DUBOIS – Since Thursday’s storms resulted in heavy rain and major flooding in Clearfield and Jefferson counties, the American Red Cross in Western Pennsylvania has been on-the-ground, providing assistance to affected residents. The organization is encouraging the community to consider donating to the local chapter to help those affected by area disasters, such as the recent flooding.
The organization will continue to operate a service delivery site from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. through Thursday at the Reynoldsville Fire Department, 411 Jackson St. in Reynoldsville. The site will then transition to the chapter office in DuBois on Friday and will be open through the weekend from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily. The multi-agency site gives affected families the opportunity to meet one-on-one with Red Cross volunteers who will assess their needs and help them move toward recovery.
Disaster workers continue to perform damage assessment as the Red Cross becomes aware of affected areas and will reach out to community members in those areas to assess their needs. Additionally, in partnership with other community agencies, the Red Cross will continue mobile distribution of relief supplies, snacks and water.
How to Receive Help
Those affected by the flooding can request assistance from the Red Cross by stopping at the Service Delivery Site or by calling 814-371-2750.
How to Help
Red Cross damage assessment teams have been canvassing hard-hit areas in Jefferson and Clearfield counties, and the organization has identified the need to be on-the-ground for days to come. The local Red Cross asks community members to donate to the local disaster relief fund, helping their neighbors who are in need.
“As a nonprofit organization, the Red Cross relies solely on the dedication of volunteers and generosity of local donors to continue its lifesaving work right here in Jefferson and Clearfield counties,” said Jason Bange, executive director with the local Red Cross. “By donating to our local chapter, you are helping us respond to area disasters, including the current flooding.”
Donations to the local Red Cross will help those affected by the flooding, as well as other disasters in the local community. To make a donation, visit RedCross.org/PA/DuBois or mail it in to the local chapter, 109 N. Brady St. in DuBois.
Other Assistance Available to Affected Families:
Food for Affected Families
Tri County Church will be providing gift cards for Martin’s Foods, which will be distributed by the Salvation Army to affected families in immediate need for food assistance. Families who wish to inquire about these cards should contact the Salvation Army at 814-371-5320.
The Salvation Army will be accepting clothing donations starting Monday and will be available to provide clothing donations at that time as well. Anyone with questions regarding clothing donations should contact 814-371-5320.
DuBois First United Methodist Church, with Western Pennsylvania United Methodist Church Disaster Response Ministry, is providing bulk distribution of cleanup supplies and coordination of physical labor for those families who need clean-up assistance. Families in need of this assistance should call 814-371-5150.
Community Connections of Clearfield and Jefferson counties will be available for anyone in need of support for mental or development disabilities. Individuals in need of this assistance can contact the agency at 814-371-5100 Monday through Friday between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.
Catholic Charities Counseling and Adoption Services will be available for those who have been affected by flooding and need emotional support. They can also assist with the supply of items including clothing, diapers, formula, baby food and other limited financial support. Families in need of this assistance should call 814-371-4717.
Red Cross Response to Date:
Red Cross emergency response vehicles will continue to canvas affected communities in Clearfield and Jefferson counties, providing cleanup kits, meals, snacks and water.
To date, the organization has:
- Served 708 meals and snacks in partnership with the Salvation Army
- Distributed 304 cleanup kits and 54 comfort kits
- Mobilized three emergency response vehicles and more than 95 Red Cross disaster workers to assist in damage assessment, casework and mobile distribution.
- Provided nearly 200 overnight stays with Red Cross operated and supported shelters
Flood Recovery Tips
- Parts of your home may be collapsed or damaged. Approach entrances carefully. See if porch roofs and overhangs have all their supports.
- Before entering your home, look outside for loose power lines, damaged gas lines, foundation cracks or other damage.
- If you smell natural or propane gas or hear a hissing noise, leave immediately and call the fire department.
- If power lines are down outside your home, do not step in puddles or standing water.
- Keep children and pets away from hazardous sites and floodwater.
Additional flood safety tips can be found on RedCross.org.