Funding will provide support to recovery efforts
VICTORIA, July 23, 2017 /CNW/ - The Canadian Red Cross welcomes the Government of Canada's announcement of support for community recovery as individuals, families and communities return home. With the fires still raging and over 44,000 people out of their homes, support will be needed not only today but in the weeks, months and years ahead as communities recover from this disaster.
Further details will be shared in the weeks ahead regarding the plans to support BC communities to recover from this disaster. Recovery assistance will focus on community priorities through collaboration with all levels government, First Nations, service organizations, and impacted communities to ensure that people receive the help they need as they begin to rebuild their lives.
"The federal contribution to the Red Cross will support their full scope of recovery activities in the fire zone, of which distributing immediate support to evacuees is only one part. There is much to be done, in collaboration with other NGOs and community groups to restore normal living conditions and get the economy, especially small businesses, back to full throttle. I thank the Red Cross for their experienced and professional leadership."
The Honourable Ralph Goodale, Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness
"The Canadian Red Cross is on the ground in British Columbia, responding to meet the needs of families and communities that have been impacted by the wildfires. The generosity of the Government of Canada will go a long way in our relief and recovery efforts as we help British Columbians rebuild their lives in the weeks, months and years ahead."
Kimberley Nemrava, Vice-President, British Columbia and Yukon, Canadian Red Cross
SOURCE Canadian Red Cross
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