In the aftermath of last week’s floods in Northern New York, the American Red Cross distributed more than 160 clean-up kits to residents from Jefferson and Lewis counties whose homes were damaged by the floods.
The clean-up kits were distributed at the Glenfield Fire Department and through the Lewis County Office of Emergency Management, and at the Carthage Fire Department through the Jefferson County Office of Emergency Management. Clean-up kits include a broom, mop, bleach, bucket, gloves, trash bags and other cleaning supplies that will enable flood victims to start cleaning their homes.
The American Red Cross responded to the floods by deploying volunteers from throughout the Central New York Region for a variety of tasks. In addition to the distribution of clean-up kits, here’s how Red Cross volunteers assisted flood victims in Northern New York:
• Red Cross Mental Health Services volunteers were available to assess and tend to emotional needs and provide information on coping skills needed during a disaster. Red Cross caseworkers will continue to work with residents to establish long-term plans for recovery.
• The Red Cross opened a shelter April 16 at American Legion Post 789 in Carthage for residents who had to evacuate their homes because of flooding along the Black River. While only three people stayed at the shelter during the two nights it was open, the Red Cross was ready to provide shelter for up to 100 people if the flooding became more severe.
• Working with its community partners, the Red Cross received several cases and pallets of water from Pepsi, Price Chopper and Walmart for distribution to flood victims in Glenfield, Lowville and Carthage.
“While the shelter is closed and the clean-up kits have been distributed, we want all of the residents of Northern New York who were impacted by the floods to know that we remain available to assist you in any way possible as you continue your recovery,” said Jane Gendron, Community Executive of the American Red Cross of Northern New York. “We would also like to thank our partners from Jefferson and Lewis counties for their assistance and cooperation as we worked toward the best solutions for the flood victims in those areas.”
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 the 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.