Hurricane Season 2009

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Hurricanes and the subsequent wind damage, flooding and landslides that follow, impact the Americas every year. The Red Cross works with communities throughout the Caribbean, Latin America, the United States and Canada to prepare for hurricanes and tropical storms so that communities are better able to respond and to mitigate the risks.

The Canadian Red Cross prepared for the 2009 hurricane season by prepositioning $400,000 in relief supplies in Panama, for quick distribution to the Caribbean and Latin America. Trained Canadian Red Cross delegates with expertise in disaster relief, water and sanitation, health care and logistics are ready to be deployed at a moment’s notice. As well, Canadian Red Cross, through a partnership with the Canadian International Development Agency, has over $1 million in relief supplies in its warehouse in Canada ready to be shipped and distributed following a large disaster.

In Canada, Red Cross staff and volunteers support communities throughout the year and encourage preparedness for all forms of disaster, including hurricanes and heavy storms.

The 2009 hurricane season officially got underway on June 1, 2009 and is expected to last until the end of November.