Blizzard of 2013 Yarmouth Cape Cod Updates

Yarmouth and all of Cape Cod are beginning to dig out from the Blizzard of 2013.  Crews continue to work hard to clear roads to make them safe for residents to drive.  While the statewide driving ban has been lifted, people are urged to stay off the roads if at all possible to allow crews to continue working.  Below is an updated media release from Barnstable County Regional Planning Committee regarding the status of local shelters in the aftermath of the storm:

BCREPC Media Release 2013-01-003
February 9, 2013
For Immediate Release
Update: 12:30 p.m. shelter update

BARNSTABLE – The Barnstable County Regional Emergency Planning Committee (REPC) announces the following status of the regional shelters and the procedure for those seeking transport to the shelters.

Shelter Status:

1.  The Sandwich High School regional shelter will close.

2. Clients currently at the Sandwich High School shelter will be transported to the Falmouth High School shelter.

3. The Falmouth High School shelter will be upgraded from a community shelter to a regional shelter.

4. The Dennis Yarmouth Regional High School regional shelter will maintain its current status.

5. The Nauset Regional High School regional shelter will maintain its current status.

Transporation:

The Cape Cod Regional Transit Authority (RTA) will provide transportation to expedite the movement of clients to and between shelters.

Anyone in need of transportation to the regional shelter system should contact the RTA at the following number: 508-385-1437. (Police and fire personnel make take the information and relay to the RTA.) When calling for transportation be prepared to provide the following information:

1. Name and phone number of person requesting transport
2. Exact address with town and cross street if possible
3. Client mobility–does the client require a walker or wheelchair
5. Medical needs including the use of oxygen
6. Will the transport of a pet be required

For those seeking sheltering , the American Red Cross suggests clients have enough of what they need for  three days and suggests bringing the following items to the shelter: medications, glasses, emergency contact card, flashlight, sanitation/personal hygiene items, cell phone and charger, emergency blanket, extra cash, and pet food/kitty litter for those with pets (caged or on leash).
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In addition the Yarmouth and Cape Cod Chambers of Commerce have been busy locating available hotel rooms for NStar utility repair crews. This is a challenge given that many of our hotels do not have power or phone service.  Thankfully we’ve been able to identify enough available hotel rooms to meet their needs.  Crews have a lot of work on the Cape to restore service and they are meeting that challenge by allocating significant resources to Cape Cod and Yarmouth.  Please be patient and know that help is on the way and everyone is doing the best they can to restore your roadways and utilities to normal as soon as possible.

Stay safe everyone and work together.  Think about how you can help your neighbors in need whether it be with a little extra energy behind a shovel or perhaps the offer to charge a cell phone or warm up in front of your fire.  Working together as a community we’ll soon all be looking back, telling our stories of the Blizzard of 2013!

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