Thunder Bay emergency is among largest Red Cross response in Ontario in
more than a decade
THUNDER BAY and TORONTO, June 8, 2012 /CNW/ - The Canadian Red Cross
continues to work on the ground in Thunder Bay, ON, providing
urgently-needed relief to families whose homes have been devastated by
flooding that occurred more than a week ago. With more than 3,000 homes
affected and more than 100 volunteers on scene, this is one of the
largest Red Cross responses in Ontario in more than a decade.
"The Red Cross has been in Thunder Bay since the start of the emergency,
but this situation is far from over," said Mike Morton, Ontario
director of disaster management, Canadian Red Cross. "Consider that
more than 3,000 homes are affected, and many have been flooded
knee-deep with sewage water. Add to that, more than 400 homes did not
have insurance. The community is in tremendous need of support right
With 118 highly trained disaster response volunteers working around the
clock in Thunder Bay, it is one of the largest recent Red Cross
responses in Ontario. Volunteers who specialize in flood response have
been deployed from across Canada to support the relief efforts.
Already, volunteers have donated more than 7,000 hours of their time.
Working in close co-operation with the City of Thunder Bay, the Canadian
Red Cross has been going door-to-door to assess damage in affected
homes. Already, nearly 700 homes have been assessed. To speed up
assessments, the Red Cross has also established three centres where
families can come for a rapid assessment and receive immediate aid.
To help those families in immediate need, the Red Cross is working to
provide up to 1,000 comfort kits -- which contain personal hygiene
items, baby supplies and more -- as well as up to 2,000 clean-up kits.
The Red Cross is also providing vouchers for families who are in need
of food, clothing or other basic necessities.
A shelter operated by the Red Cross remains open, where more than 50
people have been registered. These shelters have also been used for
families looking for bathing facilities, which was especially important
in the first few days of the flooding when there were restrictions on
water due to the sewage back up.
The Canadian Red Cross is appealing to the public to consider making a
donation to its Thunder Bay Floods 2012 fund which will help ensure the
Red Cross can reach as many of the most vulnerable families as
Donations to support the Canadian Red Cross relief efforts can be made
online at www.redcross.ca, by calling 1-800-418-1111 or visiting in-person their local Red Cross
branch. Funds should be earmarked for Thunder Bay Flood 2012.
Photos of the Red Cross response by photographer Johan Hallberg-Campbell
are available at: http://www.flickr.com/photos/redcrossontario
About the Red Cross
The Canadian Red Cross helps vulnerable communities in Canada and around
the world affected by emergencies and disasters - situations ranging
from individual house fires to natural disasters like floods and forest
fires that can disrupt an entire region. For more information about
Canadian Red Cross disaster management and how to prepare for
emergencies, visit www.redcross.ca.
SOURCE Canadian Red Cross
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