SYRACUSE, N.Y. (July 3, 2013) — The American Red Cross will continue to assist residents affected by this past week’s flooding by opening bulk distribution sites Friday, July 5, in Montgomery and Oneida counties, and Saturday, July 6, in Herkimer and Oneida counties.
At the sites, Red Cross volunteers will aid the recovery of residents whose homes were destroyed or damaged by providing water and cleanup supplies. Trained volunteers will also be available to offer emotional support.
The following bulk distribution sites will be open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday:
Montgomery County: Haslett Park, Main Street (near Route 5 South), Village of Fort Pla
Oneida County: Village Green, Village of Whitesboro, 8 Park Ave.; Oneida Castle Fire Department, 3989 Sholtz Road, Oneida Castle.
The following bulk distribution sites will be open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday:
Herkimer County: Remington Arms, 14 Hoefler Ave., Ilion; Mohawk High School, 28 Grove St., Village of Mohawk.
Oneida County: Village of Clinton Municipal Building, 3699 State Route 12-B, Clinton.
“Getting help into the hands of residents as quickly as possible is the priority of the Red Cross in times of disaster,” said Rosie Taravella, Chief Executive Officer of the American Red Cross Central New York Region. “From our experience with other major disasters, direct distribution of
relief items along with our outreach visits will speed up the recovery efforts for the residents in the affected areas.”
In the immediate aftermath of the flooding, the American Red Cross opened shelters in Utica (Oneida County), the city of Oneida (Madison County), the village of Herkimer (Herkimer County) and Fort Plain (Montgomery County). The Red Cross has provided 298 overnight stays at those shelters.
On Wednesday, the Red Cross closed the shelter at Harry Hoag Elementary School in Fort Plain at 4 p.m., and announced it will close the shelter at Mohawk Valley Community College in Utica at 8 a.m. Thursday. The village of Herkimer shelter was closed Monday. The shelter in the city of Oneida will remain open for Madison County residents who had to evacuate their homes.
Since Friday, the American Red Cross has provided more than 15,000 meals and snacks, more than 1,000 clean-up kits and more than 560 comfort kits to New York State residents who have been affected by the flooding.
“We encourage residents who were impacted by the floods to visit the bulk distribution sites to obtain needed supplies, but also seek the emotional support that will get them through this difficult time,” Taravella said.
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 your 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.