The creation for the MCRF was based on a thorough needs assessment and concern about the mounting incidents of local and global crises. On the Cape and Islands, we have experienced fierce hurricanes, epic winter storms, significant beach erosion, huge brush fires, and more. Recent outbreaks of Ebola and the Zika Virus have been well-documented, and the fear of terrorism is unfortunately ever-present. And now, it has been declared that New England is at increased risk for a major earthquake. Unfortunately, when it comes to the next major crisis, we believe it is a question of when, not if.