On October 3, After the Storm partners held their first meeting to discuss the ongoing and long-term needs in Ottawa neighbourhoods hit hardest by the tornadoes. At the meeting, the needs identified in the near and long-term include:
- Families, children and individuals who experienced this crisis may need access to mental health supports and crisis counselling.
- Residents have experienced damage from the storm and may need information and referral supports for insurance and basic needs.
- Many residents have lost all of their food to feed their families.
- Seniors may need outreach support to address issues that they are facing related to the storm.
- Residents are living in precarious housing situations with instability for the future due to being displaced by the storm.
Partners at the response table include United Way Ottawa, City of Ottawa and councillors Eli El-Chantiry and Keith Egli, The Salvation Army, Canadian Red Cross, Ottawa Food Bank, Ottawa Community Foundation, Ottawa Senators Foundation, Ottawa Community Housing and Ottawa Community Housing Foundation, Champlain Community Support Network, United Muslims Organizations – Ottawa Gatineau, and West Carleton Disaster Assistance Group. Each organization’s individual efforts complement each other in ensuring tornado relief resources are invested where they are needed most and where they will have the greatest impact – now and in the long-term.