TORONTO, May 6, 2013 /CNW/ - Canadian Red Cross volunteers are working
closely with local authorities to assist people in communities already
affected or threatened by flooding. The risk of flooding continues in
several areas of northeastern Ontario, including along the James Bay
coast where ice breakup is in progress on several rivers.
"Canadian Red Cross is currently supporting several communities who are
hosting evacuees including Thunder Bay, Sudbury, Cornwall, Temiskaming
Shores and Kapuskasing," said Mike Morton, provincial director of
disaster management with the Canadian Red Cross. "We have teams on
standby throughout Ontario should more assistance be needed."
More than 700 people have been evacuated from the James Bay coast to
date from communities including Kashechewan and Moosonee. Further
evacuations are underway today with more possible over the coming week.
"In order to help families connect with loved ones who have been
evacuated, we have also established our Central Registration and
Inquiry Bureau (CRIB), a family reunification line," said Morton.
"People who are concerned about loved ones can email or call a toll
free number and Red Cross volunteers will check a central registry to
confirm whether family members were evacuated and where they are
The CRIB operates 24 hours a day. People seeking information about
family members can contact the CRIB by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 1-855-797-8875.
Red Cross volunteers are registering evacuees in various communities and
helping to support immediate needs including clothing and personal
The Canadian Red Cross responds to hundreds of disasters each year
ranging from house fires to forest fires and flooding. The work of the
Red Cross is made possible through the dedication of thousands of
volunteers and the financial support of individuals and corporations.
SOURCE: Canadian Red Cross
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