Grant will help in disaster readiness for region

By WKTV News

(WKTV) - Around this time last year, no one was expecting flooding of the caliber the area received.

But a new grant aims to get the entire community involved in preparation and resiliency.

In the weeks after the Flood of 2013, volunteers with the Red Cross served up more than 30,000 meals and snacks from locations such as the parking lot of the KMart store in Herkimer. On Monday, in that same lot, Red Cross officials announced a partnership with the Community Foundation of Herkimer and Oneida Counties for a program called Ready CNY.

Along with it comes a $50,000 grant for disaster readiness. When the flooding struck just under a year ago, no one could have imagined how bad it would get, as each day the disaster seemed to get worse -- and it took an entire community to respond.

"I think it really shows residents the importance of being prepared," said Jan Squadrito, senior program officer of the Community Foundation of Herkimer and Oneida County. "I think it's easy to think that disasters happen somewhere else, but now it's in our minds that it can happen anywhere, be it Herkimer or anywhere else in our region."

The Community Foundation was able to help out with $36,000 in 2013 in direct disaster relief grants. The $50,000 grant is an effort to look to the future and make bouncing back easier.


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