Volunteers needed in anticipation of weekend flooding

OTTAWA – Volunteers are being recruited to help fill sandbags in preparation for the weekend’s expected flood concerns.

The City of Ottawa has started a daily call-out for volunteers to help with flood preparation efforts.

“The number one priority this weekend is filling sandbags,” the city released in a statement today (April 19). “Interested volunteers are asked to monitor the city’s social media channels and website after 5 p.m. daily to receive the following instructions:

  • where volunteers are needed the following day
  • what time volunteers should arrive
  • specific instructions or information

 The call for volunteers will be distributed on the following channels:

  • Twitter: @ottawacity
  • Facebook: @CityofOttawa
  • Website: ottawa.ca

 Any changes to the daily request will be updated through the same channels.

Volunteers are asked to check-in today (April 19) from noon to 4 p.m., Saturday, Sunday and Monday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Volunteers can come to the NorthWind Wireless Fibe Centre (Constance and Buckham’s Bay community centre, 262 Len Purcell Dr.)

  • Volunteers are asked not to bring their own equipment, except for the following:
  • weather-appropriate clothing that may get dirty, wet, or damaged
  • work gloves if you have them, otherwise they can be provided
  • close-toed footwear (ideally steel-toed boots)
  • water and snacks. Lunch will be provided.

When you arrive to volunteer, please present yourself to the volunteer registration desk. You will be required to complete an Emergency Support Volunteer Registration and Liability Waiver. You will be required to wear an armband or other identification provided for you

Volunteers must be at least 12 years of age. Volunteers under 18 years must be supervised by an adult or legal guardian.