Siksika storm victims seek aid 0
Adam Bowen Multimedia Journalist Many residents on the Siksika Nation near Cluny are displaced from their homes due to severe damage from a storm on Tuesday, August 14. Donations will be accepted on behalf of the victims by The Disaster Services Committee in coordination with Siksika Family Services Department, White Buffalo/FCSS.
Citizens of the Siksika Nation are asking the general public for donations as a result of significant damage sustained to homes from a summer storm that saw hail and winds effectively leave many families with nothing.
A number of families were forced to vacate their homes after a storm on Tuesday, Aug. 14 due to damage caused by hail and winds that exceeded 100 kilometres an hour. Many homes sustained such severe structural damage that families will not be able to return until all of the damage has been repaired.
"We're asking for household items for disaster victims who were forced to leave their houses," said Wesley Water Chief, public relations officer for the Siksika Nation.
"Until their houses are repaired they are given alternative accommodations but when they get back to their homes their stuff will be ruined."
"Any financial contribution will go to victims day to day needs as well as furniture and other things to replace damaged goods."
Some families will essentially be completely starting over and so any donation will go a long way. Toiletries, kitchen and household items as well as furniture will be graciously accepted and distributed to those families in need.
The Disaster Services Committee in coordination with Siksika Family Services Department, White Buffalo/FCSS will be accepting any financial or material donations for the displaced families.
Fire Chief Tom Littlechild and his crew will also be accepting donations at the Siksika Fire Hall during all regular business hours. For more information contact the fire hall at 403-734-3999.