In the days that followed; a report on the 2018 Ottawa Tornadoes

EDS Volunteers serve First Responders at the 2018 Ottawa Tornadoes in Dunrobin, Ontario
by Ontario Communications
Categories: Newswire

On September 21st, 2018, the Ottawa region was devastated by tornadoes that touched down and destroyed homes, businesses, and property. Despite widespread destruction and impact that stretched across the entire region, thankfully no lives were lost. However, for those who were directly impacted, their lives were changed in an instant.

The Salvation Army has released a report that outlines the emergency response to the tornadoes and the ways in which the Army assisted the community. The report also provides details on how financial support from the community was, and continues to be used to assist individuals and families who were directly or indirectly impacted by the storm throughout the city.

By the Numbers

  • 11 – The number of days served in the Response Phase
  • 230 – The number of families served through Community and Family Services after-care
  • 3,300 – The number of meals served in Ottawa by two Mobile Canteen Units
  • $29,420 – The value of groceries served through Community and Family Services after-care
  • $3,595 – The value of Thrift Store vouchers handed out for free to those impacted by the storm
  • 125 – The number of Emotional and Spiritual Care connections made while going door-to-door in affected communities

Thank you for your support

The Salvation Army’s ability to respond to emergencies and disasters through its Emergency and Disaster Services programs is only possible through the generosity of the community.

As Emergency and Disaster Services teams in Ottawa were responding immediately to support those in need, The Salvation Army was also receiving donations from individuals and business alike, giving financially and donating clothing, furniture and household goods.

Families dropped off clothing and food, individuals donated financially online, and organizations like the Loaves and Fishes Fund of Ottawa-Carleton and Kanata Legion found added ways to support The Salvation Army’s response.

Partners, including the Ottawa Food Bank and United Way, generously shared the resources they had to help other agencies including The Salvation Army to meet the needs on the frontlines.

Finally, and with the deepest of appreciation, thank you to the hundreds of volunteers who assisted The Salvation Army in serving tirelessly to help others, help neighbours, and help our community.