United Way, FEMA gather community resources aiding in flood recovery

NORWICH – Representatives from volunteer agencies and churches throughout the county met at SUNY Morrisville’s Norwich Campus Thursday to establish a long term recovery plan for Chenango County after the late June flooding. The summit was headed by Elizabeth Monaco of the Chenango United Way and George Betz from the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

The group, consisting of representatives from Chenango Memorial Hospital, Catholic Charities, The Red Cross, The Girl Scouts of America, Mental Health, and countless other agencies, listened as Betz laid out a plan for collaboration. Betz said after a disaster, the best way to help the community is to work together. He encouraged the group to put together a volunteer organization active in disaster, or VOAD.

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