Cornwall, May 6, 2013 - Champlain CCAC staff are supporting the emergency relief effort in Cornwall following the evacuation of Kashechewan First Nation residents affected by the flooding in James Bay. Evacuees began arriving yesterday afternoon – May 5. Champlain CCAC is onsite assessing the needs of evacuees and connecting them with the appropriate health services and supports.
Yesterday 187 evacuees arrived – approximately six additional flights are scheduled to land this afternoon. Champlain CCAC care coordinators will be onsite working with Cornwall Community Social Services and other partners to support the evacuees as they arrive.
"Many of the evacuees have diabetes and don’t have their medication," says Mehran Faridani, Manager of Care Coordination. "We are working closely with the Red Cross, Eastern Ontario Health Unit, Cornwall Social Services and others to ensure the evacuees get the care they need." Faridani notes a range of services being provided to the evacuees including working with pharmacists, finding wheelchairs and other supplies, and referring acute cases to hospital.
The evacuees are being housed at the NAV Centre in Cornwall and are registered as they arrive. In addition to health professional staff, there are Aboriginal Liaison Officers to support the evacuees.
"As connectors of care, Champlain CCAC is well positioned to respond during this crisis – and ensure the residents of Kashechewan First Nation receive the care they need," says Gilles Lanteigne, CEO at Champlain CCAC.
Mr. Lanteigne adds that Champlain CCAC will continue to be part of the ongoing effort and daily emergency briefings.