Ottawa Flooding: The Right Effort of Generosity I cdrg+RedTeam

In the wake of widespread flooding, heavy rains and high water levels over 150 cities and communities have been affected by this historic flooding event. While floodwaters in Canada have now receded the financial and emotional fallout continues to make waves in hundreds of local communities from coast to coast.
One such small community west of Ottawa was particularly hit hard so when a local Ottawa Allstate Insurance broker and long-time partner of the cdrg+RedTeam reached out for help to assist his community, we got to work.

Generosity takes effort.

It requires the space to take your mind off your own problems long enough to see someone else’s.

It requires the confidence to share. And it requires the emotional labour of empathy.
Generosity begins by trusting ourselves enough to know that we’re not actually drowning.

Ottawa’s Constance Bay Area Community Damage Report
The number of homes damaged was staggering: 300+ residences. Since the main sandbagging efforts ended, the CBBCA has coordinated volunteer outreach teams to visit each home and collect data, and has established a logistics team to source equipment and supplies since the majority of these properties are not covered for overland flooding and are great risk of losing their homes. Angela and her team of more than 1,750 people have helped so many families.

Together with our valued and trusted anti-microbial product supplier Benefect we managed to join our efforts and coordinate a 7,000$ total value donation that included enough product to help properly mitigate every damaged property. With the generous donations proceeds, CBBCA purchased daily essentials and set up a FREE equipment exchange to help residents begin drying out their homes.

Rob Wesseling who is the president and CEO of The Co-operators, a national insurance company mentioned that: “In the past decade, insured losses from natural disasters, of which floods are the most common example, have more than doubled. In this new reality, our role as insurers continues to be put to the test and rightly so. Today, in the context of a rapidly changing climate, we have a much larger role to play. Insurers and all levels of government must do more to prepare Canadians for the new normal of risk in this country, while ensuring they are well-equipped to adapt to a changing climate. With respect to floods, the data points to an alarming trend: Costs now exceed a staggering average of $1-billion a year. Once-in-a-century floods are occurring with greater frequency and severity and current responses to this trend, by insurers and governments alike, are falling short.”

With over two decades in the field of property restoration, I can tell you that these so called historic flooding events are becoming all too familiar. We’ve reached a tipping point and this should be a ”Flood and Learn” wake-up call for the nation’s capital and it`s government
For now, the only focus is to come together, help homeowners get through this catastrophic event and design rebuild.

Simon Storm Frigon
Third Generation Design Rebuild Craftsman | CEO @ cdrg+RedTeam | Rebuilding Environments by Design #Rebuild4Life
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