The Cape Cod Foundation recently awarded the Cape Cod and Islands Chapter of the American Red Cross an $8,000 grant to support Cape and Islands disaster planning.
The funding will support the prepositioning of shelter equipment, supplies, food, water and communication systems to meet the emergency standards for an additional 3,600 potential evacuees in the event of a major disaster or emergency on the Cape and Islands.
The chapter now has the shelter supplies in place for 6,400 residents, and has provided trailers with materials to seven communities on Cape Cod and to the Vineyard and Nantucket. The new plan calls to increase sheltering capacity to 10,000. The $8,000 grant will be used toward additional shelter supplies.