Samaritan’s Purse Disaster Relief Unit arrives in Vernon, BC in response to flooding

July 13, 2017 • Canada

Your donations will help recruit, train and equip volunteers for flood recovery on Okanagan Indian Band reserve near Vernon.

Heavy rain caused Okanagan Lake, in central British Columbia, to flood in May and that’s caused misery for hundreds of residents in the Okanagan Indian Band reserve, who’ve watched the basements of their lakeside homes fill with water. Severe flooding has forced over 200 residents to evacuate their homes.

Floodwaters have finally begun to recede, and a Samaritan’s Purse Disaster Relief Unit is now on site to assist devastated homeowners. From our base in Vernon, we’re recruiting, training, and equipping volunteers for flood clean-up. Stationed at Alexis Park Church in Vernon, we are recruiting, training and equipping volunteers to clean-up homes. Band leaders have welcomed the assistance.

“Our field teams have been assessing the situation to gather information about the damage, and we are in contact with churches, municipal officials, and other non-government partners in the area to provide a coordinated response,” said Tammy Suitor, Samaritan’s Purse Canada’s Canadian disaster relief manager.

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Disaster Relief Units are tractor trailers outfitted with essential disaster recovery equipment including generators, pumps, hand tools, and safety gear for volunteers. They also serve as volunteer coordination centers, and are equipped with a self-contained office, communications system, and other supplies.

“We are thankful that Samaritan’s Purse has offered to help us recover from this flooding,” said Colleen Marchand, the emergency operations centre director for the Okanagan Indian Band. “This is a difficult situation for many of our residents and having an organization here, with a lot of experience in disaster relief, will make a positive difference.”

More than 400 homes were flooded in the reserve, 200 of them badly enough to force residents to leave.

Anyone who needs assistance or wants to volunteer to clean-up flooded homes can call 1-866-628-6565.

Samaritan’s Purse has two other Disaster Relief Units based in Ontario and New Brunswick.

You can offer physical and spiritual help, in Jesus’ name, to disaster victims in the Okanagan, the rest of Canada and around the world by partnering with Samaritan’s Purse with your donations and prayers. Please join us.

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