Canadians were shocked after areas of Ottawa and Gatineau were destroyed on Friday night due to tornados ripping through the West Ottawa area. The storm left thousands without power and others completely homeless.
While restoration efforts have swung into force and government officials like Justin Trudeau and Doug Ford have visited the areas of destruction, many people have been left suffering due to the storm.
Thank you to the hydro workers, first responders and all the other front-line staff who have been working around the clock to support Dunrobin and other devastated communities. #ottstorm pic.twitter.com/0wqSDN5QTT— Doug Ford (@fordnation) September 23, 2018
To everyone dealing with the aftermath of the tornado in Dunrobin, ON & the Ottawa-Gatineau area – stay safe, follow the instructions of first responders and check in with people who might need extra help. We’re monitoring the situation and thinking of everyone affected. #onstorm— Justin Trudeau (@JustinTrudeau) September 21, 2018
While thousands in the area are still without power, many others are now facing a crisis of finding a place to live after the storm destroyed their home. Close to 300 buildings have been completely destroyed, as well as many others damaged.
After such a tragedy, Ottawa is asking for help from their fellow Canadians and need it more than ever. Ontario actually enacted the Disaster Relief Recovery Assistance for the city because of the terrible state caused by the tornados.
We are very proud of @RenCtyParamedic crews, Sierra Team & our Drone Pilots for responding to multiple calls for service from #Calabogie to #Dunrobin due to #onstorm tornado. Strong teamwork with #CACC's, @LanarkMedic @Ottawa_Medic serving many people in need of #Paramedic care. pic.twitter.com/LLQo7AdsYj— ChiefMNolan (@ChiefMNolan) September 22, 2018
So, how can you help the people in Ottawa and Gatineau effected by the storm? The Red Cross is asking that all Canadian's interested in donating give head to their fundraiser online or call 1-800-418-1111. If you're interested in giving household items for families looking to rebuild you can donate them to the Salvation Army.
The city's NHL team is asking for sports fans to contribute to a GoFund Me in honour of the city. The target of $25,000 was already surpassed but the more you give the larger amount of people they can help!
The Kanata Food Cupboard will also be taking food donations on Monday, September 24th for those looking to help ensure everyone has a full belly. Their deliveries will be determined by those who need food the most, but donations can be received between 9:00 AM and 4:00 PM on Monday.
While Ottawa area was greatly affected by the storm, so was Gatineau, Quebec. Canadians in the area can help out those displaced in Gatineau by dropping off donations, such as hygiene products and non-perishable food products, at the old Sears building on the ground floor of Galeries de Hull.
The donation centre opened today from 9:00 AM until 5:00 PM, but will be open the remainder of the week for additional donations.
The conditions in Ottawa may seem tragic currently but a strong community can always rebuild with support.
There's no doubt that Canada's capital is supported by the rest of the country and will be restored to its former self as soon as possible. For now, we just hope that those without power and without homes are safe and cared for.