The American Red Cross on Saturday continued to assist flood victims in a variety of ways, including distribution of cleaning supplies, mobile feeding, and sheltering.
Here’s what Red Cross volunteers were doing Saturday throughout Herkimer, Oneida and Madison counties:
Bulk Distribution Sites
Red Cross volunteers assisted in the recovery of residents affected by this past week’s flooding by distributing water, sport drinks and cleaning supplies at bulk distribution centers in Ilion and Mohawk in Herkimer County, and Clinton in Oneida County. At all of the sites Saturday, the Red Cross provided clean-up kits, bleach, gloves and other items that will help residents clean their homes.
Health Services volunteers were available to provide first aid and medical assessments and referrals, while Mental Health Services volunteers were on hand to assess and tend to emotional needs and provide information on coping skills needed during a disaster. Red Cross caseworkers met with residents to establish long-term plans for recovery.
The Red Cross will open two more distribution sites from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday:
Through Friday night, the American Red Cross had provided 6,287 meals and 12,804 snacks to residents affected by the floods since June 28. On Saturday, Red Cross mobile feeding vehicles provided lunches and dinners in Whitesboro in Oneida County and Ilion, Van Hornesville and Starkville in Herkimer County.
As of late Saturday, the Red Cross was finalizing plans to conduct mobile feeding and mobile distribution of cleanup supplies on Monday in the city of Oneida, where several residents were impacted by more flash flooding Friday night.
The Red Cross shelter at the YMCA of the Greater Tri-Valley at 701 Seneca St. in the city of Oneida will remain open Saturday night and close at 8 a.m. Sunday. Other Red Cross shelters that were opened in Utica, the village of Herkimer and Fort Plain have already closed.
Through Friday night, the American Red Cross had provided 312 overnight shelter stays since June 28. If more flooding creates the need for additional shelters, the Red Cross has shelters on standby throughout the affected areas.
“We want the residents in all of the affected areas throughout the state to know that the Red Cross will be in their communities for as long as needed,” said Rosie Taravella, Chief Executive Officer of the American Red Cross Central New York Region. “From meals to cleanup supplies to emotional support, the Red Cross will be there.”
How To Help
As a non-profit organization, the American Red Cross relies on the dedication of volunteers and the generosity of donors to continue its lifesaving work. To make a donation to the local Red Cross to help the flood victims, visit www.redcross.org, call 1-800-RED CROSS, call your local chapter, or send a check to your local chapter.