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Aviva Canada employees proud of volunteer effort after Alberta Fires

A year ago, Aviva Canada employees and broker partners across the country who received training as Red Cross volunteers through their national Ready When the Time Comes partnership were called upon to help. The task: providing assistance to the thousands of people forced to evacuate Fort McMurray and the surrounding region as a result of wildfires.

In photos: Canadian Red Cross responds to spring flooding

Ongoing heavy rains resulted in flooding in many communities throughout the country, especially in Quebec. The Canadian Red Cross is on the ground to meet urgent needs of families affected by flooding.

Handling extreme stress during personal emergencies and disasters

Disasters and emergencies, like the spring flooding that’s currently impacting Canadians across the country, put a lot of stress on people who are affected.  It’s important to remember that living through a disaster or emergency is extremely stressful, and because of that it’s totally normal to feel extremely stressed out. 

Red Cross volunteers helping those affected by floods in Québec

Persistent, steady rains have put several communities in Québec at risk of flooding. Canadian Red Cross volunteers are providing disaster relief services in a number of areas, including accommodation and food. 

Useful tips and resources to prepare for flooding

Several provinces including Ontario, Quebec and British Columbia are on heightened alert for flooding as a result of high water levels that are putting several communities at risk.

Ethiopia: Red Cross volunteer walks hours to feed her drought-stricken family

Tadelech Gontena dreams of the day when she can again have fun. A single mother of five, she struggles under the weight of deciding where to dedicate her meagre resources during the ongoing drought in southern Ethiopia.

The fire was a year ago. Why aren't things back to normal?

In the days and months that followed the wild fire, we saw an incredible outpouring of support from across Canada. And throughout the past year we have seen just how resilient the people in the Fort McMurray area are. But, as many are aware, the work is not yet over.

This can make a person wonder...

It’s been a year; why aren’t things back to normal?

Africa drought: First rain of the year comes to Kindo Koysha

Martin de Vries, a Canadian Red Cross aid worker currently in Ethiopia as part of the Africa drought response, shares how the first rainfall of the year brings joy to a community, but doesn't mean the end of the drought.

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