From State Rep. Tim Whelan...
We just finished a conference call with Emergency Management officials from throughout the county. Here are a few updates:
Reports outages down to 80,000 (from a high of 102,000 this morning). They have brought in over 300 crew people from out of state and have made over 300 hotel reservations for their crews locally. They will be working 24 hours a day, working from main roads and main lines into the secondary roads/lines.
As reported in my earlier FB post, at 5 pm three regional shelters will open on Cape. They are as follows
1. Falmouth High School (874 Gifford St)
2. Barnstable Intermediate School (895 Falmouth Road)
3. Cape Cod Regional Tech (351 Pleasant Lake Av, Harwich)
All shelters will have DART volunteers who will accept pets into the shelter, albeit they will be kept separate from owners or other persons. Volunteers from the Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) are en-route to the opening shelters. Cape Medical Supply is pre-positioning oxygen tanks and oxygen generators for medically dependent folks. Food and volunteers are all arriving on site at the shelters as we speak. There is plenty of free parking for those who can drive. Contat your local police/fire if you, or someone you know, neds assistance to get to the shelters.
The shelter at Dennis-Yarmouth Regional High will NOT be opening unless conditions change and warrant this. This is a decision made between county emergency management and town officials based primarily upon the requests for shelter assistance. There have been less requests in Dennis and Yarmouth and the need has been noticeably more profound in other towns with open shelters. The three shelters that are opening are gladly accepting residents from ANY Cape town, and to be redundant, if you need assistance with getting to a shelter, please contact your local public safety agencies.
Lastly, when Cape Codders are faced with the worst, we continue to show our very best. We have friends and neighbors in need, and we have a ready supply of volunteers and service organizations stepping up to take care of our own. Cape Cod, you continue to amaze me with your resilience and excellence. We have the best community. Thank you all. Stay safe.