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Richmond partners with Canadian Red Cross to deliver emergency support

By Richmond Sentinel

Published 10:38 PST, Tue November 24, 2020

The city is partnering with the Red Cross to provide emergency support services, a critical component of assisting residents displaced by fire, flood, earthquakes and other emergencies in the community. The recently signed service delivery agreement for this partnership takes effect Feb. 1, 2021.

“Emergency Support Services, along with its volunteers, is a vital part of the city’s emergency response, providing assistance to individuals and families during times of crisis,” said Mayor Malcolm Brodie. “The core of this program is the offering of necessary supports to help with people’s recovery needs and preserve their emotional and physical well-being. The partnership with Red Cross increases our response capabilities, enhances existing programs and reaffirms council’s commitment to community safety.”

“Red Cross Emergency Support Services volunteers are ready to respond 24 hours a day to meet the immediate needs of people impacted by an event like a house fire or flood,” said Pat Quealey, vice-president of Canadian Red Cross in BC and Yukon. “When an emergency happens in Richmond, the Canadian Red Cross will be there to support the community.”

The City of Richmond's emergency support services program relies on dedicated local businesses and organizations which are committed to supporting the community during an emergency or disaster. When small and medium emergency events occur, the City of Richmond will call on the Red Cross to access its volunteer-based responders and established resources to provide food, transportation, lodging and incidentals for up to 72 hours to displaced residents in need.

For larger events, the city will continue to coordinate with Emergency Management British Columbia, regional partners and other organizations, including the Red Cross, to ensure a coordinated and timely response.

Both the city and Red Cross are calling for Richmond residents to volunteer for Emergency Support Services. Those interested are encouraged to learn more and apply to join the Red Cross volunteer team by visiting RedCross.ca/volunteer or email volunteerBCY@redcross.ca.

For more information on Richmond’s Emergency Support Services, visit www.richmond.ca/safety/prepare/city/ess or email emergencyprograms@richmond.ca.

To learn more about the Canadian Red Cross programs and services, visit www.redcross.ca/in-your-community/british-columbia-and-yukon.

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