Published Date: February 2, 2017
On January 24-25, 2017, an ice storm in New Brunswick brought down hundreds of utility poles and thousands of kilometres of wires, resulting in widespread power outages initially affecting more than 133,000 homes and businesses. Damage is severest in the northeast part of the province where thousands of people may have to ensure cold weather for up an extended period without electricity.
Canadian Red Cross assistance will be provided once we know the amount of funds available to us through public donations and how many priority cases we determine. Our assistance will also be designed to not duplicate other aid including insurance and government disaster financial assistance. Anyone impacted by this power outage that identifies emergency and urgent verified needs will be provided service immediately.
Canadian Red Cross will continue to work with beneficiaries based on the completion of needs assessments.
Donate to the New Brunswick Ice Storms 2017 Appeal
Donations will be used to provide relief for those affected in the form of emergency food, clothing, shelter, personal services, and other necessities to help assist with recovery and resiliency. Canadians wishing to make a donation are encouraged to make a financial donation to the New Brunswick Ice Storms 2017 Appeal.
Canadian Red Cross Appeals
When we launch an appeal, donations made in response to it are used to help communities and countries identified in the appeal to recover from emergencies and disasters by providing immediate assistance and relief. Once these urgent needs have been met, we may use any remaining funds in and beyond the region to strengthen resilience to future emergencies and disasters or to provide humanitarian aid in the event that new needs arise.
The fundraising cost related to any emergency appeal will not exceed five per cent. Remaining funds will be used for Red Cross operations to support vulnerable people, families and communities.