CHEEKTOWAGA, N.Y. -- Two local resources have been organized to meet the needs of survivors of the Aug. 8-10 storms and flooding in Cattaraugus, Chautauqua and Erie counties.
Recovery of Chautauqua County (ROCC) and Recovery for Erie and Cattaraugus Counties Hope (REACH) have been formed to provide assistance that helps repair, replace, and rebuild those households whose needs are beyond the legal capacity of government assistance.
“The amount and type of government assistance from FEMA and others is limited by law,” said FEMA’s Voluntary Agency Liaison Kevin Malone. “The job of helping households to fully recover cannot be accomplished without long-term community support.”
ROCC and REACH are comprised of more than 65 faith-based, voluntary, and local human services organizations. Their coordinated efforts raise funds and provide comfort, guidance, financial assistance, as well as skilled labor for household repair and reconstruction.
Both long-term recovery groups were organized to give help and to accept donations of cash, goods, and skilled volunteer labor. Suggested donations include building materials, tools, personal items, and/or household goods and appliances.
To contact ROCC and/or REACH, and to obtain information on how to get help or give help, call the United Way’s 211 service for western New York.
The deadline to register for federal disaster assistance is Nov. 3, 2009. To apply for disaster assistance, go online to www.disasterassistance.gov or call 1-800-621-FEMA (3362) or (TTY) 1-800-462-7585 for the speech- and hearing-impaired. To date, more than 1,465 individuals have registered for assistance, and more than $7.4 million in disaster assistance has been approved in federal grants and low-interest disaster loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration.
FEMA’s mission is to support our citizens and first responders to ensure that as a nation we work together to build, sustain, and improve our capabilities to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from and mitigate all hazards.