Christian aid organization ready to help after major flooding displaces more than 100,000 people
CALGARY, June 21, 2013 /CNW/ - Samaritan's Purse is offering assistance
in the city of Calgary and the surrounding area, where torrential
rainfall is causing severe flooding and has forced more than 100,000
people out of their homes.
The Canadian office of the Christian relief and development
organization, which is based in northeast Calgary, away from the
flooding, has activated its Disaster Assistance Response Team. Their
specially-equipped Disaster Relief Units include tractor-trailer units
outfitted with essential disaster recovery equipment such as
generators, pumps, hand tools, and safety gear. One unit is located in
Calgary and another unit is on its way from Ontario to southern
Samaritan's Purse is coordinating with officials, church partners, and
other organizations and will mobilize volunteers to help vulnerable
homeowners with property reclamation and clean up, at no charge to
homeowners, as flood waters recede.
Rapid Response Team chaplains from the Billy Graham Evangelical
Association of Canada will be on hand to help meet spiritual and
emotional needs of affected homeowners and families.
Samaritan's Purse is also helping to meet the emergency needs, including
food and hygiene kits, for 1,000 evacuees from the Calgary Drop-In and
As rains and runoff water from the Rocky Mountains pummel southern
Alberta, water levels on the Bow, Elbow, Highwood, and Sheep rivers
have reached crisis levels, forcing thousands to seek refuge at
churches, community shelters, or with family and friends.
"Samaritan's Purse has the resources and ability to mobilize volunteers
and help homeowners in southern Alberta recover from this devastating
flood," said Fred Weiss, Executive Director for Samaritan's Purse
"We have responded to flooding, fires, tornadoes, and many other natural
disasters around the world, across Canada, and now we have an
opportunity to help in our own back yard."
Samaritan's Purse is working with church partners and will be hosting
information sessions for pastors and church representatives this
weekend. Please check SamaritansPurse.ca for information session details.
To support this urgent work, call 1-866-628-6565 (available week days and this Saturday and Sunday from 9
p.m. to 5 p.m. MST) or visit SamaritansPurse.ca.
About Samaritan's Purse Canada
Samaritan's Purse Canada is an international Christian relief and
development organization working in about 45 countries to provide aid
to victims of war, disease, disaster, poverty, famine, and persecution.
The Calgary-based charity also operates the well-known Operation
Christmas Child program that sends gift-filled shoe boxes to needy
children around the world each year. Our water initiatives raise funds
for life-saving BioSand Water Filters throughout the developing world.
Go to SamaritansPurse.ca for more information.
SOURCE: Samaritan's Purse Canada
For further information:
Carla Bregani, Senior Communications Advisor
Samaritan's Purse Canada