NORTHAMPTON, Mass. (WGGB) — Cities and towns throughout Western Massachusetts have set up temporary shelters to offer those without power a place to stay warm.
Smith Vocational High School in Northampton is being used as a shelter for the Hampshire County region. It’s been a busy place since power was knocked out throughout the area.
One of the people stopping by was Mary Janik of Easthampton, “I’m not sleeping good, I’m worried about my insulin because it’s supposed to be refrigerated,” says Mary Janik. Mary and her daughter Beth went to the shelter to get warm, “For one thing I can’t cook her a hot meal if she needs it, and we were cold,” says Beth Janik.
And that cold makes it especially tough on seniors like Mary Janik.
Many of the elderly who stay at the shelter bring medical issues as well according to shelter manager Ellen Patashnick,
That’s why the shelter operated by the Red Cross has teamed up with Cooley Dickinson Hospital to help coordinate the treatment of seniors who have particular medical issues.
And for those who may be reluctant for one reason or another, Fire Chief Brian Duggan has some words of advice,”If someone’s at home this would be their third night in a potentially cold home, and we’re advising the elderly top come here, it’s a regional shelter for the area, ” says Chief Duggan,
And another incentive to come to this shelter is that its pet friendly,
28 pets spent Sunday night here including this playful pup Harley.