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On January 24 & 25, 2017, a pressure system along the Eastern seaboard brought with it snow, rain, freezing rain, and ice pellets to the entire province of New Brunswick. At the height of the power outages there were more than 130,000 customers affected.
RED CROSS EMERGENCY RESPONSE
The Canadian Red Cross worked closely with the New Brunswick Department of Public Safety, municipalities and other partners to help those most impacted. We deployed to hardest-hit areas vehicles, cots, blankets, generators and other supplies, and teams of trained disaster volunteers from throughout New Brunswick, augmented by others from neighboring Maritime provinces and Quebec.
More than 40 warming centres or shelters opened, with Red Cross teams managing shelters in hardest-hit communities such as Shippagan, Caraquet and Bas-Caraquet. We provided cots, blankets and other supplies to many other shelters run by municipalities and other groups.
Nearly 100 Canadian Red Cross volunteers and 28 Red Cross staff were involved in the response, with about half of those coming from outside the Atlantic provinces.
We registered more than 8,000 individuals, sheltered over 200 people in four Red Cross-operated shelters, and provided over 2,000 meals in shelters over the course of the response. Financial assistance was also provided to those affected based on need.
The support from the Red Cross continues long after the disaster is over, helping people get back on track, thanks to the generosity of Canadians like you.
The Canadian Red Cross reminds all Canadians prepare for weather emergencies such as this one by having everything they need for at least 72 hours following a storm, flood or fire. This includes preparing an emergency kit for home and car, knowing what to do and how to stay safe during power outages.