Immediate Release

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Wednesday, August 31, 2020

Brian Adey
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Griffo: Oneida County Will Adopt a County
To Help Hurricane Relief Efforts

Oneida County Executive Joseph A. Griffo today announced that Oneida County will initiate an “Adopt-a-County” project in the wake of Hurricane Katrina.

“In the current chaotic situation, we need to prepare for long-term relief efforts as well as cooperate with national short-term efforts to help cope with this disaster,” Griffo said. “We have been in communication with the White House, and the message we are getting is to coordinate all relief efforts through government agencies such as the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and non-for-profit agencies such as the American Red Cross. In the current situation, cash donations to help relief efforts are the only practical response to this crisis, and we encourage donations to the Red Cross.”

“County Government will be monitoring the situation and – once the situation has stabilized – adopt a county or parish that has been impacted by this crisis and work with the Local Government on the scene to provide food, materials, clothing to meet the needs they have. Oneida County’s “Adopt-a County” Project will work in partnership with the Red Cross, United Way and Compassion Coalition – as well as our local governments, human services agencies and media outlets -- as we reach out to help those in need,” Griffo said.

“We want to help, and we are ready and willing to act. We know that when the floodwaters recede, the urgency of the needs will increase,” he said. “This is a long-term crisis for thousands of people, and we will work with them in the same spirit of unity and compassion that saw the nation reach out to New York in the days of 9/11.”