British Columbia Disaster Response

Note: The following appeal is now closed.  You can support our ongoing work by donating to the Canadian Red Cross

 

Recent torrential rains have caused flooding in several communities in the Peace River Regional District in northeast BC. Over 200 homes have been affected and several families have had to find emergency accommodation. Many others are feeling the effects in their communities.

In the days and weeks ahead, as families in the Peace River Region begin to rebuild their lives, livelihoods and communities, the Canadian Red Cross will be there to help.
The Canadian Red Cross is committed to ensuring that every family can recover from disaster and your financial support can help achieve this.

Please give generously

The Canadian Red Cross is committed to supporting the most vulnerable during times of disaster. Your financial gift will make a difference for families in the northeast of BC in the difficult days and weeks ahead. The Canadian Red Cross collaborates with government to ensure all needs are met. Assistance is provided to meet needs - not loss. With so many families in need, and more expected in the weeks ahead, your help can’t wait.

How you can help

Canadians wishing to support the Canadian Red Cross BC Disaster response are encouraged to contribute by calling 1-800-418-1111, donating through redcross.ca, or contacting their local Red Cross office. Cheques should be made payable to the Canadian Red Cross, earmarked “BC Disaster Response” and mailed to the Canadian Red Cross National Office, 170 Metcalfe Street, Suite 300, Ottawa, Ontario, K2P 2P2.

The situation in the region continues to unfold, but it is clear that the needs will be great. When the water recedes, families will return to damaged houses, lost possessions and destroyed livelihoods. Working with the District of Chetwynd and Emergency Management BC the Red Cross has opened a  resiliency centre to support those affected by the flooding. Operated by Red Cross volunteers, the centre provides information, relief and recovery services and support to affected families.

When the waters recede, houses may be filled with mud and debris.  Families will require clean-up materials so they can safely return home. Parents with young children will need to quickly replace destroyed possessions such as cribs and highchairs, and individuals with health needs may need to replace essential items such as hearing aids, glasses and medication.

The Canadian Red Cross is currently responding to disasters in BC, as well as fires and disasters in other communities across western Canada. Donations made to the Western Canada Severe Weather Fund in support of BC Disasters, will be used in BC. Should donations exceed the needs in BC, Red Cross will continue to support families experiencing disasters in other regions across Western Canada.