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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.

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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:

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Help Services

  • 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.

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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.

Evacuees should contact Red Cross at 1-888-350-6070 to register their location. It’s important to register to ensure officials know how to reach you and to verify you got out safely.