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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.
- For evacuated residents:
- The Alberta government asks that you please email email@example.com with your name, location and confirmation of safety.
- If you’re looking for evacuated friends and family call the regional municipality at 780-762-3636 or the Red Cross at 1-888-350-6070. Facebook also activated it’s safety-check feature.
- There is also a Fort McMurray Evacuee Open Source Help Page on Facebook.
- 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
- The latest information (Update 8) from the Alberta Government is here.
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
- Canada Helps has site that lists the charities helping out and is divided into “emergency response” and “assisting in long term” recovery.
- Here is site that lists local charities and organizations that will be helpful in the long term.
May 17, 2016
- Consider donating to a local organization that is already in the community helping people, and will be there for long term recovery. Here are some local organizations that have existing relationships with the people who need help. Support Fort McMurray to rebuild their community using their own strengths from the inside!
- Funds used for supplies and directed towards the SPCA in Fort McMurray for when the rebuild and Edmonton for immediate re-housing of animals. AARCS (Alberta Animal Rescue Crew Society)
- Funds are used by first responders who may struggle with PTSD or other needs following the crisis. We will be in touch with their respective foundations and municipalities once the crisis is over. Fire Fighters Fund and EMS funds
- The funds will be used in areas of need as determined (including local businesses) by the Rotary Club. This will be administered by a local committee of Rotarians. Rotary Club of Fort McMurray
- Funds are being flowed through the Calgary and the Edmonton Food Banks. Funds will be used for families in need now as well as for rebuilding post crisis. Calgary Food Bank for Wood Buffalo/Fort McMurray
More updates will be posted as they come available.