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