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Help For Area Flood Victims

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HARRISBURG – A public inquiry hotline is available to citizens who need assistance cleaning up after devastating flooding in central and eastern Pennsylvania. The Wolf Administration is working with volunteer organizations that have offered to help residents in these communities. Anyone who would like to request help should call 272-200-3211 for assistance. The hotline will be staffed from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., including weekends through August 31. Volunteers will provide physical labor, such as mucking out basements, removing damaged flooring and drywall, and removing debris. A variety of organizations make up PA VOAD (Voluntary Organizations Active in Disasters). They provide assistance that complements the efforts of municipal, county, and state governments. Their members active in this recovery mission include the American Red Cross, Southern Baptist Convention, United Methodist Committee on Relief, Salvation Army, Mennonite Disaster Service, and others. Callers will need to provide basic information, including but not limited to their address, the type of work they need help with, and the status of utility services at the site. Callers will also need to verbally give their permission for call takers to share their information with the volunteer organizations. In addition, the Disaster Distress Helpline – 1-800-985-5990 – is a 24/7 national hotline dedicated to providing immediate crisis counseling for people who are experiencing emotional distress related to any natural or human-caused disaster.

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