Canadian Red Cross in Alberta deploys Rapid Response Team for the First Time
Written by: Kayleigh Montgomery, Communications Volunteer
The Canadian Red Cross has officially stood down after its response to the wildfires in Mackenzie County. After two weeks in a state of emergency, the extreme weather conditions subsided with lower temperatures and continuous rainfall allowed responders to control the fires. The evacuation in McKenzie County has been lifted and residents are finally able to return safely to their homes.
For the first time, the Canadian Red Cross in Alberta deployed its Rapid Response Team as part of its efforts. The team was sent to assess the situation in order to properly assist many of the evacuees who were displaced and left vulnerable by the fires. Thanks to the efforts of all its dedicated volunteers, the Red Cross was able to send 150 cots and 175 blankets to those affected by the fires.
The new Rapid Response Team is ready 24 hours a day in order to coordinate the response by the Red Cross in situations such as the wildfires in Mackenzie County. The team includes highly trained disaster specialists who are able to respond to major events anywhere in the province.
It has been a busy summer for the Canadian Red Cross with relief efforts across the nation. Thanks to our loyal and dedicated volunteers, initiatives like our Rapid Response Team are able to be successful in their delivery of services to vulnerable people.
To learn more about the Rapid Response Team and their international efforts, click here.