People under evacuation order due to wildfires in B.C. are encouraged to register with Canadian Red Cross to determine eligibility for assistance

Topics: British Columbia and Yukon, Emergencies and Disasters in Canada
Victoria, B.C. | August 20, 2021

More than $2M already distributed to eligible households
 
The Canadian Red Cross is working closely with community leadership and all levels of government to support the needs of the people impacted by the wildfires in British Columbia.
 
Thanks to the Province of British Columbia and the generosity of Canadians, to date the Canadian Red Cross has distributed more than $2 million to eligible households affected by the B.C. fires.
 
The Canadian Red Cross is providing one-time financial assistance to people impacted by the wildfire in Lytton and to people under an evacuation order for 10 or more consecutive days due to wildfires in other areas of the province.
 
People who are under mandatory evacuation order by a local authority or through Band Council Resolution due to wildfires in British Columbia can register with Red Cross by calling 1-800-863-6582, between the hours of 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. PST.
 
People who have already registered with British Columbia Emergency Support Services (ESS), or are staying with family and friends, are also encouraged to register with Red Cross.
 
Registration with Red Cross ensures people can be contacted while away from home, as well as be reached with information on further services and assistance that may become available to them during this time of need.
 
Additional information on Red Cross services can be found at www.redcross.ca/2021bcfires.
 
ADDITIONAL RESOURCES
@RedCrossCanada | facebook.com/CanadianRedCross | redcross.ca/blog
Red Cross donor inquiries: WeCare@redcross.ca or 1-800-418-1111
 
 ABOUT THE CANADIAN RED CROSS
Here in Canada and overseas, the Red Cross stands ready to help people before, during and after a disaster. As a member of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement – which is made up of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, the International Committee of the Red Cross and 192 national Red Cross and Red Crescent societies – the Canadian Red Cross is dedicated to helping people and communities in Canada and around the world in times of need, and supporting them in strengthening their resilience.
 
MEDIA CONTACT
B.C. Media Line: 1-604-709-6747
 
 
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