The Canadian Red Cross is working alongside City Hall and all the agencies who are part of the relief effort for the Kashechewan evacuees.

The regional operations manager of emergency management – Serenna (sur-EE-nah) Besserer –says the first things it does are registration and personal services.

“Personal services is distribution of items for babies, children, hygiene supplies, things that they might have forgot or midplaced during the evacuation,” she explains.

Beyond that, the Red Cross will attend daily briefings with all agencies involved, and support the effort as long as it’s needed.

Besserer says you can volunteer to help by going to redcross.ca .

“We do require certain format of onboarding, such as a criminal check and things like that,” she cautions, “but we have a system set up in place that we can quickly onboard new volunteers if needed.”