NORFOLK St. Lawrence County Legislator Jason A. Clark has secured surplus emergency shelter supplies left over from the ice storm that hit St. Lawrence County this past December for use by emergency personnel in Norwood and Norfolk. Given the scale of the storm, National Grid was required to provide bottled water and dry ice for residents without electricity. Emergency blankets and other supplies were also delivered to the area.
Mr. Clark said in a release he was able to secure 60 cases of bottled water for fire personnel in Norwood, 60 cases for fire personnel in Norfolk and an additional 30 cases of water for use by the Norfolk Rescue Squad. Mr. Clark was also able to secure two bundles of blankets for both of the communities. Assistant Fire Chief Tina Garrow took receipt of the Norwood supplies and members of the Norfolk Volunteer Fire Department picked up the supplies intended for Norfolk earlier this week.
Emergency management leaders in both communities were pleased with the news. Norwood Mayor James McFaddin stated, some people might think of this as only water and blankets but in reality, this is $500 worth of materials that taxpayers in Norwood wont need to pay for in the future.
Norfolk Fire Chief Greg Monroe echoed the comments offered by the Norwood Mayor, We use a lot of water on emergency scenes during grass fire season and during the hot summer months, this will save the Fire District a lot of money over the next year.
Mayor McFaddin led the effort to establish the first emergency shelter deployed in St. Lawrence County at Norwood-Norfolk Central School. Blankets will be stored for use at that shelter facility should its deployment be required again in the future.