Samaritan's Purse Canada deploys Disaster Relief Unit to Wisconsin flood victims



    Christian relief organization will work with local U.S. volunteers to aid
    in flood recovery

    CALGARY, June 29 /CNW/ - Samaritan's Purse Canada has sent its Disaster
Relief Unit to Sauk County, Wisconsin to help residents recover and clean up
from flooding as the Baraboo River recedes.
    The Disaster Relief Unit just finished a deployment to Fredericton, NB,
where volunteers helped clean up more than 100 homes - removing mud, soggy
drywall, insulation, and damaged carpets, and performing mould remediation.
The quick deployment to Wisconsin is necessary due to extensive flooding in
the U.S. Midwest. More than 1,500 homes have been damaged by high water levels
in Sauk County.
    "It is absolutely wonderful that Samaritan's Purse has come here to
help," says Tim Stieve, administrator of Emergency Management and Building
Safety for Sauk County. "We've had quite a volunteer effort so far, and with
Samaritan's Purse here, it will just keep the ball rolling. It's a wonderful
service that they provide."
    The Disaster Relief Unit is a tractor-trailer outfitted with essential
disaster recovery equipment, including generators, pumps, hand tools, and
safety gear. It is designed to serve as a base for teams of volunteer workers,
and is equipped with a self-contained office, communications system, and other
supplies.
    "Samaritan's Purse was able to fill a need for people affected by the
flooding of the St. John River," said Murray Jaymer, Fredericton's Director of
the Emergency Measures Organization. "They helped get homes to the point they
were ready to be rebuilt, and they did it with care and compassion for the
homeowners."
    The Samaritan's Purse Team will be demonstrating the same compassion
while helping the residents of Sauk County, Wisconsin.
    "Our focus will be to send volunteers to those most in need - the
elderly, the disabled, or those unable to clean up their homes on their own,"
said Brent Davis, Samaritan's Purse Canada's Teams Coordinator. "Samaritan's
Purse is committed to helping and the most important part for us are local
volunteers."
    Samaritan's Purse Canada's volunteer teams and Disaster Relief Unit
provided similar help in 2006 after Hurricane Katrina along the U.S. Gulf
Coast and after major flooding in New York state, and in 2007 after more
flooding in northwestern British Columbia.

    Donations Requested: Donations are needed to help support deployment and
maintenance of the Disaster Relief Unit. To donate, please call 1-800-663-6500
or visit samaritanspurse.ca.

    About Samaritan's Purse

    Samaritan's Purse Canada is an international Christian relief and
development organization working in about 70 countries to provide aid to
victims of war, disease, disaster, poverty, famine, and persecution. The
Calgary-based charity also operates the well-known Operation Christmas Child
program that sends gift-filled shoe boxes to needy children around the world
each year, and the Turn on the Tap initiative that raises funds for
life-saving BioSand Water Filters in the developing world. Go to
www.samaritanspurse.ca for more information.





For further information:

For further information: Media Inquiries: Dick Nichols, Communications
Manager, (403) 615-0871 (cell), dnichols@samaritan.org


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