American Red Cross is always there to help in an emergency

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There was no shortage of people across the region helping others during last week’s flooding.

Although the impacts of the flooding are severe and continuing for dozens of area residents, we can take some solace in that fact that there were no reported deaths or serious injuries as a result of the flooding. While many roads have been returned to service and some of homeowners from across the county have bee n allowed to return to their homes, there are still several roads which still require significant repairs to structure damage while many homeowners, including several in the River Street area in Rome, are still not able to return home or even complete their cleanups.

For those impacted by the flooding, there is, however, at least one constant — volunteers from the Central and Northern New York Chapter of the American Red Cross were here, virtually as soon as the rain-swelled creeks, streams, rivers and lakes began to overflow their banks. The American Red Cross provided immediate emergency aid to at least 70 people after floodwaters damaged or destroyed their homes in areas in and around Rome.

No matter the disaster, or its size or scope, the American Red Cross responds. So far, the organization has provided financial assistance which can be used for necessities such as shelter, food, and clothing to 46 adults and 24 children, ranging in age from 2 months to 17. Volunteers also offered traditional health services, mental health services and emotional support  They also helped coordinate assistance for services for one eligible local veterans’ services.

“In the coming days, Red Cross staff and volunteers will remain available to help those affected by the fire as they navigate the road to recovery,” officials said.

To do these good works — as well as countless others from helping to ensure a safe and adequate blood supply for medical emergencies; to helping train lifeguards, first responders and sports coaches; to being on the scene of house fires to immediately assist families and individuals — the Red Cross relies on the generosity of local donors to help families prepare, respond, and recover from disasters. Donations can be made through the American Red Cross website, redcross.org or by calling 1-800-RED-CROSS.

People can also help by volunteering with the Red Cross and responding to home fires and other disasters in the community. Browse current volunteer opportunities now at redcross.org/volunteer.

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