Fort McMurray is a great city and will continue to be a great city.
As devastating wildfires continue to rage in the City of Fort McMurray and surrounding areas, Canadians are rallying to support their fellow citizens.
If you are in a position to help or need assistance, please consider the resources below.
- Donate to the Red Cross: The Red Cross is accepting financial donations in order to provide emergency assistance services such as food, clothing, and shelter.
- YMMHelps is a great, new resource to assist those affected by the Fort McMurray wildfires. It's an off-shoot of the Fort McMurray Evacuee Open Source Help Facebook page connecting evacuees with residents who have resources available to help and is endorsed by the Alberta Emergency Management Agency (AEMA) and the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers (CAPP).
- Here is how you can help or get help: this website is conglomerating information on how you can help individuals in Fort McMurray and how you can request help.
- The Alberta Emergency Alert page: This is the Government of Alberta’s website that will give up to date information on the wildfire. They also have an app.
Twitter is also another good source of information, with the most common hashtags used being: #ymmfire, #ymmhelps, #ymm, #ABfire and #ABemerg. You can also follow @AB_EmergAlert and the R.M. of Wood Buffalo (@RMWoodBuffalo) for more information.
Also, families and individuals who have been evacuated can call the Red Cross Family Reunification line at 1-888-350-6070 with inquiries or to register. Registering helps reconnect family members and enables response agencies to mobilize resources.
If you are in need of community or social services, call 211 to speak to an information or referral specialist. Resources are also available at www.ab.211.ca.
Our thoughts are with everyone affected by this tragic event.
Please stay safe and support each other.