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.
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
The City of Calgary has set up a dedicated web page – calgary.ca/fortmcmurray 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
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.
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