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Paul W. J. Irwin
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Username: Pirwin

Post Number: 91
Registered: 02-2003
Posted on Tuesday, July 27, 2004 - 06:24 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post Print Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

On the night of Wednesday the 14th of June, and into the morning hours of Thursday the 15th, the City of Peterborough and the surrounding area received a large amount of rainfall. Some 20 cm or 7.8 inches of rain fell in a very few hours. It resulted in flooding that turned streets into rivers and severely damaged homes and businesses. It also damaged roads, sewer and drainage systems, and other infrastructure. Many community residents have been left without safe homes. Damaged homes and businesses have simply become too hazardous to the health of their residents.

Effected residents are being offered shelter by the Social Services Department of the local government. Volunteers, including those from SJA, are giving their services to support the community in its time of need within the emergency shelter. SJA has a couple of Members available to meet the Patient Care Services related needs of these community members during, what are now, the day and evening hours, and the related support services. The requirement for these services will continue for another week or two.

Further information updates will be posted here for your information during the time these community services are being rendered and concluded.

"BE GOOD ALL DAY"
Paul W. J. Irwin
Assistant Provincial Emergency Management Coordinator
St. John Ambulance
Council for Ontario
email: PIrwin@on.sja.ca
My web card: www.ureach.com/pwjirwin
In an Emergency, call the Provincial Emergency Response Services Pager
at 1 888 249 8531
http://stjohnonline.ca
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Paul W. J. Irwin
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Username: Pirwin

Post Number: 92
Registered: 02-2003
Posted on Wednesday, July 28, 2004 - 01:53 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post Print Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Members are continuing to assist the community of Peterborough. The duties, and their related coordination, remain generally unchanged from that noted above.

"BE GOOD ALL DAY"
Paul
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Paul W. J. Irwin
Senior Member
Username: Pirwin

Post Number: 94
Registered: 02-2003
Posted on Sunday, August 08, 2004 - 11:38 am:   Edit Post Delete Post Print Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Attention Members.

The following information is not intended as a Provincial or Local Emergency Call out. It is provided for information purposes only. It is an official release of information from the Emergency Response Services Office, and the Provincial Emergency Management Coordinator. Please direct any inquiries appropriately.

Information Release Follows:

Effected residents continue to be offered shelter by the Social Services Department of the Peterborough city government. Volunteers, including those from SJA, are also continuing to give their services to support the community in its continued time of need within the emergency shelter. The volunteer functions remain unchanged. The requirement for these services may continue until the end of August.

The Members in charge are maintaining a schedule of Members volunteering their time, and have posted it online at this link, http://home.cogeco.ca/~andydobie/shelter.html . As with all coordinated efforts, the appropriate protocols and chain of communications applies to these continued efforts.

Members who consider volunteering should consider the distance and time travel requirements. A drive of an hour or two is considered reasonable, as may be a short train or bus ride. Such distances travelled by Members may lend to the consideration of staying in Peterborough for more than just one day, volunteering, and enjoying the wealth of local tourism, that is very much open for business.

"BE GOOD ALL DAY"
Paul W. J. Irwin
Assistant Provincial Emergency Management Coordinator
St. John Ambulance
Council for Ontario
email: PIrwin@on.sja.ca
My web card: www.ureach.com/pwjirwin
In an Emergency, call the Provincial Emergency Response Services Pager
at 1 888 249 8531
http://stjohnonline.ca
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Paul W. J. Irwin
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Username: Pirwin

Post Number: 97
Registered: 02-2003
Posted on Tuesday, August 10, 2004 - 10:17 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post Print Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Efforts continue regarding this event until August 31st, unless otherwise advised.

Please see the previously noted information in this thread for your reference.

"BE GOOD ALL DAY"
Paul W. J. Irwin
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Paul W. J. Irwin
Senior Member
Username: Pirwin

Post Number: 98
Registered: 02-2003
Posted on Monday, August 23, 2004 - 05:30 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post Print Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Attention to all Members.

Effective this date, Monday 2004 08 23, at 2300 hours, the Emergency Shelter and all related volunteer services in Peterborough will come to a close.

The many thousands of hours of service by SJA Members and our community partner agencies are a clear indication of the incredible spirit and dedication of volunteers that exists in the organizations and community. My words can not say enough to thank all of those involved.

My sincere thanks to Susan P. Sweet, Divisional Superintendent of Peterborough d0053, and her staff for coordinating efforts on behalf of SJA.

Susan has also extended her thanks to all Members in the following words:
"Thank you to everyone who has contributed to our efforts. It has been a
long haul over the past 32 days of manning the command post at the
shelter. We could not have provided our community this service without
the support of all who have helped out. Your support has been very
valuable and most appreciated."

All Members who had confirmed volunteering their time beyond tonight's closure is requested to confirm the cancellation of the duty hours with Susan as soon as possible.

Once official documentation has been completed, plans to recognize those involved is hoped to proceed without delay.

"BE GOOD ALL DAY"
Paul W. J. Irwin
Assistant Provincial Emergency Management Coordinator
St. John Ambulance
Council for Ontario
email: PIrwin@on.sja.ca
My web card: www.ureach.com/pwjirwin
In an Emergency, call the Provincial Emergency Response Services Pager
at 1 888 249 8531
http://stjohnonline.ca

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