OTTAWA, June 21, 2013 /CNW/ - The need to evacuate quickly from flooding
in southern Alberta has caused some families to become separated, and
made it difficult to locate family members in a time when they need the
most support. The Red Cross is now providing services to help families
regain and remain in contact during this emergency. The Red Cross has
also activated a 24-hour emergency registration and inquiry call
centre, which will allow people affected by the flooding to register
their location, inquire about loved ones and receive information about
services available to assist them during the emergency. This service,
run by Red Cross volunteers, is available by calling toll-free 1-866-696-6484.
For families who remain on evacuation alert, the Red Cross recommends
designating a trusted friend or relative who lives far enough away that
they will not be affected by the flooding, to act as a liaison between
any separated family members. Make sure the designated person knows
they are your family contact, and that they should keep other family
members informed in the event of an evacuation. Have a list of family
contact details (phone and email) for every member of your family, in
case you become separated.
All Canadian Red Cross support is provided at no charge to those in
need. The best way to support those in need is through financial
donations. Anyone wishing to support the ongoing Red Cross response to
this disaster may do so by donating to the Canadian Red Cross Alberta Floods appeal. To donate to the Canadian Red Cross please call 1-800-418-1111
or visit www.redcross.ca.
If you have been affected by floods, you can post messages telling
friends and family that you are safe and well through the Red Cross
website by visiting www.redcross.ca. Registering yourself on the Safe and Well website is completely voluntary and you can update your entry at any
time. Those searching on this site for your information will need to
enter your name, along with your address or phone number.
The search result will show only your first name, last name, the date
and time of registration, and the messages you selected to tell your
story. You should be aware that any information entered concerning the
Alberta Floods will be stored on American Red Cross servers and are
subject to U.S. law. Neither the American Red Cross nor the Canadian
Red Cross intends to use or share the information provided.
SOURCE: CANADIAN RED CROSS
For further information:
Canadian Red Cross media line