MONTGOMERY COUNTY, N.Y. -- As flooding throughout Montgomery County continues to effect residents, many are asking how they can help. Montgomery County NY Emergency Management has issued the following list for those who wish to help, and those who need it.
HOW TO HELP
Volunteers are being coordinated by the Reformed Church. Volunteers should report to the Church ready to work and will be sent out in teams to complete various cleanup tasks. Additionally, Habitat for Humanity has organized a volunteer day on Wednesday, July 3rd. Volunteers should meet at the Reformed Church at 9am.
To donate non-perishable food items:
Fulmont Community Action Agency has been designated as a relief agency to assist with recovery efforts in Fort Plain. Monetary donations to help families affected by the flooding can be sent to the agency. Non-perishable food items can be dropped off.
To donate cleaning supplies:
The Methodist Church has been designated as the drop off site for cleaning supplies. Buckets, mops, garbage bags, etc.
To donate clothing and personal items:
The Valley Alliance Church is accepting donations of clothing, personal hygiene items, diapers, etc.
To donate money:
Fulmont Community Action is accepting monetary donations. Additionally, United Way has a donation text number dedicated to providing relief money to flood victims in the Mohawk Valley. Text UNITED to 52000.
WHERE YOU CAN RECIEVE HELP
For Non-Perishable Food,
National Grid Inspections:
Please go to the Fulmont Community Action Agency.
For Disaster Assistance:
State/FEMA teams are onsite assessing damage but not accepting applications at this time. Joint State/FEMA preliminary damage assessments began Monday, July 1st. The Statea/FEMA teams will be conducting road and bridge damage assessments, as well as outdoor home assessments. These assessments are the first step in the State requesting Federal Disaster Assistance. Information on how to apply for assistance will be made available at a later date if a federal disaster declaration is made.
For Social Services:
The Montgomery County Department of Social Services will be set up at two locations in Fort Plain – the Senior Center and the Harry Hoag School - Fort Plain Senior Center to aid residents in filing for assistance.
For Emergency Shelter/Mobile Kitchen:
The American Red Cross continues to operate an emergency shelter and mobile kitchen at the Harry Hoag Elementary School.
For Tetanus shots:
Anyone who is not up to date with a Tetanus/Diptheria/Pertussis vaccine and has participated in flood-related cleanup, please call Montgomery County Public Health. Free shots will be given at Dr. Rao's office Tuesday, July 2nd from 1 – 3p.
For assistance with electric and gas service:
National Grid is set up at the Fort Plain Fire Department for assistance with electric and gas services.