Atlantic Red Cross team helps evacuees in Alberta
More than 175K people ordered to evacuate in flood ravaged province
The Canadian Red Cross says its Atlantic team has been helping out evacuees in flood-ravaged portions of Alberta.
The group said that telephone call centers in Dartmouth, Moncton and Saint John are collecting information from flood victims, such as home addresses and where they are staying now, along with current contact information.
More than 500 calls have been processed at the three Maritime operations centres.
So far, three bodies have been discovered and at least 175,000 people in Alberta have been ordered to evacuate their homes following some of the worst flooding that the province has ever seen.
John Byrne, director general of disaster management for the Canadian Red Cross, said the service being provided in the Maritimes frees up the Alberta team to focus on other operational activities.
"Between technology and the fact that our volunteers anywhere in Canada have the same training, standards and procedures, it’s easy for volunteers in the Maritimes to mobilize and accept toll-free calls from people forced from their homes or apartments in Alberta," said Byrne.
"Our Atlantic operations centres can collect vital information such as where an evacuee normally resides, where they are staying now and how best to contact them with emergency information. That frees members of our Alberta team to focus on other operational activities while also having instant access to the most up-to-date client database."
A number of Atlantic volunteers are also on standby to deploy to Alberta, if required, to help manage evacuation and reception centres.
Incoming calls to Red Cross operations centres in the Maritimes may also be from other family members anywhere in Canada trying to locate or relay a message to an Alberta relative who may have been evacuated.