Fort McMurray Wildfire – How you Can Help

13173857_10153639284486134_4652357840086057503_nMassive wildfires have triggered the largest fire-related evacuation in Alberta history with over 70,000 people have been forced to leave their homes in more than 12 northern communities, including Fort McMurray. Many homes have already been lost, and ash has been left. The fires continue and Urgent emergency services are required to support individuals and families. Below from the Edmonton Journal are the ways you can help. Updates and photos will be posted on or facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/vandalamagazine/

A reception centre for evacuees has been set up at the Northlands Expo Centre. There is space for up to 1,300 people and Edmonton’s Emergency Support Response Team, Red Cross and medical staff are at hand to help evacuees, who will have access to cots, washrooms, food and beverages. The Edmonton Humane Society  is also at hand to help evacuees with pets.

• The Canadian Red Cross is taking donations from individuals and organizations here. People can call the Red Cross at 1-888-350-6070 for family reunification.

• The Edmonton Emergency Relief Services is coordinating donation efforts in Edmonton and is specifically requesting donations of diapers, baby wipes, new toiletries such as soap and shampoo and new socks an underwear. Items should not be taken to the Expo Centre, but to the Emergency Relief Services warehouse, downtown at 10255 104th St. The not-for-profit is also looking for volunteers. To register, call 780-428-4422.

• Fountain Tire at 8550 Yellowhead Trail is offering to repair tires damaged in the Fort McMurray evacuation free of charge.

• The Bank of Montreal has instituted a relief program to assist customers affected by the wildfire, which includes various options on deferral of personal loan payments and personal mortgage loan principal and interest payments.

• Edmonton’s Food Bank is providing food resources to evacuees. Donations of food may be left at any major grocery store or fire hall. Monetary donations to the Fort McMurray Dire Evacuee support can be made online here.

• The supporters of Alberta Animal Rescues has set up a list of rescues and kennels who have stepped up to help those with pets affected by the fire in Fort McMurray.

• An open-source Facebook page has been set up to help evacuees with information and resources. People have been using the page to assist evacuees with any items and shelter they might be able to offer.

• Civeo is making spaces available at its lodges both north and south of Fort McMurray. North of Fort McMurray, Civeo has rooms available at its largest facility, Wapasu Lodge and recommends that people consider this Civeo location first.  If the need dictates, Civeo is ready to open its Henday Lodge.  South of Fort McMurray, Civeo has limited rooms available at two of its lodges at Marianna and Conklin. Last night, Civeo accommodated approximately 3,000 Fort McMurray residents including children and pets at its facilities providing rooms, bottled water and food.  Civeo’s Athabasca, Beaver River and McClelland Lake lodges are full.  The list of lodge locations:http://civeo.com/lodges-villages/canada/

• Evacuated families who have children with medical needs can contact Ronald McDonald House Northern Alberta at 780-439-5437 for help arranging housing and care.

• Children’s Autism Services of Edmonton is offering respite care and a supervised safe play space at the Maier Centre at 17451 103 Ave. for autistic children and children with other special needs while parents plan their next steps. Call 780-495-9235 and ask for Kelsey Penney.

• The Guru Nanak Sikh Society has compiled a list of more than two dozen spare bedrooms, basement suites and motel rooms available free of charge for Fort McMurray evacuees offered by members of their congregation. Those with room available or evacuees in need of a place to stay in Edmonton can call Arundeep Sandhu at 780-935-2786.

• Class A Property Group has warehouse space available in the Harvest Industrial Park in Leduc. Fort McMurray evacuees can contact the Lizotte and Associates Real Estate office at 780-488-0888 or contact Casey Bond on her cell phone at 780-221-6418 for free storage.

• Kinnikinnick Fresh at 10940 120 St. is offering $50 vouchers for gluten-free food to Fort McMurray evacuees with celiac disease.

• An Edmontonian has created a website where locals can register space available to house Fort McMurray evacuees and where evacuees needing a place to stay can register for help. Go towww.ymmfire.ca

• Champion Pet Foods at 11403 186 St. is offering free cat and dog food for Fort McMurray evacuees.

• The Edmonton Economic Development Corporation is tweeting information about Edmonton hotels offering a compassion rate for Fort McMurray evacuees. Follow their tweets @EEDC

• The U-Haul Company of Northern Alberta, Saskatchewan, the Northwest Territories and Edmonton are all offering 30 days of free self-storage and U-Box container use for people evacuated by wildfires who need to store personal items. Contact a local U-Haul branch for information.

• StorageMart is donating a free month of storage in Edmonton for evacuees. Call 877-786-7243 for information.

• The Pint Public House Edmonton locations at 10125 109 St. and 8032 104 St. are offering a free meal for evacuees. Bring proof of address to either location between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. or between 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. this week for a free meal off their menu.

• Earls Kitchen + Bar is offering a free sandwich and drink at their Edmonton locations for evacuees who bring a government issued ID with a current Fort McMurray address.

• The Al Rashid Mosque is opening their doors for evacuees in need of a place to stay at 13070 113 St. Please contact them at 780-451-6694 for information.

• Boyle Street Community Services at 10116 105 Avenue and The Mustard Seed Society, with locations at 10635 96 St. and 10568 114 St., is offering counselling, clothing and hot meals to fire evacuees.

• 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 at 10611 101 St. Call 780-757-1030 or your local location for information.

• Inclusion Alberta is offering help for persons with developmental disabilities displaced by fires in northern Alberta offering support and accommodation. Contact them by calling 780-451-3055 ext. 400.

• The Fraser Community League at 14720 21 St. is offering itself as a well-stocked relief centre for evacuees entering Edmonton from the northeast. Fort McMurray evacuees are invited to stop in for food, supplies and first aid while community league members are opening up their homes for showers.

• The Telus World of Science at 11211 142 Street is offering free admission for evacuee families until May 11.

• Urban Vision and Optometrists at 15957 97 St. is offering a free pair of prescription glasses to evacuees who either lost or damaged theirs. Call 780-760-1268 for more information.

• Allstars Playland at 9510 12 Ave. is offering free admission to wildfire evacuee families until Sunday.

• Albert’s Family Restaurants in Edmonton are offering free pancakes and bacon for evacuees from 9 a.m. to noon on Thursday.

• Padmanadi Vegetarian Restaurant at 10740 101 St. is offering free meals for evacuees who arrive with a piece of ID showing their address.

• Central Social Hall at 10909 Jasper Avenue is offering a complimentary single menu item for displaced Fort McMurray residents through Sunday with proof of address.

• The Edmonton Chamber of Commerce is offering complimentary office space to businesses displaced by wildfires in the Wood Buffalo region at their World Trade Centre Edmonton building at 9990 Jasper Avenue. To book space, email reception@edmontonchamber.com or call 780-426-4620.

• Airbnb has activated their Disaster Response Tool, waiving all fees so those with residences available to evacuees can post their listing for free. Hosts offering their spaces through Airbnb will still have the protections guaranteed by the service for regular short-term vacation rentals.

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