Red Cross Volunteers to Provide Cleaning Supplies, Emotional Support
SYRACUSE, N.Y. (July 4, 2013) — To assist in the recovery of residents affected by this past week’s flooding, the American Red Cross will open bulk distribution centers Friday, July 5, in Oneida and Montgomery counties.
Red Cross volunteers will provide water and cleaning supplies for residents whose homes were destroyed or damaged by the floods. Trained volunteers will also be available to offer emotional support and physical and mental health services.
The following bulk distribution sites will be open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday:
At all three sites, Red Cross volunteers will distribute coolers, gloves, trash bags, rakes, shovels, tarps, comfort kits and clean-up kits. Comfort kits include deodorant, toothbrush, toothpaste, tissues, wash cloth, shampoo, liquid soap, lotion, comb, razor and shaving cream. Clean-up kits include a broom, mop, bleach, bucket and gloves.
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.
“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.”
The American Red Cross will also open bulk distribution sites Saturday in Herkimer and Oneida counties. The following bulk distribution sites will be open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday:
At all three sites on Saturday, the Red Cross will provide water, bleach, gloves, shovels, trash bags and clean-up kits, along with health services and casework.
Through Wednesday night, the American Red Cross had provided 298 overnight shelter stays, more than 15,000 meals and snacks, and more than 1,600 clean-up and comfort kits to residents who were affected by the flooding.
The Red Cross opened shelters in the city of Oneida, Utica, the village of Herkimer, and Fort Plain. The shelter at the YMCA of the Greater Tri-Valley at 701 Seneca St. in the city of Oneida remains open. The other shelters have been closed.
“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.