Christian relief organization providing specially-equipped Disaster
Relief Unit, volunteer teams
CALGARY, July 10, 2013 /CNW/ - Samaritan's Purse Canada has begun
cleaning up and preparing 130 Siksika Nation homes for reconstruction,
in response to an invitation from leaders on the reserve 100 kilometers
east of Calgary. The homes in six communities were damaged during the
same June 21 flooding that damaged or completely destroyed an estimated
30,000 homes in several parts of southern Alberta.
Samaritan's Purse has already moved one of its three Disaster Relief
Units—specially equipped transport trucks that serve as local
headquarters for emergency equipment and supplies, and for training and
managing clean-up volunteers—to the Siksika Nation High School, south
of Gleichen. The relief unit was relocated from Calgary, where
volunteers expect to finish later this week the last clean-up requests
from flooded homeowners.
In Siksika, the unit will backstop hundreds of volunteers during the
next few weeks as they work at the damaged homes—hauling out mud and
debris, removing ruined drywall and insulation, and carefully spraying
disinfectant to prevent dangerous mould growth so reconstruction can
"We invited Samaritan's Purse to assist us because of their experience
in and dedication to helping people in need," said tribal manager Romeo
Crow Chief. "We need their help to remediate many homes."
"The need on the Siksika Nation is enormous," said Fred Weiss, executive
director of Samaritan's Purse. "We're positioning our Disaster Relief
Units so we can help those who've been hit hardest by this
The first teams of volunteers have arrived in Siksika. They're part of
more than 1,000 volunteers Samaritan's Purse has already mobilized in
southern Alberta, including Calgary, High River, Medicine Hat, and
Black Diamond. Two more Disaster Relief Units are serving
flood-stricken residents in High River and Medicine Hat.
At all of the flood response sites, Samaritan's Purse staff and
volunteers are partnered with trained Billy Graham Rapid Response Team
chaplains who provide emotional and spiritual support to flood victims.
Flooded homeowners in Siksika and High River who still need help
rehabilitating their houses for rebuild can phone Samaritan's Purse at
1-866-628-6565. Anyone wanting to volunteer can call the same number.
Each clean-up—including a thorough spraying of anti-mould disinfectant,
costs an average $2,000. Very few home insurance policies cover flood
damage, so victims are primarily reliant on volunteers and government
Donations Needed: To support Samaritan's Purse's disaster relief efforts, please visit SamaritansPurse.ca (click on "Donate") or call 1-800-663-6500.
About Samaritan's Purse Canada
Samaritan's Purse Canada is an international Christian relief and
development organization working in about 40 countries to help victims
of war, disease, disaster, poverty, famine, and persecution. The
Christian charity also operates the well-known Operation Christmas
Child program that sends gift-filled shoe boxes to needy children
around the world each year. In addition, we build and install thousands
of life-saving BioSand Water Filters in the developing world. For more
information, please visit SamaritansPurse.ca.
SOURCE: Samaritan's Purse Canada
For further information:
Media Inquiries: Frank King, Communications Manager, Samaritan's Purse Canada - 403-990-0161 (mobile); firstname.lastname@example.org