Samaritan’s Purse helping Ontario flood victims

Bringing hope and help to flooded communities in Ottawa

UPDATED MAY 16, 2019

Samaritan’s Purse Canada is helping flood victims in Ottawa by sending one of its specially equipped Disaster Relief Units to the water-logged region and recruiting volunteers to clean up damaged homes.

Ottawa homeowners in need of assistance can call 1-844-547-2664.

The Disaster Relief Unit is located at The Metropolitan Bible Church (“The Met”) (2176 Prince of Wales Dr.) in Ottawa, ON. Volunteer shifts in Ottawa start on May 20.

Samaritan’s Purse volunteers are also working hard in the Fredericton, New Brunswick area to mud-out homes that were hard-hit by recent flooding.

Ontario Solicitor General Sylvia Jones (White jacket) visited the Samaritan’s Purse Disaster Relief Unit tractor trailer in Ottawa today. She met with members of the Samaritan’s Purse Canadian Disaster Relief team, and Billy Graham Rapid Response Team chaplains, who together are providing physical and spiritual help to flooded Ottawa residents.

Ontario Solicitor General Sylvia Jones (White jacket) visited the Samaritan’s Purse Disaster Relief Unit tractor trailer in Ottawa today. She met with members of the Samaritan’s Purse Canadian Disaster Relief team, and Billy Graham Rapid Response Team chaplains, who together are providing physical and spiritual help to flooded Ottawa residents.

“This is a traumatic situation, especially for homeowners who have been flooded multiple times, and we’re ready to do all we can to help them recover,” said Brent Davis, Samaritan’s Purse’s Canadian ministries project director. “We’re on the ground in Ottawa—connecting with churches and other non-government partners as we provide compassionate, coordinated assistance.”

Heavy rainfall and a large snowmelt caused the Ottawa river to reach a record-breaking level. As a result, hundreds of homes on both sides of the river have been damaged. Flooded roads also left some homeowners isolated and fearful.

This is the third disaster in the area to which Samaritan’s Purse has responded in the past three years, following flooding in 2017 and tornadoes in 2018.

“We are fortunate to have organizations like Samaritan’s Purse ready and willing to help people in the aftermath of disasters.”
-Jim Montgomery, Ottawa’s Office of Emergency Management

Anyone needing Samaritan’s Purse clean-up assistance can call 1-844-547-2664. Anyone wanting to volunteer to help clean out flooded homes can sign up here.

“We are fortunate to have organizations like Samaritan’s Purse ready and willing to help people in the aftermath of disasters,” said Jim Montgomery from Ottawa’s Office of Emergency Management. “Their experience and expertise will help our community recover some sense of normalcy.”

Disaster Relief Unit

Samaritan’s Purse typically deploys one or more of three Disaster Relief Units when responding to disasters in Canada. They are tractor trailers outfitted with essential disaster recovery equipment including generators, pumps, hand tools, and safety gear for volunteers.

Ready to Help

Samaritan’s Purse moved one of its Ontario-based Disaster Relief Unit to Ottawa so staff with the Christian relief organization can meet with area homeowners and recruit, train, and equip volunteers.

Disaster Relief Units are tractor trailers outfitted with 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. Samaritan’s Purse has three other Disaster Relief Units. One is in New Brunswick, where the organization is helping victims of the flooding St. John River.

In recent years, Samaritan’s Purse has assisted victims of a wide variety of Canadian and international natural disasters including flooding in British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Ontario, Quebec, New Brunswick, and Nova Scotia, plus tornadoes in Ontario, and forest fires in British Columbia and Alberta.

Samaritan’s Purse’s “sister” organization, the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association of Canada, often helps by providing crisis-trained chaplains to comfort and pray with disaster victims and volunteers. Billy Graham Rapid Response Team chaplains are in Ottawa to work alongside Samaritan’s Purse volunteers.

Please pray for the people in New Brunswick and Ontario who are affected by the floods. Please also consider partnering with us through your donations so we can help as many Canadians as possible in Jesus’ Name.

Ottawa homeowners in need of assistance can call 1-844-547-2664.

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