KEENE - Some goods and volunteers are still needed three-and-a-half weeks after Tropical Storm Irene hit Aug. 28.
With the approach of winter, donations of dry firewood are needed. Those wishing to help are encouraged to contact volunteer coordinator Joe Pete Wilson at 518-708-3396 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Anyone wishing to volunteer his or her time can call the Keene Town Hall at 518-576-4444 and leave a name and number; a volunteer organizer will respond. Anyone still in need of volunteer crews or specific material goods may notify the town hall and leave information about what one's needs are so assistance can be provided.
Workers at the town of Jay Community Center said that as of Tuesday, there is enough material and labor donations to supply those in need. However, they would like to emphasize that the Federal Emergency Management Agency Disaster Recovery Center located at the Community Center, 11 School Lane in AuSable Forks, is an available resource to residents of Essex and Clinton counties, not just residents of Jay. The FEMA center's hours of operation are 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. It was open seven days a week but will now close on Sundays, starting this Sunday. For more information, call 518-647-2204.
The deadline to apply for FEMA assistance is Oct. 31, FEMA Public Information Officer Peter Lembessis said Thursday.