UNY urgent need for disaster response volunteers
On October 31, 2019, a storm hit the Mohawk Valley in Upstate New York. As a result, thousands of residents are dealing with water and mud issues, including flooded basements. The flooding was so bad in some areas that homes were knocked off their foundations. UMCOR has responsed and helped many get through the devastation this event caused.
According to New York State Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (VOAD):
- An estimated 1000 homes have been impacted by the storm.
- An estimated 300 homes have major damage.
- An estimated 100 homes were destroyed or condemned.
- An estimated 20 homes are inaccessible.
- An estimated 300 homes have had gas and/or electricity turned off and need utilities service.
- 20 families need temporary housing.
- An unidentified number of homes have yet to be reached out to or have yet to report their situation or return calls
The number of affected homes changes on a daily and weekly basis as more and more people continue to ask for help. The need is great and more volunteers are needed. ERT and VIM workers can make a difference in the lives of many who need help.
Consider offering some time. All skill levels are welcomed. Volunteers can help with the following:
- Make phone calls
- Engage in conversation and prayer with flooding survivors
- Prepare meals for volunteers
- Clean debris
- Knit prayer shawls.
Currently, housing is provided for volunteers at Griffiss Air Force Base who wish to stay overnight with cots and showers. Food is being provided too. If you do decide to stay, consider bringing ear plugs.
The needs are endless. Please call Mike Block, UNY Director of Missional Engagement, at (315) 491-0497 to see how you can make a difference. If you're an ERT, click here to register. Do not deploy without coordinating with the Disaster Response team.