Red Cross Hosts Flood Commemoration Event

By Julia Rose

Published 06/23 2014 06:35PM

Updated 06/23 2014 06:39PM

The floods impacted thousands in the Mohawk Valley. Many of them victims, but others volunteers who sprang to action to help with disaster relief.

The American Red Cross was the source of many of those volunteers and this morning they held a flood commemoration event. The conference was held in the K-Mart parking lot in Herkimer, the very place, where just a year ago, a bulk distribution site was set up.

Red Cross volunteers, flood victims and community members gathered to share stories of the past year and to discuss future preparedness plans.

"Really checking to see if there are gaps in our community's readiness to respond while at the same time we're teaching individuals the importance of being prepared, being able to shelter in place for two or three days if their power goes out because something this massive, the flood as you know spread over four counties last year, something that big, you're not always going to have a first responder at your door within the first day or two,” said Rosie Taravella, Regional CEO of the American Red Cross of Central New York.

Red Cross officials also announced the "Ready CNY" program aimed at helping Oneida and Herkimer Counties be better prepared for future floods.

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