for them.The mayor made multiple acknowledgements of the great support of The Salvation Army during his press conference.

Martha's Vineyard- Our service extension unit supported local shelter operations with feeding for first responders working through the event and those unable to stay in their homes. Shelter operations began the afternoon of the storm and finished early this afternoon. Emergency social services will continue to be offered for those with additional needs.

Lowell- Provided breakfast food items and snacks for city emergency shelter in response to a request from the fire department.

Acushnet- Provided hot meals for the evening dinner shift at the local shelter in response to a request from emergency management.

Rochester- In coordination with the city management, New Bedford provided a canteen to support local feeding. The town was 94% without power when the response was initiated and had extremely limited resources.

Brockton- A team of EDS workers from Springfield was sent to provide staffing at an overnight shelter for those without power and dealing with the serious winter temperatures.

Marshfield- In response to a request through MEMA, supplied 320 personal hygiene kits to those staying in the emergency shelter

In coordination with Dept. of Homeland Security and the National Guard EDS provided two shelter trailers containing 200 cots/blankets/pillows which they will transport to Bridgeport, Connecticut to help set up emergency shelters in the hardest hit areas.

We will continue to work with the regional MEMA office in Bridgewater to help assess additional South Shore needs, including staffing at shelters and providing our 5 canteens if shelter numbers increase or mobile feeding is required.

Please continue to pray for those dealing with the aftermath of this storm including those still without power facing the severe cold over the next couple days.