First Responders Gearing Up for Possible Damages in Aftermath - NECN

First Responders Gearing Up for Possible Damages in Aftermath



    (NECN: Eileen Curran, Framingham, Mass.) - Local first responders are gearing up at the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency headquarters to respond to possible Hurricane Irene damages.

    Mass. Gov. Deval Patrick arrived at the MEMA bunker in Framingham, for what is expected to be a very busy weekend.

    The bunker has been up and running during the day since Tuesday and will start round the clock on Saturday.

    Officials are keeping a close watch on the weather reports, and will monitor Hurricane Irene as she hits landfall further south to see how that will affect the response here.

    Meanwhile, 30 state, local and even federal agencies are already on duty.

    At the American Red Cross office in Cambridge, Mass., workers are gearing up for another disaster response. Since this spring, the Red Cross has helped people weather more than 40 disasters in 31 states.

    The work here has already begun.

    Red Cross officials say the key for the public is having an emergency kit, with water, food, flashlights and other important items.