Oct. 23, 2008
FREDERICTON (CNB) - The provincial government is officially thanking the Canadian Red Cross Society for the emergency social services it gave to hundreds of victims during the flood along the St. John River this spring.
The government is also reimbursing the Canadian Red Cross for the expenses it incurred while ensuring the safety and comfort of New Brunswickers during the emergency. Today, John W. Foran, minister of public safety and solicitor general, presented the organization with a cheque for $351,890.97.
"The Canadian Red Cross went above and beyond the call of duty during the flood by drawing on resources and expertise from across Atlantic Canada to help New Brunswickers in our time of need," said Foran. "I am pleased that our government is able to reimburse the organization for the extraordinary expense it incurred in assisting the province's response and recovery efforts."
The Canadian Red Cross established reception centres, provided evacuees with accommodations and meals, and helped with distributing important recovery information to residents in flood-affected areas.
"Our ability to mobilize quickly in several locations with a network of well-trained and -equipped volunteers and staff is the true strength of the Red Cross," said Louise Castonguay, regional director with the Canadian Red Cross. "We were certainly able to demonstrate the value of a partnership with the Province of New Brunswick when residents along nearly the entire length of the St. John River needed our assistance for a lengthy period."
The Department of Public Safety's Emergency Measures Organization (EMO) co-ordinates preparedness activities and provincial-level response in emergencies or disasters. EMO encourages New Brunswickers to be prepared to remain self-sufficient for a minimum of 72 hours in an emergency.
For more information, visit http://www.gnb.ca/RiverWatch.
MEDIA CONTACTS: Chrystiane Mallaley, media relations, Department of Public Safety, 506-444-4430; Janice Babineau, Canadian Red Cross Society, 902-424-1413.