The American Red Cross continues to help those affected by Tuesday’s severe weather and flooding. Volunteers are currently distributing clean up kits including mops, buckets, bleach, rubber gloves and more materials residents need as they return to their homes at the Swain Resort and Westfield Central School until 7pm Friday.
Starting on Saturday, the Red Cross is partnering with Chautauqua County officials as part of a multi-agency resource center at the Portland Volunteer Fire Department, where residents will be able to meet with various agencies that can assist in their recovery all in one place. Red Cross volunteers will be providing clean up kits and doing casework, meeting individually with affected families to work on a long-term recovery plan. The resource center will be open from 9am-4pm Saturday, July 18-Tuesday, July 21 at the Portland Volunteer Fire Department, 6481 Main Road in Portland.
Through Thursday, 303 Red Cross clean up kits had been distributed to residents in and around the townships of Brocton, Silver Creek and Westfield. The Red Cross would like to thank area fire departments and emergency officials for their support since the severe weather began; the Brocton, Silver Creek and Westfield Central Schools for helping shelter residents in the first days of this response; and community partners including the Salvation Army, Wegmans, Home Depot, Tops Markets, McDonalds, Tim Hortons and the Wing City Grill for supporting the relief efforts.
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.