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Last year the Red Cross assisted over 57,000 of Canadians who experienced disasters, responded to 12 large-scale disaster and emergencies in Canada, and operated 10 recovery operations. In the spring of 2018, flooding in New Brunswick and Grand Forks, British Columbia greatly impacted households and small businesses in both areas. The Canadian Red Cross supported with immediate assistance to ensure those impacted had a place to stay while the waters receded, including financial assistance to repair their homes. Wildfires in British Columbia's Northwest region burned the largest area on record, and caused road closures and heavy smoke, as well as destroyed several homes in the community of Telegraph Creek. The Red Cross continues to work with these households as they rebuild their homes. In September, a series of tornadoes touched in the Ottawa-Gatineau area, and the Red Cross was there to provide support while many could not return home for several weeks and months afterwards. Finally, 2018 saw a wave of asylum seekers across the country, to whom the Red Cross provided care and assistance to these individuals in several locations. Internationally, following Cyclone Idai near the end of the fiscal , the CRC deployed its Emergency Response Unit (ERU) field hospital and cholera treatment centre to Mozambique and provided support for a public health ERU in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Political Activities Description Political Activities Description Dissemination of and advocacy related to international humanitarian law through conferences, publications, and panels; Advocacy regarding first aid certification (and related regulations, policy and law) and pool safety.