Canadian Red Cross ready to ramp up flood response in the prairies

OTTAWA, April 18 /CNW/ - The Canadian Red Cross is supporting families who have been evacuated due to flooding in Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Alberta. With floods expected to worsen with the spring thaw, the Canadian Red Cross stands ready to ramp up its response.

"The Canadian Red Cross is a leader in disaster response in Canada and around the world," says Ange Sawh, director of disaster management for the Red Cross in Western Canada. "With hundreds of volunteers on standby and emergency supplies ready for distribution, families in flood-affected areas can be assured that when the waters crest, and they are forced out of their homes, we will be there."

The Canadian Red Cross has been working with all levels of government and other local organizations to prepare for spring flooding in the prairies. There are over 1,100 trained Canadian Red Cross disaster volunteers in Western Canada. Emergency relief supplies such as hygiene items, blankets and cots are stored in each province for quick distribution, and goods such as mops, buckets and cleaning supplies are available to support household clean-up efforts when the waters recede.

Canadians in Western Canada interested in becoming a Canadian Red Cross volunteer are encouraged to contact their local Red Cross to learn more.

The Canadian Red Cross is a member of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement, which includes the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, the International Committee of the Red Cross and more than 185 national Red Cross and Red Crescent societies. Our mission is to improve the lives of vulnerable people by mobilizing the power of humanity in Canada and around the world.


For further information:

For media interviews please call:

Nathan Huculak, Public Affairs Advisor
250-995-3504 / cell 250-686-3755

Canadian Red Cross media line 613-740-1966

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