Washington County declared a local state of emergency which qualified the county for FEMA assistance to repair the county. Now residents are looking to the local government for assistance.
One organization is making a big impact on the recent flooding disaster. It's the Washington County long term recovery organization and they are working to get county residents back to normal after recent rain. The county is preparing for when natural disasters strike the area.
Chairman and Mayor of Vernon, Michelle Cook, is modeling the organization after other national disaster programs. Representatives from Catholic Charities, Hammers and Hearts and The United Methodist Church Disaster Relief are training people in the area to handle disaster aid without their guidance.
Catholic Charities representative Gabe Tischler, looks into the people who qualify for aid, ""Identify the people that are the most needy. Such as the elderly on fixed income, disabled and families with small children."
The organization is accepting monetary donations, food, supplies and volunteers. A storage space is also needed and to store donations and building supplies. The organization is looking for a storage trailer.
If you would like to volunteer, seek help or become a partner in the organization Contact Mayor Michelle Cook 850-866-7210 or Emergency Management (850) 738-0230.