This past weekend Alberta faced unprecedented floods that put neighborhoods under water, destroyed houses, and forced over one hundred thousand people to evacuate.

Four communities located on Canada’s second largest First Nation reserve received major flood damage and approximately 1000 residents have been forced out of their homes due to the flooding. Photograph by: Photo supplied by Siksika Nation , Calgary Herald

Four communities located on Canada’s second largest First Nation reserve received major flood damage and approximately 1000 residents have been forced out of their homes due to the flooding. Photo supplied by Siksika Nation , Calgary Herald

On behalf of the staff and membership of Greenpeace Canada right across the country, I'd like to say that our thoughts and prayers are with everyone affected by the extreme floods. 

If you are still looking for, or, needing to get in touch with loved ones:

  • The Red Cross has established a national toll-free call line at 1-866-696-6484. You can also check their ‘safe and well’ website.

We also want to encourage people that are able to, to support the relief and rebuilding effort. Here are a few ways that you can help:

If you are able to volunteer directly: 

  • Volunteers are still needed in many areas. Please call 1-866-628-6565. This is a toll-free line hosted by Samaritans Purse.
  • Look for people that may need a hand and give them one. Whether it’s help cleaning out a house, housing a friend for a few days, giving someone a sandwich or just a hug, many people are in need and could use a friendly face. Please do what you can.

If you are able to donate items or financially:

  • Morley and Siksika are still accepting donations of items like toiletries, diapers, bottled water and food items. A full list and way to donate is online.  
  • The Canadian Red Cross is also accepting financial donations. To make a donation directly to the Canadian Red Cross, who are providing disaster relief support in communities across Alberta you can call 1-800-418-1111 or donate online.

Thank you for whatever you can do to help. 

In solidarity,

Mike Hudema

Greenpeace Canada