August 16, 2012

Some Irene victims still have unmet needs


---- — AuSABLE FORKS — The Long Term Disaster Recovery Group will mark the one-year anniversary of Tropical Storm Irene with an event designed to assist those who still have unmet needs from last summer’s catastrophic weather.

The group, which serves disaster victims in Clinton, Essex and Franklin counties, comprises more than 20 nonprofit organizations and governmental agencies from throughout the region that have been working together to build a coordinated network in the wake of Irene.

The event, called One Year After: Resources and Recovery, is set for 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 28, in the Jay Community Center in AuSable Forks.

Various agencies and resources will be present to help residents with whatever needs they might have.

The event is held in conjunction with Jay Town Supervisor Randy Douglas and Keene Town Supervisor Bill Ferebee, along with other public and private officials.

While the Disaster Recovery Group is focusing on victims of Irene at present, it plans to address a broad range of recovery issues from past and future disasters.

The group elected John Bernardi from the United Way of the Adirondack Region as chair, Jamie Grubb of Hesed Hope Ministries as vice chair and Penny Daniels of the Housing Assistance Program as secretary.

Organizations that would like to pitch in and individuals seeking assistance with unmet needs can contact the United Way of the Adirondack Region at 563-0028 or call 211 for information and referral.