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Barnstable County Regional Emergency Planning Committee Prepares to Assist in Sheltering Effort for Migrants 

MACC activates to support state emergency response efforts 

September 16, 2022 (Barnstable, MA) | The Barnstable County Multi-Agency Coordination Center (MACC) activated at 9:00 AM to support the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) with sheltering and resource requests for 50 migrants who arrived in Martha’s Vineyard on Wednesday, September 14.  

Officials from MEMA contacted the BCREPC in preparation for transport of migrants from Martha’s Vineyard to Joint Base Cape Cod for shelter and provision of comfort, care, and food. In any emergency where shelters are deployed, the BCREPC activates the MACC per protocol to assist with shelter management, staffing, and general operations as needed. The MACC will remain activated until the shelter closes and the BCREPC will continue to provide support to MEMA as necessary. 

As part of the response effort, the Cape Cod Medical Reserve Corps (CCMRC) is standing by to provide support for shelter operations. Other County departments will provide any assistance to MEMA as requested. 

At this time, MEMA is directing individuals and organizations making offers of donations or who are interested in volunteering contact the Massachusetts Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (MASS VOAD) at  

All media requests are being directed to Governor Baker’s Office.  

About Barnstable County Regional Emergency Planning Committee: The Barnstable County Regional Emergency Planning Committee (BCREPC) is a coalition of law enforcement, fire service, health care, public health, public works, EMS, military, and numerous other affiliated agencies as outlined by the Massachusetts State Emergency Response Committee (SERC). It represents the towns of Barnstable, Bourne, Brewster, Chatham, Dennis, Eastham, Falmouth, Harwich, Mashpee, Orleans, Provincetown, Sandwich, Truro, Wellfleet, and Yarmouth in Barnstable County, and the town of Nantucket in Nantucket County. The mission of the BCREPC is to harness the power of planning, cooperation, and interoperability to assist Cape Cod communities in mitigating the threat from any hazard which may require the response of multiple jurisdictions.