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Press Release

Publish Date: 7/1/2013

Fort Plain Flood: Red Cross Shelter, Filing Assistance, Volunteer and Donation Information

  • 7/4/2013: Governor Cuomo will deploy the Department of Financial Services’ (DFS) Mobile Command Center to Montgomery County to help homeowners and businesses affected by recent heavy rains and devastating flood damage.

    DFS representatives can assist victims with insurance-related issues stemming from damage caused by recent heavy rains and flooding. The Department’s representatives will be inside the agency's Mobile Command Center, which will be stationed at the following location on Friday and Saturday (July 5 and 6) from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.:

    Fort Plain Senior Center
    204 Canal St.
    Fort Plain, NY 13339

    Impacted families and business are also urged to call the DFS Disaster hotline for assistance at 1-800-339-1759, which is available on weekdays from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. and on weekends from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
  • 7/3/2013: Montgomery County Public Health recommends if you are working or wading in floodwaters you get a tetanus vaccination if you have not had one in the last ten years or do not know the date of your last vaccination.

    The concern is that the work done in responding to or cleaning up after a flood or any disaster, is likely to increase your chances of being cut, scratched, or causing an open wound injury that may become infected with tetanus.

    Contact your Healthcare Provider to determine if you need a tetanus booster. A tetanus booster is recommended if you have been injured and your last tetanus vaccination was more than five years ago, or you do not know the last time you had a tetanus vaccination.

    Tetanus vaccinations are also now available at the Public Health Department located in Fonda by APPOINTMENT ONLY.

    Call 518-853-3531 to schedule an appointment.
  • 7/2/2013: The H.C. Smith Benefit Club will be the designated "drop-off" site for any individuals, families, and/or organizations who wish to donate assistance to Fort Plain, NY and its LOCAL surrounding areas affected by recent flooding.

    Hours for receiving donations are 8:00 am to 5:00 pm, everyday until further notice. Items needed IMMEDIATELY are:
    1) cleaning products such as bleach, rubber gloves, shovels, mops, hoses, etc.,
    2) bottled water, any size,
    3) diapers and wipes,
    4) non-perishable food & bread/rolls/buns,
    4) flashlights/batteries,
    5) personal hygiene products such as toothbrushes, deodorant, toothpaste, feminine products, hand soap, shampoo, etc.,
    6) children's toys, coloring books, crayons, reading books, stuffed animals, games, etc.,
    7) paper plates, plastic ware, cups, etc.,
    8)household items such as pots, pans, dishes, counter appliances, tableware, Melamine tableware, salt/pepper shakers, cooking utensils (potato peelers, spatulas, knives, serving spoons, etc.), NO LARGE FURNITURE unless you can deliver to those in specific need for the item donated,
    9) laundry & dish soap, disinfectant, BUG SPRAY,
    10) light bulbs,
    11) clothing for ALL, infants to adults,
    12) pet food,
    13) over-the-counter basic medicines such as Tylenol, Motrin, Band-Aids, Pedialyte, Depends, etc.

    **Monetary donations may be checks written out to: H.C. Smith Benefit Club Flood 2013, P.O. Box 5, St. Johnsville, NY 13452

    Questions/Concerns: 518-568-2515, leave brief message, name, ph. # and we'll do our best to respond asap.
  • 7/2/2013: Below is updated information on how volunteers can help, and also where residents who were affected by the flood can go for help, as well as contact info for community agencies assisting with cleanup efforts.

    How Can I Help?

    To volunteer…
    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 Can I Get 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.

    Important Numbers & Contact Info

    Reformed Church
    165 Canal Street
    Fort Plain
    Church: 993-4302
    Pastor Nancy Ryan:

    Fulmont Community Action Agency
    200 Canal Street
    Fort Plain
    Aimee: 993-3230
    Kate: 853-8351

    Methodist Church
    39 Center Street
    Fort Plain
    Church Phone: 993-3863

    Valley Alliance Church
    85 E Main St
    Palatine Bridge

    Social Services

    National Grid Flooded Areas Electric Service Re-Establishment

    American Red Cross

    Montgomery County Public Health

    Harry Hoag School (Shelter)
    25 High Street
    Fort Plain

    Dr. Govind Rao
    16 Hancock Street
    Fort Plain
  • 7/2/2013: The Methodist Church is no longer accepting prepared food at this time. If you want to donate NON-perishable food, Fulmont is accepting food for their pantry at 200 Canal Street. We will issue a notice regarding any donation needs when we are ready to accept more.
  • 7/1/2013: The Red Cross shelter for displaced residents is location at the Fort Plain School, 25 High Street.
  • 7/1/2013: The Montgomery County Department of Social Services is stationed at two locations in Fort Plain to aid residents in filing for assistance: 
    • Fort Plain Senior Center, 204 Canal Street
    • Fort Plain School, 25 High Street
  • 7/1/2013: Fulmont Community Action Agency has been designated as a relief agency to assist with recovery efforts in Fort Plain. Donations to help families affected by the flooding can be sent to the agency at 200 canal Street, Fort Plain, NY 13339; or PO Box 835, Fonda, NY 12068. For more information, contact Aimee (993-3230) or Kate (853-8351).
  • 7/1/2013: The Methodist Church (39 Center St) is taking cleaning supplies.
  • 6/29/2013: The Reformed Church of Fort Plain is a volunteer coordination site. Contact the church at 993-4302 or Pastor Ryan at 466-3340. Please contact the church if you are a homeowner that needs help. All Volunteers are to report to the church. **Please do not bring supplies or items at this time.** We need people ready to clean up. Thank you.
  • 6/29/2013: The Public Health department will be driving around Fort Plain on 6/30 offering Tdap vaccine to Adults affected by the flood. They will also be handing out N95 respirators for people to use when cleaning up. Look for a white Montgomery County van. Clinics will also be held at Dr Rao's office in Fort Plain on Monday and Tuesday. Contact the Public Health department for more information.

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