Cape Nonprofit Group Preparing for Hurricane Season and Other Crises

HYANNIS – The Atlantic Hurricane Season officially begins on June 1, and the Cape Cod and Islands Major Crisis Relief Fund is establishing itself as an organization that aims to help Cape Codders for the long-term in the aftermath of a disaster.

MCRF is looking to raise $1 million in the next year to be able to provide humanitarian aid during a major crisis, after first responder organizations have left the area.

“When that’s all over, it’s just the social agencies in the community that are called upon to help, and they’re strapped,” said Judy Walden Scarafile, Managing Director of MCRF. “We could come in with money to help for long-term relief.”

Many times a natural or man-made disaster strikes without warning, and that’s why MCRF believes that there needs to be a sense of urgency.

 “We could have another earthquake, we could have a hurricane, although we would have a little bit of warning for that,” Walden Scarafile said. “But terrorism or a nuclear problem? We wouldn’t even see it coming, so we need to be prepared financially.”

Funds raised would directly support Cape Codders in a variety of ways in the wake of a disaster, and donations can be made at