Helping neighbours after Ottawa tornadoes
Dunrobin citizen, Alexandre Charron says the Red Cross did not do their part after six tornados touched down in the Ottawa-Gatineau region this past September. While Charron’s house was spared damage from the twisters, many of his neighbours’ homes were destroyed, and some are still waiting for help; he claims the Red Cross only handed $1,800 in the first month following the disaster.
Vice-President of Red Cross Ontario, Tanya Elliott, tells Context’s Molly Thomas that the organization was on the ground within hours of the twisters touching down and working with the city, setting up reception centres, and helping people with their immediate needs to find a place to sleep. Elliott says the Red Cross is still in Ottawa helping with the needs of residents.
Elliott adds, the Red Cross encourages people to register with them so they can assess and help their specific needs. So far 700 households have registered.
Red Cross helps over one million Canadians through natural disasters. They are just one of many organizations helping their neighbours in need. Watch the full show, here: