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Press Release Baker-Polito Administration Provides Update Regarding Emergency Response Plan for Migrants Sheltering at Joint Base Cape Cod

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  • Executive Office of Public Safety and Security
  • Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency
  • Massachusetts National Guard

Media Contact for Baker-Polito Administration Provides Update Regarding Emergency Response Plan for Migrants Sheltering at Joint Base Cape Cod

Elaine Driscoll, Director of Communications and Policy

BarnstableToday, the Baker-Polito Administration announced an update regarding the shelter and humanitarian supports being provided at Joint Base Cape Cod (JBCC) for the approximately 50 migrants who arrived in Martha’s Vineyard this week. The Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) continues to lead coordination efforts among state and local officials to ensure access to food, shelter and essential services for these men, women, and children. Governor Charlie Baker has officially activated up to 125 members of the Massachusetts National Guard as part of this relief effort.

On Friday, September 16, the Commonwealth offered the migrants a voluntary transition from Martha’s Vineyard facility to Joint Base Cape Cod (JBCC). State officials provided transportation to individuals and families from the island to a temporary shelter on JBCC, where a broad range of services have been established to support urgent needs.

The dormitory-style space at JBCC allows organizers to create specific housing areas for families, who will remain together as a unit, women, and any person with specific needs including medical care. Dedicated space for these groups ensures their continued safety, security, and privacy. 

MEMA continues to closely collaborate with state agencies and non-profit organizations to provide individuals and families with access to a variety of services that are presently underway, including:

  • Clothing and hygiene kits
  • Food & Drink
  • Assessment of needs, including ongoing transportation needs
  • Access to health care, mental health, and crisis counseling services
  • Access and technical capabilities to ensure ongoing access to legal services
  • Case Management for accessing temporary housing and educational services for children
  • Bi-lingual staff and Interpreter services

In addition to MEMA, the robust response of state and local agencies includes the Executive Office of Health and Human Services, the Executive Office of Public Safety and Security, the Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development, the Massachusetts National Guard, the Massachusetts State Police, Dukes County and Barnstable County, as well as state, local and federal elected officials.

DONATION GUIDANCE: The Commonwealth greatly appreciates the many generous offers of donations and help from people and organizations across the state. At this time all immediate needs of shelter clients are being met though existing resources provided by our state partners, and the voluntary organizations assisting us in this temporary shelter operation. Unsolicited volunteers and donations cannot be accepted at Joint Base Cape Cod. Individuals and organizations looking to support emergency relief efforts like this should send an email to the Massachusetts Voluntary Organizations Active in Disasters at

MEDIA NOTE: There is no media access to the base today. Here is a series of images from inside the JBCC dorm facility. Please provide the Massachusetts National Guard with video and photo credit.


Media Contact for Baker-Polito Administration Provides Update Regarding Emergency Response Plan for Migrants Sheltering at Joint Base Cape Cod

Executive Office of Public Safety and Security 

EOPSS is responsible for the policy development and budgetary oversight of its secretariat agencies, independent programs, and several boards which aid in crime prevention, homeland security preparedness, and ensuring the safety of residents and visitors in the Commonwealth.

Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency 

Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency ensures the state is prepared to withstand, respond to and recover from all types of emergencies and disasters.

Massachusetts National Guard 

The Massachusetts National Guard is an operational reserve of the United States Army and Air Force that provides ready, relevant and reliable troops and equipment to respond to natural disasters or other civil emergencies when activated by the Governor. The Guard also supports the federal military mission when activated to duty by the President of the United States.

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