At a press conference today, United Way of Milford President Gary Johnson was joined by Mayor Ben Blake and FEMA spokesman Marvin Davis in the announcement that FEMA will be setting up a Milford Recovery Center at Simon Lake, beginning Monday, November 23rd, 2012.
FEMA plans to keep the site open for at least a month, but they leave if demand for the site dies down.
The United Way
United Way of Milford President Gary Johnson noted that $67,000 has been raised so far to help Milford families, including $50,000 that the United Way Board of Directors has contributed from their reserve.
"This money will stay in Milford," Johnson said, adding that it is "for Milford people."
How Can You Volunteer?
Gary Johnson went on to add that the organization has been taking the names of volunteers and sending people out to help those in Milford who have been affected by Hurricane Sandy.
If you'd like to volunteer, contact United Way by calling (203) 874-6791 or emailing Johnson at firstname.lastname@example.org
Mayor Blake's Message
At the press conference, Milford Mayor Ben Blake said, "We've had a difficult past few weeks...but we've turned the tides against Sandy."
FEMA in Milford
FEMA spokeman Marvin Davis said that the recovery effort is about "people working together."
Regarding the length of FEMA's time in Milford, Davis said, "If the traffic drops off [visiting the recovery center], we think about moving somewhere else."
Davis also warned of scams that have been talking place in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy.
How Many People in Milford Have Been Affected by Sandy?
Mayor Blake noted that "hundreds, if not thousands" of Milford residents "have been displaced at this point."
Mayor Blake went ont to say that the City is looking for places to house those who need a place to stay.