20 volunteers from the Quebec Zone of the Canadian Red Cross to provide assistance to their colleagues in Alberta

Topics: Quebec, Emergencies and Disasters in Canada
June 28, 2013

June 28, 2013 – Roughly 20 volunteers from the Quebec Zone of the Canadian Red Cross headed out this week to take part in the Canadian Red Cross’s operations with flood victims in Alberta.

“Since all Red Cross volunteers receive the same training and  because the standards for the assistance provided are the same across the country, volunteers from anywhere can lend a hand during a major disaster,” stated Michel Léveillé, Director General of the Canadian Red Cross, Quebec Zone.

As experienced and competent responders, most of them have been involved in major responses, including Montérégie in spring 2011. Assigned to the Red Cross’s operations in Western Canada, they will be on site to take over from the Alberta volunteers, who have been busy assisting the flood victims for a week now. Their mandate should last about 10 days.

They are glad to be able to take part in the relief efforts and assist the flood victims, and they will also benefit from the opportunity to broaden their emergency response experience.

About the Red Cross in Quebec

Three times a day in Quebec, regardless of the time or location, volunteer teams from the Red Cross assist vulnerable people following a disaster. In these situations, families, seniors and other individuals whose lives have just been turned upside down, receive critical emergency assistance and can rely on support and comfort from the volunteers.

It is due to the public’s generosity that the volunteers are able to take action and to help their neighbours. Donations can be made to the Alberta flood victims fund by calling 1-800-418-1111 or visiting www.redcross.ca.