28 June 2012
For immediate release Thursday 28 June 2012
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Red Cross Provides Help to Flood Family in Belfast
A family with a young child suffering from a respiratory illness has been helped by volunteers from the British Red Cross as part of the response to severe flooding in Belfast. The Red Cross was asked by Belfast City Council to attend the flooded homes of a number of South Belfast families facing particularly difficult circumstances.
Red Cross FESS volunteer Clive Hamilton said;
"Flooding is traumatic for any household but for some families it can have immediate health implications too. We have been on standby with our specially adapted mobile home, which usually responds to households affected by serious house fires. It gives people who've had to leave their home somewhere safe and dry to sit until alternative accommodation is found."
Organisations which have existing agreements with Red Cross have also come forward to offer help, including Tesco, who supply the Red Cross with a range of essential grocery items to distribute to communities during periods of emergency response. The Northern Ireland Land Rover Owners Club has also made its members' 4x4 vehicles available through the Red Cross.
Red Cross Emergency Response Manager, Joanne McKenna said;
"We have been on standby throughout this episode of flooding and hope to be able to provide assistance to communities during the recovery phase of the operation."
Notes to Editors:
The British Red Cross helps people in crisis, whoever and wherever they are. We are part of a global voluntary network, responding to conflicts, natural disasters and individual emergencies.
We enable vulnerable people in the UK and abroad to prepare for and withstand emergencies in their own communities. And when the crisis is over, we help them to recover and move on with their lives.