If you had friends or family trying to flee fires in Fort McMurray last Summer, you know how scary it can be, not knowing if they are okay or trying to get help for them. That’s the situation many are in right now with the devastating flooding in Texas. A Woman in Arlington, Texas was trying to reach out for emergency help for her daughter and grandchildren, who were stuck in Beaumont Texas, battling dangerous flooding. Instead, she was connected to Shiva Shunmugam, the communications coordinator in Beaumont Alberta! While monitoring the city’s fire hall page, he noticed something unusual “a request by a citizen, this person is mentioning a neighbourhood and something about flooding.” says Shiva. “I contacted her, taking it as a distress call because that might have been the only communication tool that she had available,” then he was able to contact emergency services in Beaumont, Texas for her.
Not only did Shiva contact emergency services in Beaumont, Texas but he was able to get the woman’s daughters information and connect with her. “She said they had no food, they had unplugged all their appliances and they were having sanitation issues.” He’s kept in touch with the Beaumont, Texas emergency services department on behalf of the woman, who is still battling the flood. “I definitely want to know… that they’re safe. It’s the Canadian way.”
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