Samaritan’s Purse is sending a disaster relief unit to Abbotsford to help in flood-recovery efforts. (Photo: Samaritan’s Purse)

Samaritan’s Purse is sending a disaster relief unit to Abbotsford to help in flood-recovery efforts. (Photo: Samaritan’s Purse)

Samaritan’s Purse sending disaster relief unit to Abbotsford

Specially equipped tractor-trailer to help with flood recovery

Even as Samaritan’s Purse continues to help operate the evacuation shelter at Tradex, the organization is transporting equipment and staff to Abbotsford to help residents with flooded homes.

A specially equipped Disaster Relief Unit (DRU) is on its way to Abbotsford and, once it arrives, Samaritan’s Purse will recruit and equip volunteers to clean damaged homes.

DRUs are tractor-trailers outfitted with disaster-recovery equipment including generators, pumps, hand tools, and safety gear for volunteers.

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They also serve as volunteer coordination centres and are equipped with a self-contained office, communications system, and other supplies.

The DRU will be based at Northview Community Church, 32040 Downes Rd. Anyone needing assistance can call 1-833-738-7743.

Anyone who wants to volunteer with Samaritan’s Purse in Abbotsford should visit SamaritansPurse.ca/BCvolunteer.

“We’ve had a lot of people eager to help, but not sure how,” said Jonathan Giesbrecht, executive pastor at Northview Community Church. “Disaster relief is what Samaritan’s Purse does, so this is a partnership made in heaven.”

Volunteers will receive an on-site orientation, and will serve with an experienced site leadership team.

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