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The June 1 Tornadoes in Massachusetts - How you can help

Type:  Featured News  


Here are some key contacts for helping with the recovery from the tornados that hit parts of Western and Central Massachusetts on the evening of June 1, 2011.


The Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) has provided the following information:

  • The Commonwealth now has a website which is one-stop shopping for all Tornado recovery related issues:... http://fb.me/y1MwWTAl
  • MEMA is coordinating corporate donations for Tornado Victims at 508.820.1411.
  • Those who wish to volunteer to help with the Tornado Recovery should register by calling 2-1-1 (in Massachusetts).

As reported by MEMA:  On June 1, 2011, from approximately 4:30 PM to 10:00 PM, Western and Central Massachusetts were affected by severe thunderstorms producing heavy rain, strong winds, golf-ball-sized hail, and flash flooding.  These storms also produced a total of three tornadoes, the most significant of which was determined by the National Weather Service to be an EF (Enhanced Fujita) 3 with a maximum wind speed of about 160mph and a maximum width of half a mile. This tornado touched down in Westfield and traveled eastward for a total of 39 miles before lifting in Charlton.  Two other tornadoes, both classified as EF 1, briefly touched down in Wilbraham and Brimfield. 

These tornadoes damaged or destroyed numerous homes and commercial and industrial buildings, brought down thousands of trees, and caused a total of 4 fatalities and 200 injuries. 


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                  Peter Judge, MEMA PIO
June 7, 2011                                                              (508) 820-2002
FRAMINGHAM, MA – The Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) today announced that the United Way of Tri-County and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) National Donation Management System are helping coordinate donation and volunteer efforts for those affected by the June 1st storms in Western and Central Massachusetts.
“As the rebuilding process from the devastating tornadoes of June 1 proceeds, the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) encourages individuals and organizations, who wish to assist, to contribute wisely towards the recovery efforts,” states MEMA Director Kurt Schwartz.  “Ironically, donated goods and volunteers that are not specifically needed in a disaster area can hurt more than help.  To that end, the Commonwealth has set up a few processes to help you donate and volunteer.”
Those wishing to make monetary donations to assist the most impacted individuals can contribute to the Massachusetts Statewide Disaster Relief Fund.  This effort, hosted by the United Way of Tri-County can be found online at  www.unitedwaytri-county.org/disaster.  These funds will then be distributed in the form of grants to meet the needs of individuals and families through long-term recovery groups recognized by the Massachusetts Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (MAVOAD).
Members of the public interested in volunteering their time/skills or wishing to donate products/ equipment are encouraged to do so by using the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) National Donation’s Management System at  http://www.aidmatrixnetwork.org/FEMA/.
Any questions regarding volunteering or donating can be answered by calling 2-1-1.




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