Winter Storm Stella Response!

We are proud to announce that our UMV MRC volunteers came through with flying colors for a deployment request on March 14, 2017.

The forecast for 'Winter Storm Stella' indicated that a blizzard may be approaching our region. Residents braced for gale-force winds, snowfall amounts of up to 24 inches, and the potential for significant damage to roads and power lines. When MRC staff members received the first reports of power outages in one of our seven communities, we asked our members to submit their 'standby' availability for service.

Sixty-nine UMV MRC members replied within hours! Most of them let us know when they would be available for coverage at emergency shelters and warming centers, and to make well-check calls. A few promptly informed us that they were out of the country -- as far away as South Africa and Japan! -- but were sending us their best wishes throughout the storm.

Previous storms across our region have caused significant snow accumulation, hazardous roads, and power outages.
Our volunteers helped vulnerable residents who visited warming centers during an ice storm.

Fortunately, Massachusetts was well prepared to minimize the impact. The storm eventually proved to be less dangerous than predicted. However, no one can know how severe a weather emergency will become. In the past, our unit has been called upon to staff shelters around the clock, across five communities, for up to a week. We needed all levels of members to cover a wide range of assignments. It is gratifying to realize from our members' response to this winter's storm that we are still ready and willing to serve in a disaster. Please accept our sincere gratitude for your dedication.


Upper Merrimack Valley Medical Reserve Corps, 55 Main Street, Westford, MA 01886