Herkimer-Oneida Organizations Active in Disasters (HOOAD) is reaching out to residents to assess the needs of individuals in Herkimer and Oneida impacted by the recent flooding and to make them aware of how they can easily connect to resources and services that are or may become available.
HOOAD is a group of volunteer, private, not-for-profit, and government organizations and businesses that supports local relief efforts after a disaster or emergency. This local organization is modeled after the National Volunteer Organizations Active in Disasters (VOAD) which has for many years worked to assist communities affected by disasters.
Residents may report their needs to HOOAD by calling 2-1-1, a toll free, health and human service hot-line powered by United Way of the Valley & Greater Utica Area that can be dialed 24/7 to connect callers to existing local services quickly and easily. Calls are confidential and free.
Some types of calls that 2-1-1 receives after a flood:
• “Our basement was flooded, and even though it was pumped out, there’s still mud.”
• “My furnace and hot water heater were flooded out and I didn’t have insurance.”
• “We were flooded and now there’s mold. What can I do to be sure we are safe?”
• “Ever since the flood, I’ve been really depressed. Who can I talk to?”
• “Where I was living was flooded. I’ve been staying with friends and family ever since, but I need to find a permanent solution.”
• “I’m on SNAP and lost food because our power was out for so long. How can I get food for my family?”