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NY creates new recovery group

A new long-term recovery organization has been created in western New York to help people in the wake of last month's snowstorm and flooding that damaged homes and caused financial burdens.

BY SUSAN KIM | BALTIMORE | November 1, 2006

A new long-term recovery organization has been created in western New York to help people in the wake of last month's snowstorm and flooding.

The incorporated nonprofit, called Disaster Recovery Interfaith Network of Western New York, comprises people from a variety of religious communities.

The Disaster Recovery Interfaith Network will coordinate interfaith response for long-term recovery in the region, according to leaders from the New York Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster. Its representatives and partners will provide spiritual and emotional resources for storm survivors, and also provide access to individual assistance to people whose needs are not met by federal or state aid.

The network will also be looking to the future by advocating for preparedness within the faith communities.

For now, the group is trying to identify unmet needs in the wake of a snowstorm that spawned an extended power outage as well as flooding. Many people are confronting damage to homes, lack of food and ongoing financial burdens.

This week the network will distribute flyers to houses of worship in the area informing people about the new group, and encouraging people to look within their church membership and their community for unmet needs.

Some 9,700 people have applied for Federal Emergency Management Assistance across four western New York counties. More than 8,500 of them are from Erie County.


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