Red Cross comes to the aid of residents displaced by Edmonton fire

Topics: Alberta, Emergencies and Disasters in Canada
September 21, 2012

Red Cross comes to the aid of residents displaced by Edmonton fire

More than 30 people were forced to evacuate from an apartment building in west Edmonton, Alberta, after a fire broke out on September 2, but with the assistance of the Canadian Red Cross, those in need were able to gain access to much-needed relief resources. 

The fire was successfully extinguished, but the damage caused by the flames may result in long-term problems for the residents of the building.

Approximately 44 people were displaced from the building as a result of the fire and were helped by the Canadian Red Cross. They received food, shelter and personal items, like hygiene kits and teddy bears for children.

In the wake of an emergency, the Canadian Red Cross can respond quickly to the needs of the affected communities. If people are displaced from their homes, the Red Cross can work with local municipality to set up a reception centre or shelter. This is where people affected by the emergency can come to receive assistance and support from the Red Cross for the first 72 hours following a disaster.

In addition to these  facilities, the Canadian Red Cross offers services like family reunification. This service allows  loved ones who were separated in a disaster or emergency to find one another and reunite their families.

If you want to help make a difference in the lives of those affected by emergencies in Canada and show your support for the Canadian Red Cross' disaster relief responses both in the country and around the world, consider making a donation online or, to learn more, please visit your local Red Cross office. 

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