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How to Help Flooded Maine Communities

 

May 3, 2008

3:00 PM

 

AUGUSTA, MAINE -- The Maine Emergency Management Agency is offering the following guidelines for those who are reaching out to help flood-affected communities and families in Aroostook County.

  1. Make a cash donation to a relief agency that is active in the response. Many volunteer organizations are helping out. CASH IS THE BEST WAY TO HELP. Cash donations allow the relief agencies to purchase what is needed, where and when it is needed. This also helps local businesses, who can supply many items.
  2. Volunteer with a relief organization. Because the Aroostook County area is remote, there are very few resources for volunteers who arrive on the scene. Being involved with an organization means that support for the volunteers can be planned for, and you have credentials when you arrive on the scene.
  3. DO NOT try to send goods to the scene unless it has been specifically requested. Coordinate with a relief organization to establish what their needs are, and arrange for transportation and distribution.
  4. DONATIONS OF CLOTHES ARE NOT NEEDED. Please give your outgrown but usable clothing to a local agency that accepts these donations. Your donated clothing may end up at a disaster scene, or may help a local needy family.

Visit VolunteerMaine at http://www.volunteermaine.org to learn about flood recovery volunteer opportunities.

 

Contact:

State Emergency Operations Center
207-624-4400

 

Last update: 07/20/10