The American Red Cross of Northeastern New York is continuing operations in response to last week’s flooding event in Fort Plain. One sign of progress is that shelter at the Harry Hoag Elementary School was closed Wednesday afternoon. Working in partnership with the Montgomery County Department of Social Services, the Red Cross found suitable housing for all the families who had been staying in the shelter.
Since response operations began last Friday, the Red Cross has:
While sheltering has been completed, Red Cross staffers and volunteers will continue providing services in Montgomery County in three other areas. The American Red Cross will continue distributing available cleaning materials, such as shovels, gloves, bleach and buckets. Feeding operations will also continue, as the Red Cross mobile kitchen will stay in operation at the School to provide lunches and hot dinners to Fort Plain residents, as well as prepare meals that will be transported to relief operations underway in hard-hit areas in Herkimer and Oneida counties.
Finally, caseworkers will continue working with residents affected by the flooding to establish long-term plans for recovery. Volunteers and staffers will be in vehicles and on-foot in the neighborhoods assessing clients' needs, including health and mental health services. Red Cross workers will continue cooperation with community partners in the area, including ARC of Montgomery County, Habitat for Humanity, the Reformed Church of Fort Plain, the United Methodist Church of Fort Plain, the River of Jubilee Church in Sprakers, and the Valley Alliance Church of Nelliston. Organizations from Schoharie County, such as Schoharie Recovery Inc., are also present to help and lend their expertise in flooding recovery. The Red Cross participated in a meeting with these and other organizations as part of the Long Term Recovery Committee on Wednesday to discuss coordination of efforts over the next week and for the longer recovery process. The Committee plays a significant role in helping address community resiliency, a topic that the Red Cross is currently seeking to promote in Montgomery and Schoharie counties, and eventually other counties in the region.
Red Cross efforts are also turning to raising funds to help in the disaster recovery. Donations can be made through the website, www.redcross.org, the 1-800-REDCROSS hotline, and by texting REDCROSS to 90999 for a $10 donation. Checks can also be sent to the American Red Cross of Northeastern New York at 33 Everett Road, Albany NY 12205.
Trained Red Cross volunteers and staff are on call 24 hours a day, seven days a week - and are ready to help when needed with disaster assessment, client casework, sheltering, mass care, feeding, and more.