The repercussions of the powerful winter storms and flooding that scrapped across Arizona in January continue to be felt in Gila County and among the residents of Black Canyon City, Yavapai County.
State, local and non-governmental agencies responded by opening two individual assistance centers, collaborating with Lutheran Social Services of the Southwest (LSS) to offer case management services, and forming long-term recovery committees in Gila County and Black Canyon City.
These long-term recovery committees continue to find ways to stretch cash contributions and solicit donations to meet disaster-related needs not addressed by insurance or government programs. Much of the recovery committees ability to respond to needs relies on the charity of the community at large.
The State of Arizona is helping to facilitate the donation of goods through the online Aidmatrix Network, where donors can review posted needs and make online contributions.
Among the identified needs in Gila County are repair and construction materials. There is a current need for the following:
• 1,120 square feet of metal roofing with installation hardware
• 18 6x10 boards
• 6 4”x8”x¾” plywood boards
• 26 floor joist brackets
• Deck screws
• Insulation – one roll of R30 measuring 1,900 square feet with membrane “belly paper”
• Baloney roll tubing - three 20’ rolls of 12” diameter
Arizonans who wish to donate can click the “Donate” link next to the left of the item description. Individuals are then asked to complete a series of requisite fields, after which they are emailed by the Aidmatrix Network and contacted directly by the recipient organization when the offer is accepted.
Additionally, LSS is accepting cash donations on behalf of long-term recovery committees in Gila County and Black Canyon City, Yavapai County. To contribute, follow the instructions for donating through PayPal. When asked for special instructions, write “Tonto Recovery Committee” or “Black Canyon City Recovery Committee” in the provided field.
Visit the Arizona Emergency Information Network (AzEIN) Web site, www.azein.gov, for incident information, including links to the recovery resources.