Fort McMurray Wildfire: Resources for Evacuees and How You Can Help
That’s the amount of people who have been evacuated from their homes from Fort McMurray, Alberta. All evacuees are in need of serious help as most of them had to leave without being able to gather their belongings.
Accomodation for Evacuees
Here is a current list of some places that are available for Fort McMurray residents to stay in Edmonton and parts of Northern Alberta:
- Northlands Expo Centre in Edmonton
- Noralta Lodge
- Sunday Creek Lodge in Conklin, AB
- Ronald McDonald House Northern Alberta for families who have children with medical needs
- Facebook Support Groups for people trying to relocate or looking for information
- If you want to offer space to share or require somewhere to stay
- Help Services for those needing help and those wanting to help.
- Watch for the latest updates from Alberta Emergency Alert and the Region of Wood Buffalo.
- Edmonton Emergency Relief Services are collecting donations and are specifically looking for diapers, baby wipes, new toiletries, and new socks and underwear. Located downtown Edmonton downtown at 10255 104th St.
- Alberta Animal Rescues to help evacuees with pets and are all looking for donations.
- Mint Health + Drugs locations across Alberta are offering free emergency medicine for evacuees who left their medication behind. There are eight locations, including one in Edmonton.
- Mental health support is available by calling Alberta’s 24-hour Mental Health Help Line at 1-877-303-2642.
- Inclusion Alberta is offering help for persons with developmental disabilities displaced by fires in northern Alberta offering support and accommodation.
You can also do your part by helping those in need by donating to the Canadian Red Cross or simply text redcross to 30333 to donate $5 that will be added to your carrier phone bill. The government of Canada will match all donations to the Red Cross to assist people displaced by the wildfires in Fort McMurray, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced. The grocery store chain Sobeys, will also match 100% of customer cash donations made to the Canadian Red Cross at stores across the country. They will match donations made by customers up to $100,000 and provide $100,000 in supplies to families in need.