Christian relief organization will recruit volunteers and assist with
CALGARY, March 24, 2012 /CNW/ - Samaritan's Purse Canada is sending its
specially equipped Disaster Relief Unit to northern New Brunswick and
will recruit volunteers to clean up homes and businesses in response to
flooding in the village of Perth-Andover, sparked by an ice jam along
the St. John River.
"We have begun a rapid assessment of the situation to gather information
about the damage, and we are in contact with churches and other
non-government partners in the area to form a coordinated response,"
said Fred Weiss, Samaritan's Purse Canada's executive director.
The Christian relief and development organization, in preparation for
the clean-up, will begin meeting with local homeowners, recruiting and
training volunteers, and preparing to drive its Moncton-based Disaster
Relief Unit to Florenceville, about 210 kilometers northwest of
Moncton, near the border with Maine.
The Disaster Relief Unit is a truck and trailer outfitted with essential
disaster recovery equipment including generators, pumps, hand tools,
and safety gear for volunteers. It also serves as a volunteer
coordination center, and is equipped with a self-contained office,
communications system, and other supplies.
Samaritan's Purse must wait until the flood waters recede before the
clean-up work in Perth-Andover, where 500 of the village's 1,700
residents have already been evacuated, can begin. Meanwhile, the
province has issued high water level warnings for several other areas,
including the Fredericton area, the Nashwaak River north of
Fredericton, and the community of Clair in northwestern New Brunswick.
Samaritan's Purse has another Disaster Relief Unit based in Calgary. In
recent years, the two units have responded to other flooding in New
Brunswick; to flooding in Quebec and British Columbia; to forest fires
in Slave Lake, AB; to a tornado in Leamington, ON; and to Hurricane
Igor in Newfoundland. Samaritan's Purse also responds to international
disasters - including Hurricane Ida in Nicaragua in 2009, the enormous
earthquake in Haiti in 2010, and the devastating earthquake/tsunami in
Japan last year. The Calgary-based charity is continuing to assist in
Haiti and Japan.
To support Samaritan's Purse's disaster relief efforts, please visit www.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 60 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, 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.
SOURCE Samaritan's Purse Canada
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