With floods expected to worsen with the spring thaw, the Canadian Red Cross is ready to ramp up its response for families who have been evacuated in Manitoba, Saskatchewan, and Alberta.
“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.