Red Cross responds as evacuations continue, also establishes family reunification line

TORONTO, May 6, 2013 /CNW/ - Canadian Red Cross volunteers are working closely with local authorities to assist people in communities already affected or threatened by flooding.  The risk of flooding continues in several areas of northeastern Ontario, including along the James Bay coast where ice breakup is in progress on several rivers.

"Canadian Red Cross is currently supporting several communities who are hosting evacuees including Thunder Bay, Sudbury, Cornwall, Temiskaming Shores and Kapuskasing," said Mike Morton, provincial director of disaster management with the Canadian Red Cross.  "We have teams on standby throughout Ontario should more assistance be needed."

More than 700 people have been evacuated from the James Bay coast to date from communities including Kashechewan and Moosonee. Further evacuations are underway today with more possible over the coming week.

"In order to help families connect with loved ones who have been evacuated, we have also established our Central Registration and Inquiry Bureau (CRIB), a family reunification line," said Morton.  "People who are concerned about loved ones can email or call a toll free number and Red Cross volunteers will check a central registry to confirm whether family members were evacuated and where they are currently located."

The CRIB operates 24 hours a day.  People seeking information about family members can contact the CRIB by emailing  or by calling 1-855-797-8875.

Red Cross volunteers are registering evacuees in various communities and helping to support immediate needs including clothing and personal items.

The Canadian Red Cross responds to hundreds of disasters each year ranging from house fires to forest fires and flooding.  The work of the Red Cross is made possible through the dedication of thousands of volunteers and the financial support of individuals and corporations.

SOURCE: Canadian Red Cross

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