Red Cross Opens Evacuee Family Line

Flood Watch 2009

The Canadian Red Cross Manitoba Region has opened a Family Reunification Line to assist evacuees and their friends and family. The line will be operational from 9 a.m. until 8 p.m. daily for the remainder of the flooding in Manitoba and is being staffed by a team of dedicated volunteers.

The Red Cross is urging all individuals or family groups who have evacuated from flood affected areas to please register by calling the Family Reunification Line at 1-888-662-3211.

The line has been activated at the request of municipalities affected by ongoing flooding, but is available for any Manitoban wishing to register as an evacuee throughout the province over the coming flood season.

“This line should help make it more convenient for evacuees to register wherever they are, without having to go down to a reception centre that might not be accessible or convenient,” says Amanda Herbert, Disaster Response Team Director with the Red Cross in Manitoba.

Currently, two reception centres have been set up for evacuees north of Winnipeg—in the RM of West St. Paul and the RM of St. Andrews. Red Cross volunteers have been asked by both municipalities to perform registration services on site. Volunteers are already registering evacuees in West St. Paul.

via news release


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