Ward 9 Update
The recovery efforts in Ward 9 continue. The command centre at Woodvale Pentecostal Church remains in operation.
Yesterday, several community representatives met with the Mayor, Mr. Allen, President from the United Way and myself. There is a coordinated community effort to assist in the longer-term community restoration. Issues related to housing and mental wellness have been identified as priorities.
Residents who need help removing debris on their property following the tornadoes should first contact their private insurance company.
Some properties built before 1980 may contain asbestos. Please contact your insurance provider for direction. Information on asbestos is available at ottawapublichealth.ca/tornado.
If residents require assistance beyond what their insurance is able to provide, they may be eligible to recoup costs through the Disaster Recovery Assistance for Ontarians program.
The Province of Ontario has also provided $1.7 million in funding to the City of Ottawa. These funds support the clean-up efforts on roadways, sidewalks and in parks in the affected neighbourhoods. Funds also support the skilled volunteers available to work on private property through the Non-Governmental Organization Alliance. Residents who have tree and brush removal needs that are not covered by their private insurance or Disaster Recovery Assistance for Ontarians may receive assistance through the Non-Governmental Organization Alliance. The Non-Governmental Organization Alliance volunteers are insured and have the ability to work on private properties. To request assistance, residents can call 1-844-547-2663. Residents should register as soon as possible for assistance. The availability of the Non-Governmental Organization Alliance is limited and provided on a first come-first served basis.
Please contact the Ottawa Food Bank at 613-745-7001 or FAMSAC at 613-820-5428 for any food needs following the storm.
The Red Cross is in the process of reaching out to registered individuals who are in need. We are encouraging anyone impacted by the tornadoes to register with the Red Cross if they haven’t done so already. Individuals can register by calling 1-800-863-6582. More information on this assistance and the recovery support can be found in their news release.