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Locals Getting Supplies Together For Florida Relief


Local resident and businessman Brian Burke along with City of Cortland Councilperson from Ward 1, Wayne Schutt are organizing a supply drive to help those affected by Hurricane Ian in Florida.

Brian Burke is taking weekly trips he says for at least four to six weeks to Florida with supplies. He’s also taking 7 or 8 of his camping units from here to Florida to provide emergency housing. Brain is the owner of Countryside RV sales in Dryden. He’s been personally affected by Hurricane Ian with his daughter’s family losing a roof partially.

City of Cortland Councilperson, Ward 1 Wayne Schutt is also helping to organize this supply drive and says the number one need right now is water, tarps would be the number 2 and gas cans and generators would be number 3 priority.

Item needed:

  • Cases of water
  • Gas cans (new or used empty or full and if full can travel in the back of the truck)
  • Generators (used or new)
  • Tarps (used or new as long as there are no holes in them)
  • Things to attach the tarps with (staple gun, hammer’s, stinger nails with the rings around the top so they don’t punch through the tarps)
  • Non perishable food items
  • Bedding and clothing items (in good condition)

Items can be dropped off for the next 4 weeks at the Cortland DAV, located at 91 Owego Street in the city of Cortland, in the barbecue area with picnic tables. The area is marked with signs for donations for Florida.

Any cash donations can be left with the bartender between noon and 9 PM any day of the week.

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