Ottawa-Gatineau Tornadoes

In Ontario

If your home was damaged or destroyed as a result of the tornadoes and you require assistance, please register with the Red Cross by phone  at 1-800-863-6582 between 11:00 AM and 7:00 PM.

For residents who did not sustain damage to their homes, the Red Cross will continue to provide referrals to community partners and agencies for other forms of assistance such as food support. 

Support for community organizations in Ontario

 
The Red Cross is also offering support for community organizations by allocating $300,000 to its Community Partnerships Program.
 
  • The Community Partnerships Program is a project-based grants program that is available for non-profits, charities, and other community organizations working towards the relief and recovery of those impacted by disasters in the Ottawa area.
  • Community organizations play a critical role in recovery from disasters by helping to identify needs and gaps in services, leading coordination of recovery initiatives, providing services for the most vulnerable, and building community resilience to future emergencies. The Red Cross is pleased to offer support to programs that will benefit impacted residents.
  • Interested organizations can contact ONCommunityPartners@redcross.ca for more information or call us at 1-800-863-6582.

In Québec

If you require assistance, please register with the Red Cross by phone at 1-800-863-6582.

For more information about assistance in Québec

Safety tips

After a tornado, it is important to take precautions, listen to and follow directions from local authorities, and check in on those around you. Read these tips on what to do during and after a tornado and a power outage.
 
How you can help  
Canadians wanting to provide support can help the people impacted by the tornadoes through making a financial donation to the Canadian Red Cross in one of the following  funds: The Red Cross is working to coordinate emergency relief efforts and get help to people in affected areas as quickly as possible. Money raised will be used to respond to the immediate and/or emerging needs of this disaster in and around the affected areas.


 One month later – by the numbers 
Since September 21, the Red Cross has:
  •  Registered over 3,300 people who have been impacted
  • Helped people in-person at three locations across Ottawa and Gatineau; offering shelter, emotional support, information and referrals, food and clothing
  • Received generous donations from individuals and corporations totalling $4.6 million donations in Quebec (including $3 million from the Quebec government) and $1.2 million donations in Ontario

In-Kind Donations
In-kind donations of food, clothing and other items, while well-intentioned, are not being accepted. Miscellaneous items may not always be exactly what the affected people require and would incur storage, processing and transportation costs.

For information on in-kind donations in your region, we invite you to visit:
The City of Ottawa’s page
The City of Gatineau’s page

Volunteering at the Red Cross
The Red Cross is fortunate to already have a network of highly-trained volunteers who are ready to be mobilized to assist with emergency responses. However, the Canadian Red Cross is continuously recruiting volunteers to assist with disaster responses within Canada. Those interested in volunteering with the Red Cross are encouraged to search for future opportunities.