Calgary, Alberta – The devastating Southern Alberta floods in June 2013 will be forever etched on the minds of many Canadians. Approaching two years later, Canadian Red Cross continues to help individuals, families and businesses recover. To date, Red Cross has helped more than 7,700 families and funded 70 community projects.
“Our priority continues to be working with families who are still struggling due to the long term effects, complexities, and emerging flood related challenges,” says Jenn McManus, Canadian Red Cross provincial director for Alberta. “Needs emerge over time following a disaster of this magnitude and some Albertans are only now seeking assistance after their financial and emotional reserves have been depleted.”
The Red Cross continues to work collaboratively with affected communities to identify unmet needs and help support the solutions to fulfill them. The organization is committed to helping those affected in their recovery efforts and to building back better by strengthening communities to become more resilient.
Red Cross recovery efforts for Alberta floods have included:
• Assistance to individuals and families
• Shelter and home clean-up, repair and rehabilitation
• Community initiatives and support to small businesses
• Community resiliency and disaster preparedness
As flood-affected individuals, families and businesses move forward with their lives, the Red Cross continues to have a steady presence in High River, First Nation communities, and other areas hardest-hit by the floods.
“Canadians can be very proud that their donations are having a significant and continued impact in the lives of Albertans impacted by the floods,” says McManus. “To date, we have spent $36.2 million of the total amount raised for Alberta Flood relief to help support those impacted by the disaster.”
Looking forward, the emphasis of Red Cross recovery efforts will be focused on continuing to provide assistance to individuals and families in their recovery, in addition to community initiatives, preparedness and resiliency.
“The steadfastness and determination of those affected by the floods has been remarkable,” adds McManus. “The fabric within many communities is now stronger as a result of flood recovery efforts.”
Red Cross flood operations are expected to continue through to 2016.
Further information can be found in the Alberta Floods: Two Year Progress Report located at www.redcross.ca/alberta
The Canadian Red Cross is a member of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement, which includes the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, the International Committee of the Red Cross and 187 National Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies. Our mission is to improve the lives of vulnerable people by mobilizing the power of humanity in Canada and around the world.