The Canadian Red Cross responding to flooding in ManitobaWhen disaster strikes, public safety is paramount but responding can quickly deplete a community's resources. The Canadian Red Cross works in collaboration with local authorities and other agencies to address the immediate needs of those affected. Emergency social services are delivered by volunteers and staff, all trained to national standards. Red Cross teams are on call 24 hours a day, ready to help those who need it most.

The Canadian Red Cross is a registered charity and not part of the Canadian government.

When major disasters strike in Manitoba - the Red Cross is there to help pick up the pieces.

Trends show that disasters are on the rise. The past two years have seen a dramatic increase in the number of disasters Red Cross has responded to in Canada.

Canadians will be facing a greater risk of death, suffering, destruction and lost income. Combine this with an increasing number of people vulnerable to risk, means Red Cross is needed now more than ever.

As natural disasters intensify, Red Cross is also seeing an increase in small but costly disasters. Many of these personal emergencies or “silent disasters” – commonly house fires – go unknown. They do not generate much attention or support. However, they are no less devastating to the families they impact.

Red Cross takes immediate action when a disaster strikes in Manitoba. By investing in our response capacity, Red Cross can be better equipped with faster and more efficient delivery of disaster relief.

The Canadian Red Cross is a member of the word’s largest humanitarian network. However, having a local presence and community-based approach, coupled with resources and know-how, give the Red Cross a distinct advantage when it comes to helping Manitobans prepare for, and deal with, disasters.

Every four hours someone needs disaster assistance from the Canadian Red Cross.

Your support is needed today to ensure Red Cross can always be counted on to provide assistance to Manitoba families after a disaster.