To assist in the recovery of residents affected by this past week’s flooding, the American Red Cross will open bulk distribution centers Saturday, July 6, and Sunday, July 7, in Herkimer, Oneida and Madison counties.
Red Cross volunteers will provide water and cleaning supplies for residents whose homes were damaged or destroyed by the floods. Trained volunteers will also be available to offer emotional support and physical and mental health services.
The following three bulk distribution sites will be open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday:
The following two bulk distribution sites will be open from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday:
At all of the sites on Saturday and Sunday, the Red Cross will provide supplies such as bleach, gloves and trash bags that will help residents clean their homes.
Health Services volunteers will be available to provide first aid and medical assessments and referrals, while Mental Health Services volunteers will assess and tend to emotional needs and provide information on coping skills needed during a disaster. Red Cross caseworkers will work with residents to establish long-term plans for recovery.
On Friday, the Red Cross opened bulk distribution sites in Oneida Castle and Whitesboro in Oneida County, and Fort Plain in Montgomery County. Hundreds of residents who were affected by the flooding visited the sites to receive supplies and support.
“I was at the Whitesboro bulk distribution site today, and I was touched by the stories of people whose lives have been turned upside down by the floods,” said Rosie Taravella, Chief Executive Officer of the American Red Cross Central New York Region. “Our hope is that the direct distribution of these relief items, along with our outreach visits, will be the start of the recovery process for these residents.”
Oneida Shelter To Close Sunday Morning
The Red Cross shelter at the YMCA of the Greater Tri-Valley at 701 Seneca St. in the city of Oneida will 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 Thursday night, the American Red Cross had provided 306 overnight shelter stays, more than 17,000 meals and snacks, and more than 1,600 clean-up and comfort kits to residents who were affected by the flooding.
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.
About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or join our blog at http://blog.redcross.org.