Canadian Relief Projects - 080504 Canadian Disaster Relief

Ottawa-Gatineau Tornadoes

UPDATED Oct. 12, 2018

Samaritan’s Purse is welcoming donations to help traumatized tornado victims in the Ottawa-Gatineau region. One of our specially equipped Disaster Relief Units is already on site at The Metropolitan Bible Church (“The Met”): 2176 Prince of Wales Dr, Nepean, ON.

“It’s in the top two or three traumatic events that have affected our city [during its 163-year history],” Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson told news media, in describing the tornadoes that blasted through the region on September 21.

More than 40 homes in the community of Dunrobin alone were flattened or destroyed. Hundreds of thousands of people are without power and will remain that way for days, local utilities have warned. We are consulting with Ottawa-area emergency authorities to coordinate our response.

The Disaster Relief Unit is outfitted with generators, pumps, hand tools, and safety gear to equip our trained staff who will recruit, train, and deploy caring clean-up volunteers from across Canada.

“Having volunteered in Dunrobin this week, I can say that the system for volunteering was very well organized and it was a wonderful experience being able to help out even a bit. Bottom line: if you are thinking of volunteering, your help is needed and will be very much appreciated, I am sure.”
-Jennifer, volunteer with Samaritan’s Purse

“This was a sudden event that no one saw coming,” says Brent Davis, Samaritan’s Purse Canada’s disaster response director.

We invite you to pray for the victims of the tornadoes as they struggle with the emotional and practical challenges of cleaning up and rebuilding their damaged homes.

To assist them, Samaritan’s Purse’s “sister” ministry, the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association of Canada, will be deploying Rapid Response chaplains to care for the spiritual needs of the victims.

Some of Samaritan’s Purse Canada’s four Disaster Relief Units—two based in Calgary and two more in southern Ontario—played important roles in flood clean-ups in B.C. and New Brunswick last spring and summer.

In recent years, Samaritan’s Purse has aided victims of a wide variety of natural disasters in Canada including floods in New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Quebec, Ontario, Saskatchewan, southern Alberta, and British Columbia, plus wildfires in Fort McMurray, Alberta, and the B.C. interior.

Samaritan’s Purse has also helped victims of international disasters including hurricanes Harvey, Maria, and Irma in the U.S. and the Caribbean in 2017, Hurricane Matthew in Haiti in 2016, the 2015 earthquake in Nepal, Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines in 2013, and the 2011 earthquake/tsunami in Japan.

Note: This story was originally published Sept. 22

Canadian Relief Projects - 080504 Canadian Disaster Relief

Help Samaritan's Purse respond quickly to victims of disasters within Canada, providing not only physical assistance as people clean up and rebuild after floods, fires, and other disasters, but also emotional and spiritual support in the aftermath of tragedy.