American Red Cross disaster responders from across the region have come to the Mohawk Valley all week to provide assistance to victims of the Halloween floods.
Representatives from the Red Cross will be at the Newport Fire Department, 7370 Main St., Friday, and the Dolgeville Village Hall to distribute emergency supplies, clean up kits and bottled water. They are also offering mental health service meant to help people who have suffered a disaster. They will be on site in Dolgeville Saturday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
There will also be representatives from state agencies, including the Office of Financial Services, Office of Children Family Services, Department of Labor and Department of Health.
The Red Cross will also be in the town of Ohio Rec Hall at 6:30 p.m. Friday night during a public meeting for those affected by flooding. Several donations have been received and people can come and get items, clothes and bedding if needed.
"It's heart-wrenching to see the destruction this storm has caused, especially in communities that have been hit hard by floods before," said Mallory Brown, executive director of the American Red Cross, Mohawk Valley Chapter. "Red Cross staff and volunteers have been working around the clock since Halloween night to deliver care and comfort to those in need, and we will be here in the days and weeks to come to continue to help people on the long road to recovery."
Since Oct. 31, more than 80 trained Red Cross disaster workers have been mobilized and have:
- Served more than 3,000 meals and snacks with local partners.
- Distributed nearly 250 relief items, including clean-up kits containing items such as bleach, mops and gloves.
- Made more than 270 individual care contacts to support the community's health and mental health needs during this disaster.
For information on becoming an American Red Cross volunteer, visit: redcross.org/volunteer.
People affected by flood damage can also call 211 for assistance.