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What Calgary is doing to help Fort McMurray and what you can do

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We all have the people of Fort McMurray and Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo on our minds this week. We know that as Calgarians, we recognize the importance of supporting our fellow Albertans in the face of disaster. It comes as no surprise that many citizens are looking for ways to help.

The City of Calgary has been extremely busy assisting in the response to this unprecedented disaster. Approximately 88,000 individuals from 24 communities have been evacuated as result of a wildfire that has destroyed roughly 1,600 structures and covered over 85,000 hectares of land. At the request of the Province, the Calgary Emergency Management Agency (CEMA) has deployed Canada Task Force 2 (CEMA’s disaster response team), 29 Calgary Fire Department firefighters, support staff and various fire apparatus.

We have established a reception centre for evacuees at SAIT and will open additional spaces if required. While we are happy to hear that Calgarians and many local organizations and community groups are organizing their own donation and fundraising drives, please note that our reception and lodging centres are for evacuees only and not a drop-off point for donations. The reception centres are fully staffed by professionals who can assess and respond to any needs, including those for food, clothing, and health services. At this time volunteers are not required.

We remind citizens the Canadian Red Cross is the preferred method for citizens to contribute monetary donations. Please note both the Government of Alberta and the Government of Canada are matching donations to the Red Cross, dollar for dollar. You can donate online, call 1-800-418-1111 or text REDCROSS to 30333 to make a $5 donation. The Red Cross is not set up to accept material or volunteer donations of any form at this time.

The City of Calgary has set up a dedicated web page – with information on our efforts to support residents of Fort McMurray and the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo. You can visit this page or follow us on our Twitter or Facebook channels for updates.

The City of Calgary appreciates the generosity of all Calgarians. We are proud of your willingness to help those affected by this wildfire. Thank you for demonstrating the true Calgary spirit.


This content represents the personal views and opinions of the Ward Councillor and should not be taken as a statement of policy of The City of Calgary. The inclusion of any external content does not imply endorsement by The City of Calgary.

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