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Red Cross Distributing Clean Up Kits Thursday at Westfield Central School

Boy helps clean up in OKC tornado aftermath

The American Red Cross continues to help those affected by Tuesday’s severe weather and flooding. Volunteers will be distributing clean up kits, including mops, buckets, bleach, rubber gloves and more materials residents will need as they return to their homes Thursday, July 16 from 11a-2pm and again between 5pm-7pm at Westfield Central School, 203 East Main Street, Westfield. Affected families will also be able to get water at the distribution site, thanks to a generous donation from The Home Depot, and our partners at the Salvation Army will be serving hot meals during the distribution.

Clean up kits will also be available beginning Thursday at the Silver Creek Department of Public Works, 1318 Routes 5 & 20 . Residents should call Silver Creek officials at 934-3240 to schedule a pickup.

Currently, Disaster Action Team (DAT) volunteers Sarah Brown and Mary Walker or responding to the scene of a fire in Dunkirk, providing immediate emergency assistance for three people. Red Cross assistance typically includes vouchers for temporary housing, food and clothing as needed, and affected families will meet with caseworkers in the coming days to work on a long-term recovery plan.

Flood Recovery Tips

  • * Return home only when officials have declared the area safe.
  • * Before entering your home, look outside for loose power lines, damaged gas lines, foundation cracks or other damage.
  • * Parts of your home may be collapsed or damaged. Approach entrances carefully. See if porch roofs and overhangs have all their supports.
  • * Watch out for wild animals, especially poisonous snakes that may have come into your home with the floodwater.
  • * If you smell natural or propane gas or hear a hissing noise, leave immediately and call the fire department.
  • * If power lines are down outside your home, do not step in puddles or standing water.
  • * Keep children and pets away from hazardous sites and floodwater.
  • * Materials such as cleaning products, paint, batteries, contaminated fuel and damaged fuel containers are hazardous. Check with local authorities for assistance with disposal to avoid risk.
  • * During cleanup, wear protective clothing, including rubber gloves and rubber boots.
  • * Make sure your food and water are safe. Discard items that have come in contact with floodwater, including canned goods, water bottles, plastic utensils and baby bottle nipples. When in doubt, throw it out!
  • * Contact your local or state public health department to see if your water supply might be contaminated. You may need to boil or treat it before use. Do not use water that could be contaminated to wash dishes, brush teeth, prepare food, wash hands, make ice or make baby formula!

The Red Cross relies on financial contributions to provide help and comfort to disaster victims anywhere, anytime. You can help people affected by disasters like flooding, home fires and countless other crises by making a donation to support American Red Cross Disaster Relief. Your gift enables the Red Cross to prepare for, respond to and help people recover from disasters big and small. Visit redcross.org, call 1-800-RED CROSS or text the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation.