Posted on April 29, 2013 by Karen Snider, Blog Master/ Media Manager, @karensnider
At the Canadian Red Cross, our disaster teams in Ontario have been working in communities across the province helping those affected by severe flooding over the last week. At the start of this emergency, Red Cross disaster responders were there to open evacuation/reception centres, to make sure people had lodging, food and water when floods forced them from their homes. I met one of those evacuees over the weekend after he had returned to his house.
I was working with a team of Red Crossers going door to door to check on neighbours to make sure those affected by floods are safe and well, and to distribute clean-up kits as needed. More than 80 volunteers spanned across Kawartha Lakes and Ramara checked in on more than 800 homes.
At one house I visited in Black River, Ron told us that he and his wife were forced to leave Sunday in a boat because their house was flooded with more than three feet of water. He thanked the Red Cross for being there for them when they evacuated.
His neighbour, Angelo, greeted the Red Cross with tears in his eyes. It’s been a difficult time for him and his wife. The 70-year-old had been in the hospital for an operation and finally returned home the day the flooding began. He woke his wife up at 1 a.m. last Saturday and told her they needed to leave.
When the water receded a few days later and he could finally access his property again, Angelo could see that his family lost everything. The fridge and freezer were overturned with food spilling out and spoiling. Beds, couches and almost all furniture had been completely immersed in water. And then there were the sentimental valuables; the photos he tried to save by putting them high on top of furniture before he left, only to find the furniture over-turned and his family photos destroyed.
Angelo has lived in this home for 26 years. A dirt road separates his property from the river. Aware of the potential for flood, his house was built five feet off the ground. During this recent flooding, waters were at least eight feet high.
Angelo thanked the Red Cross for helping him. “I want people to know this isn’t just a flood. This is a disaster,” he said. “I’ve lost everything.”
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Posted on April 27, 2013 by Karen Snider, Blog Master/ Media Manager, @karensnider
*Photos by Johan Hallberg-Campbell
This weekend Canadian Red Cross volunteers are going door-to-door to hundreds of homes in Kawartha Lakes and Ramara affected by recent flooding to ensure families affected are safe and well, and have supplies to begin the process of recovering and cleaning their homes.
Thanks to the generosity of The Home Depot and the local community supporting a fundraising drive at various LCBO stores, the Red Cross is able to distribute clean-up kits that will help families restore their homes. The kits contain cleaning products and supplies, gloves, garbage bags and other items.
Some 300 kits were assembled by staff at The Home Depot store in Bracebridge this morning which will also be distributed to families in Bracebridge once water levels recede.
Red Cross volunteers have been on the ground in affected communities since the flooding began. More than 1,000 homes have been affected across the province.
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Posted on April 23, 2013 by Karen Snider, Blog Master/ Media Manager, @karensnider
Flooding is occurring in communities across parts of central Ontario with State of Emergencies declared in many municipalities including: Huntsville, Bracebridge, Kawartha Lakes, Powassan, Markstay-Warren (Sudbury area) and Minden Hills. Thousands of people may be affected, with a majority of those being in Kawartha Lakes. In some communities, such as Burnt River, families have been forced to evacuate their homes.
The Canadian Red Cross is working closely with community officials and is prepared to respond as needed. Red Cross volunteers have set up reception centres in Minden and Burnt River to assist families who are in need of shelter, food, personal services and information.
To find out more information about flood warnings in Ontario, check out the Ministry of Natural Resources flood page.
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Posted on February 26, 2013 by Karen Snider, Blog Master/ Media Manager, @karensnider
When getting ready for a Global TV Morning Show interview, Janelle Warren, from the First Aid and Water Safety team in Ontario, polled her Facebook friends to find out whether parents have stories of children putting things in their nose and ears.
They sure did! Parents talked about the many random things children have stuffed in their ears and eyes, including beans, peanuts, beads, candy and even a Barbie shoe.
So what do you do?
- Grasp it and pull it out if the object is clearly visible and can be grasped
- Don’t play operation and try to get it out with tweezers or other tools
- Go to the doctor and seek medical assistance to remove it
Janelle was on Global TV to talk about first aid for children, specifically what to do if a child has a nosebleed, how to look for signs of a concussion, what to do in case of poisoning, and what to do when kids put foreign objects in their nose and ears.
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Posted on November 21, 2012 by Karen Snider, Blog Master/ Media Manager, @karensnider
*Photos by Johan Hallberg-Campbell
Last week, the Canadian Red Cross opened a satellite office in Moose Cree First Nation, located near Moosonee on the coast of James Bay. This is the first Red Cross office in a First Nation community in Ontario and the second in Canada. Working closely with the Red Cross branch office in Timmins, the Moose Cree First Nation satellite office will support the development and delivery of existing Red Cross programs and services in the Moose Cree community. The first programs to operate from this satellite office will be disaster management and violence and abuse prevention. This is an exciting partnership that will help the citizens of Moose Cree live healthier and safer lives and develop their capacity to prevent injuries, abuse and violence and prepare for and respond to disasters and emergencies.
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Posted on November 19, 2012 by Karen Snider, Blog Master/ Media Manager, @karensnider
Today is World Toilet Day. While toilets are not the easiest topic to discuss, 2.5 billion people worldwide – invariably the poor, underprivileged and disenfranchised – lack access to adequate sanitation, making this something we need to talk about.
To mark World Toilet Day, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) asked people involved in sanitation projects supported by National Societies or the IFRC to send pictures of the results of their efforts for a ‘toilets of the world’ contest.
The response, in photos and votes, was inspiring. More than 5,000 people voted for their favourite picture on our blog, and the winning photo is this one from Mongolia. Here’s a great update on the Mongolian Red Cross’ sanitation programme: http://goo.gl/P6GEu (Photo: Bat-Erdene Ulziibaatar)
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Posted on October 30, 2012 by Karen Snider, Blog Master/ Media Manager, @karensnider
A massive response operation to help those affected by Superstorm Sandy is underway at the American Red Cross headquarters in Washington D.C. Check out this video update from Anne Marie Borrego from the media relations team.
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Posted on October 28, 2012 by Karen Snider, Blog Master/ Media Manager, @karensnider
The Canadian Red Cross is urging families take action and ensure they are prepared for emergency situations that may arise from a severe weather system expected to make landfall this week. The Red Cross advocates that families be prepared to sustain themselves for at least 72 hours in any emergency that may cause power outages or force evacuations.
According to Environment Canada, Hurricane Sandy is expected to impact the eastern coast of the United States and parts of Ontario, Quebec and the Maritimes over the next few days. The storm covers a wide area and the impacts of heavy rainfall, high winds and possibly snow may be experienced well away from the centre of the storm.
Storm conditions could lead to downed trees, power outages and flooding.
“The Canadian Red Cross encourages all Canadians to take some steps to ensure their safety. Be prepared to take care of yourself and your family for at least 72 hours in an emergency,” said Mike Morton, Canadian Red Cross director of disaster management in Ontario. “By taking some time now to store emergency food, water and other supplies, you can provide for your entire family during a power outage or evacuation.”
The Red Cross recommends families have the following items ready in sturdy, easy-to-carry containers such as suitcases on wheels or backpacks in the event of a power outage or an evacuation:
- Water: Store two litres of drinking water and two litres of water for washing per person, per day, keeping a 72-hour supply on hand for your family and any pets.
- Food: Store at least a 72-hour supply of non-perishable food for each person. Ensure that there is enough for each member of your family.
- Manual can opener
- Crank or battery-operated flashlight, with extra batteries
- Crank or battery-operated radio, with extra batteries
- Extra keys, for house and car
- First aid kit
- Cash in small bills
- Special needs items – medications, baby formula and diapers, and equipment for people with disabilities. Learn more about plans for people with disabilities.
Visit www.redcross.ca/ready for a full list of supplies that can be added to your emergency kit.
The Red Cross also recommends families have a plan in place in case they need to evacuate their homes. For tips on how to make an evacuation plan, visit www.redcross.ca/ready.
In times of emergency, the Canadian Red Cross relies on its network of thousands of highly trained volunteers to respond. Volunteers are currently on standby to asssist Canadians or to deploy to the U.S. to support the American Red Cross if needed. Teams are currently assessing the availability of volunteers across the province and checking all equipment to ensure a high state of readiness to respond if necessary.
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