We have received confirmation that the informational meeting regarding this week's flooding and recovery efforts will be held at 7:00 p.m. on Monday, May 19th at the Penn Yan Middle School Auditorium. Although the list of speakers is not finalized, we are assured that representatives from local governments and officials from New York State will be in attendance to give us an idea of what resources may be available and help with information we can use to wind our way through the next stage of recovering from the events of the last few days. We do not have an all-inclusive list so please be sure you pass this information along to anyone who might find it useful to attend.
All of us have questions that are specific to our individual circumstances but the purpose of this meeting is to receive general information and find out where to go for assistance with our individual questions and concerns. We are presently compiling a list of these questions and concerns and would urge any of you to send your questions to be added to the list. We will be supplying a list of the questions to the speakers ahead of time so that they may be able to give more detailed answers. The questions can either be e-mailed to email@example.com, faxed to us at 315-536-6740 or dropped off at our office at 163 Main Street. We will need your questions by 2:00 p.m. Monday to be sure they are added to the list.
Mayor Leigh MacKerchar has also asked us to try to furnish an estimate of the dollar value of damage for him to use in his discussions with state and federal officials. We have offered to help organize and compile this information for local businesses. This will, in turn, be combined with information and estimates being taken by other groups and agencies. The estimates do not have to be exact but the information is extremely important as we move forward. Mayor MacKerchar would like to have some preliminary figures available Monday so we would urge you to take a few minutes to compile your estimate and send to us. The more information we have the better our case will be to ask for help down the road. For your files you should also be sure to document your losses with pictures. Your estimate can also be sent to this e-mail address or dropped off at our Main Street office.
As I see it, the purpose of this group and our meeting is to give us information we can use and an opportunity for us to help each other and those who are less fortunate. We are not attempting to form a new organization or replace any of the services or resources already there to help us. There is strength in numbers and we are all in this together. The sense of community and genuine concern for the well-being of each other I have personally witnessed over the last few days has been nothing short of inspiring.
There may well be some discouraging and challenging times ahead as we continue to recover and try to get back to some sense of normalcy. The rain and flooding may have dampened our material possessions but it has not dampened our spirit and I am convinced that a year from now our community will be a stronger and better place because of this and we will look back with pride on a job well done.
Good luck with the continued cleanup and we hope to see you Monday night at the Penn Yan Middle School. In the meantime, please let me know if we missed something or if there are other issues we need to address.
E-Mail questions about emergency services, relief funding, and rebuilding needs to: firstname.lastname@example.org