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News from the Barnstable County Sheriffs Office


CERT teams to gather up essentials for those coping with fury of Sandy, truckers have already stepped forward
BOURNE, Mass Members of Sheriff James M. Cummingss CERT initiative (Community Emergency Response Teams) are giving Cape Cod residents a perfect opportunity to help New Jersey shore area residents left homeless or otherwise cast adrift in the wake of Hurricane Sandys epic flooding. Four sites have been designated as collection points for their planned effort, but the time to respond is now. Whatever is accumulated will be loaded onto delivery trucks and begin the trek south on Route 95 on Saturday or Sunday at the latest. First and only stop: Neptune, New Jersey. It is time to look past our own good fortune in being largely spared Sandys wrath, Sheriff Cummings observed. We need to help our fellow East Coasters, our fellow Americans really, and make a meaningful commitment to the ongoing relief effort there. Working with the Sheriff CERT teams will be Margo Cahoon, a public-spirited Cape Codder who has helped set up Cape Cod Care Package in direct response to the human suffering left in Sandys wake. Overseeing the effort for Sheriff Cummings will be Chrystal LaPine, his director of public safety training. The four drop-off locations will be open tomorrow morning from 8 AM to 4 PM and for that same eight-hour block Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday. They include: The Barnstable County Correctional Facility, 6000 Sheriffs Place, Bourne. The West Barnstable Fire Department, Route 149, West Barnstable. The Sheriffs Youth Ranch, 1445 Osterville-West Barnstable Road, West Barnstable. Cape & Islands Emergency Medical Services, 66 Bayview Road, West Yarmouth (behind Cape Cod Hospital in Hyannis.) Cash donations will be accepted at the Cape & Islands EMS location only. As for the preferred items, the list includes:
work gloves non-latex gloves sweatshirts

thermal underwear contractor bags batteries (all sizes) flashlights shovels DuraFlame logs matches lighters mops brooms face masks assorted toiletries non-prescription pain medications hand sanitizer waterless shampoo baby food baby wipes diapers (all sizes) toddler food non-perishable snack and food items games and coloring books for kids washcloths, towels, blankets

Two Cape Cod firms have already promised the overland trucking that will be required to hold and haul whatever commodities are collected. That would be Nick DeCostas SNS Transport in Sandwich and Charlie Stang & Sons Transport Company in Nantucket. Please, Sheriff Cummings concluded in a plea to prospective donors, be generous.