BREWER, Maine — A team of American Red Cross staffers is at the emergency shelter set up at the Brewer Auditorium and a second team was dispatched Friday to Clifton to knock on doors and check on those who might need help after the recent ice storm.
“We have an outreach team going to Clifton. Clifton still has power outages,” Mike Mason, regional director of emergency services for the American Red Cross of Maine, said by phone from Portland.
The Red Cross worked with the Maine Emergency Management Agency of Penobscot County to identify the area of need, Danielle Hardre, American Red Cross of Maine disaster program manager, said.
“We heard early this morning that 166 people were still without power out there,” she said. Red Cross volunteers left Brewer at about 11:30 a.m. and went door-to-door in Clifton checking on people.
Residents without power may be unaware that the emergency shelter in Brewer is open, which is why staffers with the Pine Tree Chapter of the American Red Cross headed in that direction, Mason and Hardre said.
“We had 12 people for lunch today,” Hardre said of the emergency shelter. “A lot of people were able to go home today because of the incredible efforts of the repair crews. Even so, we’ll be definitely open through tomorrow.”