Canadian Red Cross and SGI Canada have partnered to bring disaster relief to more Saskatchewan residents.
SGI cut a cheque for $35,000 to help pay for flood clean-up kits family assistance for long-term recovery needs, Red Cross emergency preparedness and awareness efforts, and other equipment as needed.
Minister responsible Joe Hargrave says the clean-up kits will be quite useful in time of need.
“Property can be replaced, lives can’t be and so everything helps the Red Cross, when the fires were around La Ronge and everybody was evacuated and Red Cross really stepped up as they always do,” Hargrave says. “They do for small disasters as well.”
Spokesperson for Canadian Red Cross Jan Radwanski says the flood clean-up kits are a beneficial tool in a disaster.
“With flooding, it’s very traumatic for a family to go through that, or an individual, and when a clean-up kit arrives, from my personal experience, it allows them to get to work and focus on recovery, and not dwell on the event that’s happened and gives them some hope to get that house or apartment cleaned right away.”
SGI volunteers will also be available to assist the Red Cross during disasters when the time comes.