UPDATE - Published Oct. 1, 2018
On September 21, 2018, an EF2 tornado hit the Arlington Woods community, knocking down hundreds of massive pine trees and causing widespread structural and environmental damage. You can view drone footage of the damage here. Working with Samaritan's Purse and the City of Ottawa, teams of volunteers from our community and across Ottawa have been providing incredible clean-up assistance. This volunteer assistance will be required for many weeks ahead. Please carefully read the following:
1. LIKE US ON FACEBOOK: The best way to stay updated is to Like the TACA Facebook page to receive up-to-the-minute news and information related to the tornado relief effort.
2. HOW TO VOLUNTEER: Volunteers can continue to sign up with the City of Ottawa at Woodvale Pentecostal Church at 205 Greenbank Road, corner of Bateman Drive, starting at 8:30 am. Parking is available at Woodvale, but if you can take public transit or car pool, please do so. The entrance to the church is the main entrance on Bateman Drive. We are no longer operating out of Arlington Woods Methodist Church on McClellan. Please do not report there.
Upon arrival, NEW volunteers must sign a City of Ottawa waiver. Volunteers are asked to bring work gloves and safety boots / work shoes if you have them.
Ottawa Valley Search & Rescue (OVSAR) will coordinate volunteer activity on Sunday. Samaritan’s Purse is not operating Sunday, but they are still coordinating the collection of Work Orders from home owners for next week. To place a Work Order please call 1–844-547–2663. This is a free service.
Samaritan's Purse will resume work on Monday, October 1, 2018, dispatching teams out of Woodvale Pentecostal Church and continue their amazing work throughout the recovery effort. Samaritan's Purse is a faith-based humanitarian aid organization that provides aid to people in physical need as a key part of Christian missionary work. For more information: https://www.samaritanspurse.ca/what-is-samaritans-purse/
Volunteers between 12 and 17 require permission and direct supervision by a parent or legal guardian. For safety reasons, younger children (11 and under) are not permitted on site.
Even during this time of the year, ticks are still present and pose a risk to those participating in the #Ottstorm #Tornado clean-up. Stay healthy and safe as you participate in the clean-up. Health and safety tips here: http://ottawapublichealth.ca/tornado
3. RENTALS SUSPENDED DUE TO DAMAGE TO COMMUNITY CENTRE: The tornado damaged the Trend Arlington Community Centre. As such, all rentals are suspended until further notice.
4. CITY OF OTTAWA RESOURCES:
Checklist for Recovery from Tornado Damage: https://ottawa.ca/en/news/your-checklist-recovery-tornado-damage
Windstorm updates: https://ottawa.ca/en/news/update-windstorm-and-tornado-recovery-efforts-0
5. FOOD & SHELTER: Register using this Google Form
Now that the City of Ottawa has taken over clearing debris, Trend Arlington Commnity Association (TACA) can focus on other needs of our community, including assistance with FOOD & HOUSING.
Local resident Lisa Wright had the brilliant idea of making school lunches kids from displaced / affected families. She's already made a lot of lunches today! And FAMSAC Food Shelter has asked TACA to compile names of families who are in a food emergency situation.
There are also many families disaplaced from their homes, as well as families offering up their homes to help others.