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Assistance Arriving: Shelters Being Set Up

November 20, 2008 - At this time, the City of Thunder Bay is still without power. One hundred Hydro One crews have been sent out throughout the region to restore hydro infrastructure. Thunder Bay Hydro is working to repair lines within the City.
Land line telephone service has been restored to about 80% of the City. TBayTel is working to restore telephone service to its rural area customers.

The City's Emergency Operations Control Group is working to establish emergency shelters for citizens without an alternative heat source and food supplies. It is estimated that approximately 20,000 citizens will require emergency shelter until power is restored. When possible, residents are encouraged to stay in their homes if an alternative heat source and food supplies are available. Details on the locations of emergency shelters will be distributed once they become available and shelters are ready to receive people.

The Canadian Red Cross, the Salvation Army and the Thunder Bay District Social Services Administration Board will be assisting in the operation of these shelters.

Approximately 350 troops from the Department of National Defence have arrived to assist Thunder Bay in this emergency. The Salvation Army currently has two mobile kitchens set up to provide food and hydration to emergency personnel. One kitchen is located at the Trillium Response Joint Information Centre at Marina Park, and the other at the OPP Building on James Street.

If citizens are in need of emergency assistance or transport to a shelter and do not have access to a cellular phone, hang a towel on your door or in a window that faces the street to alert emergency responders.

Thunder Bay Police and the Department of National Defence started a door-to-door canvass this afternoon to check if residents are in need of emergency medical attention and or be transported to an emergency shelter. Canvassers are taking this opportunity to distribute real information about how citizens can be prepared in the event of a real emergency.

A request has been made to deploy the Province's Emergency Medical Assistance Team as both local hospitals are in gridlock and cannot accept any patients.

The following communities have all declared emergencies: Ignace, Sioux Lookout, Sioux Narrows/Nestor Falls, Red Lake, Greenstone, Pickle Lake, Oliver Paipoonge, O'Connor, Eabametoong First Nation, Long Lake First Nation, Gillies, Schreiber, Pays Plat First Nation, Conmee, Atikokan, Fort William First Nation, Terrace Bay, Shuniah, Ginoogaming First Nation, Sabaskong Bay First Nation, Whitefish Bay 32A First Nation, Whitefish Bay 34A First Nation, Ear Falls First Nation.


Contact: Trillium Response Joint Information Centre, 416-432-8726

*All information in this release is for exercise purpose only - it is not real.