Responding to Disasters [Video]


The past several years gave us a series of defining moments.

In 2013, we responded to the biggest domestic disaster in Canadian history: the Alberta Floods. That was followed less than a month later by the train explosion in Lac-Mégantic. And later that year, Typhoon Haiyan struck the Philippines.

The Canadian Red Cross responds to thousands of disasters every year, at home and around the globe. Everything house fires to wild fires, from landslides to hurricanes. And we rely on Canadians for their generosity and solidarity. Donations raised in the crucial early hours of an emergency are essential to our work.

Our view of disaster recovery is not just short term. The Red Cross is there before, during and after a disaster. We help communities prepare for a disaster, we provide emergency relief, and we aid in the recovery and rebuilding.

Rebuilding after a major disaster takes time. In some cases – in the Philippines, in Haiti, in Alberta, and in Lac-Mégantic, the recovery efforts continue today and we’re still on the ground helping years after the disaster. The Red Cross will be there as long as we are needed.

Of course, none of this could happen without your generous support. Your donations make the difference. In addition to giving to us during times of emergency, many Canadians support us year-round, which allows us to prepare before disaster strikes. However, funds donated to a particular disaster response are only used for those recovery efforts.
My personal invitation to you: Contact us if you have any questions and we’ll continue this conversation.
Thank you.
Conrad Sauvé
President & CEO
Canadian Red Cross