Acadian Peninsula Community Foundation supports locals following New Brunswick Ice Storm

Guest post from Jean-Charles, Executive Director, Acadian Peninsula Community Foundation

A severe ice storm devastated the Acadian Peninsula on January 24 and many residents are still without power. According to CBC News, there were close to 26,000 NB Power customers without power at one time and as of last Friday there were still 3,477 power outages. Two people have died in the region and several more were injured from carbon monoxide poisoning.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau visited the Acadian Peninsula on Friday February 3 following the ice storm disaster in the region over the past 10 days.

Apart from acute health problems that are being addressed by the emergency departments, other problems are still likely to occur. Homes have been damaged resulting in displacement of the population. Impacted individuals may develop emotional and behavioral problems as a consequence of the disaster. These problems may result in health related needs like medical treatment and mental health supports.

In response to the ice storm, the Acadian Peninsula Community Foundation has created the Acadian Peninsula Ice Storm 2017 Appeal to cover some of the travel expenses for families in need of health services and without access to other financial assistance programs.

To make a contribution please visit the foundation’s Canada Helps donation page. All donations will receive a tax receipt from the foundation.

The Acadian Peninsula Community Foundation would like to thank all those crews from New Brunswick, Quebec, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, Maine, members from the Canadian Forces, and others who joined together to support the community. These men and women are working long hours packed with hard work and we appreciate their efforts.

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