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Tornadoes damage Springfield's Caring Health Center

6-6-11 Feature Story:

Springfield, MA -- Caring Health Center's 1040 Main Street location in Springfield sustained significant damage during last week's tornadoes. There were no reported injuries to patients or staff. The League is continuing to assess the impact of the tornadoes and severe thunderstorms on employees and patients of health centers located in the affected areas, and will be coordinating a membership-wide strategy for helping those in need.

In the meantime, two major efforts at the state level have been launched to bring immediate relief to individuals and families impacted by the storms:

  • Governor Deval Patrick has announced the opening of three Massachusetts Storm Assistance Centers in Springfield, Palmer and Southbridge, and has called on agencies across state government to work collaboratively to meet the urgent health, human service, housing and employment needs of those affected by the storms.
  • The Massachusetts Department of Public Health's Emergency Preparedness Bureau (EPB) has been asked to assist the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) with its information gathering as the state prepares its application for a Presidential Disaster Declaration which will result in the release of critical Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) disaster relief funds. The EPB is contacting hospitals, community health centers, EMS agencies, long-term care facilities and local public health authorities.

    The League's thoughts and concerns are with Caring Health Center and the individuals, health centers and communities impacted by this devastating storm.



    Photo courtesy of The Boston Globe. Caring Health Center is to the right on the furniture store.

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