The Canadian Red Cross arrived in Iqaluit on May 14 to help support workplaces, as requested by the City of Iqaluit’s Virtual Emergency Operations Centre during the state of local emergency.

Before arriving in the city, the Red Cross conducted virtual assessments at essential workplaces, making recommendations on how to make facilities safer, including suggestions on improved personal protective equipment use, appropriate cleaning products and proper physical distancing measures.

“On behalf of the City of Iqaluit and our partners, including members of the Coordinated Community Response Committee and our chief public health officer, I would like to extend our gratitude to the Canadian Red Cross for their assistance during this difficult time,” said Iqaluit Mayor Kenny Bell.

Among the identified Red Cross action items was providing relief workers for the Uquutaq Men’s Shelter as well as site assessments.

The Red Cross team in Iqaluit consists of four people.

“Our vital community organizations have faced staff shortages during the state of emergency, pushing them to the brink of shutting their doors on those who do not have a safe place to go,” said Bell.

The Red Cross is also organizing first aid sessions as well as providing health and wellness support services to local organizations.

Virtual site assessements and additional supports through the Red Cross will continue following their departure.

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