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Red Cross Responds to Flooding across Western and Central NY

Local resident, Suzanne Hook, receives assistance from her local Red Cross after recent flooding
The Red Cross remains in contact with emergency officials from across the Western and Central New York Region and is prepared to launch an additional response as needed.

The American Red Cross continues to help those affected by weekend flooding across the Western and Central New York Region. In Wyoming County, volunteers distributed 19 cleanup kits to 14 families this afternoon. The remaining kits, which include mops, buckets, bleach and more to help residents as they clean up after this weekend’s storms, are available at the Perry Village Clerk’s Office, 46 Main Street N. in Perry. For more information and to schedule a pickup, please contact the Wyoming County Health Department at 585-786-8890.

In Tioga County, seven people spent Sunday night at a Red Cross shelter at the Spencer/VanEtten School. That shelter has since closed. Volunteers also opened a shelter in the Tompkins County town of Newfield, where 12 people spent Sunday night. The Red Cross also opened two reception centers in Schuyler County at the Bradford School and the Odessa Fire Department. All shelters and reception centers have since been closed, as Red Cross caseworkers continue to work with affected families to make sure any ongoing needs are being met.

The Red Cross remains in contact with emergency officials from across the 26-County Western and Central New York Region, and is prepared to launch an additional response as needed.

Downloading the free Red Cross Emergency App: The Red Cross Emergency App provides people with instant access to emergency alerts and life-saving information. Available for smart phones and tablets, it includes content on what to do before, during and after a variety of severe weather events. Users can customize more than 35 emergency weather alerts based on their location and where loved ones live.

Other features include:

  • Make a Plan” helps families figure out what to do and where to go if a disaster strikes;
  • Preloaded emergency preparedness content is available in English And Spanish and can be accessed without mobile connectivity;
  • “Family Safe” allows people to notify loved ones who are in an area affected by an emergency or disaster; and
  • A real-time map with open Red Cross shelter locations and weather information.
  • The app is available in app stores by searching for American Red Cross or by going to redcross.org/apps.

    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.

    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 visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.