Red Cross offering free clean-up kits in Jefferson and St. Lawrence counties

WATERTOWN, NY – The North Country Chapter of the American Red Cross is working in close coordination with local officials and community partners to help people affected by recent flooding in Jefferson and St. Lawrence counties. Residents working to clean up from flood damage can visit the Red Cross to pick up free clean-up kits from 9:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M., Monday through Friday.

The clean-up kits contain supplies such as mops, bleach, gloves and other cleaning products. Kits are available at the American Red Cross North Country Chapter, 203 N. Hamilton Street, Watertown, NY 13601. Residents of St. Lawrence County can contact the Red Cross at (315) 782-4410 to make arrangements to pick up clean-up kits at another nearby location. Anyone in need of further assistance due to flood damage should call the Red Cross Emergency Communications Center at (800) 831-0927.

The Red Cross is also reminding residents about flood safety, and encourages anyone affected by flooding to follow these tips:

  • Avoid contact with floodwater, and never attempt to walk, swim or drive through flooded areas.

  • Don’t use gas or electrical appliances that have been flooded, until they have been checked for safety.

  • Dispose of any food that comes into contact with flood water.

  • Listen to local area radio, NOAA radio, or TV stations for the latest information and updates.

  • If evacuated, return only when authorities say it is safe to do so.

  • When cleaning up, wear protective clothing including rubber gloves and rubber boots.

  • Pump out flooded basements gradually to avoid structural damage.

For more flood safety tips, visit redcross.org/prepare or download the free Red Cross Emergency App.

All Red Cross assistance is provided free of charge and made possible by the generosity of the public. To donate to Red Cross Disaster Relief and help people affected by disasters big and small, visit www.redcross.org or call 1-800-RED-CROSS. To join the Red Cross as a disaster responder, visit redcross.org/volunteer.