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
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.
SOURCE CANADIAN RED CROSS
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