Community Foundation collaboration could provide $100K in assistance to local flood victims

After FEMA denied individual assistance to victims of the Halloween floods, the Community Foundation of Herkimer and Oneida Counties is partnering with the Rising Phoenix Holdings Corporation to raise money locally.

Posted: Jan 6, 2020 1:58 PM
Updated: Jan 6, 2020 2:01 PM

UTICA, N.Y. – After FEMA denied individual assistance to victims of the Halloween floods, the Community Foundation of Herkimer and Oneida Counties is partnering with the Rising Phoenix Holdings Corporation to raise money locally.

Community members are invited to donate money to the Foundation for flood assistance, which Rising Phoenix Holdings will match up to $50,000.

"It’s been well documented, this community has a giving spirit and it comes together, particularly in times of need. People are anxious and willing to help their neighbors who are suffering from the effects of mother nature in this instance as well as others,” said John Swann, executive vice president of the Community Foundation.

Rising Phoenix Holdings Corporation is the parent company of disaster preparedness and recovery firms like Tidal Basin Government Consulting and Adjusters International, Ltd.

“Since any federal help for individuals is unlikely, local support is now even more important—and the partnership we announced last November with Rising Phoenix Holdings Corporation continues to double each dollar that we receive for flood recovery efforts,” said Alicia Dicks, Community Foundation president and CEO.

The company match could make up to $100,000 in aid available to help those whose homes and small businesses were damaged by the floods.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo has 30 days to appeal FEMA’s decision to deny federal assistance to flood victims. In a statement released Friday, Cuomo expressed his disappointment with the decision, saying:

FEMA needs to step up, do the right thing and help these people restore and rebuild their lives and homes. The agency's sole mission is to help communities dealing with disasters and a one-sentence denial is woefully inadequate and does nothing to offer hope for these families. We will be appealing this denial.

For more information, or to donate to the Foundation, visit: foundationhoc.org/floodmatch2019.

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