Red Cross assisting flood-stricken families in Thunder Bay
Working in close co-operation with the City of Thunder Bay, the Canadian Red Cross has been going door-to-door to assess damage in affected homes. Already, nearly 700 homes have been assessed. To speed up assessments, the Red Cross has also established three centres where families can come for a rapid assessment and receive immediate aid.
To help those families in immediate need, the Red Cross is working to provide up to 1,000 comfort kits -- which contain personal hygiene items, baby supplies and more -- as well as up to 2,000 clean-up kits. The Red Cross is also providing vouchers for families who are in need of food, clothing or other basic necessities.
A shelter operated by the Red Cross remains open, where more than 50 people have been registered. These shelters have also been used for families looking for bathing facilities, which was especially important in the first few days of the flooding when there were restrictions on water due to the sewage back up.
Donations to support the Canadian Red Cross relief efforts can be made online at www.redcross.ca, by calling 1-800-418-1111 or visiting in-person their local Red Cross branch. Funds should be earmarked for Thunder Bay Flood 2012.