UPDATED: The Fort McMurray Wildfire: Key Information and Helpful Links


With the devastating news of the wildfires in the Fort McMurray area it’s common to want to help. That’s what Calgarians, Albertans, and Canadians do. We build, and rebuild, communities.

Here’s a quick list of important information.

  • Travel updates can be found at @511Alberta on Twitter.
  • Follow and use #ymmfire #ymmhelps @YMMHelp on Social Media.
  • Of course, resources are needed. Late on May 03, 2016 the Calgary Herald reported the following from the Red Cross.

“We have trained staff and volunteers that are ready to be deployed to support evacuees, and we have emergency resources that we can move — cots, blankets, personal-hygiene kits,” said Jenn McManus, the vice-president of the Canadian Red Cross in Alberta and the Northwest Territories.

“In-kind donations are very complex and very logistically challenging to operationalize, so, at this point, financial support is the best way to support from Calgary.”

  • Donate to the Red Cross:
    • Go online: Red Cross
    • By telephone: 1-800-418-1111
    • Via text message (standard rates apply): “REDCROSS” to 30333 to donate $5.00

May 08, 2016

May 09, 2016

  • Emergency Social Services Volunteers can apply to the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo. Check out the application process here.
  • There are various Calgary based efforts that you can check out via Facebook here (YYC Helps YMM), here (Calgary Welcomes Fort McMurray), and here (Help for Fort McMurray Pets in Calgary).

May 11, 2016

  • The Alberta Government emergency update website is here. It covers the following: Financial assistance, insurance and employment information; Information for evacuees; Education; Advisories and closures; Community support; Telephone town halls for evacuees; News conferences and releases; and Ask a question.

May 12, 2016

May 17, 2016

More updates will be posted as they come available.


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