Helping the residents of Fort McMurray

May 5, 2016
Massive wildfires continue to threaten Fort McMurray in northern Alberta. All of the city’s residents have been evacuated to nearby towns, many leaving their homes and all their belongings behind.

The fire has engulfed parts of the city, damaging more than 1,600 buildings, most of them homes. More than 88,000 people have been evacuated so far and left with nothing but the clothes on their backs.

While the province has declared a state of emergency and the federal government has pledged to do what it can to help, the residents of Fort McMurray and surrounding towns are in dire straits.

Wildfires continue to threaten Fort McMurray neighbourhoods. Flickr photo by Premier of Alberta

Here’s how you can help:

  • Donations: Click here to donate to the Red Cross. You can also donate $5 by texting “REDCROSS” to 30333. The Alberta and federal governments have said they’ll match private donations to the Red Cross.
  • Supplies: Here’s a crowdsourced Facebook page to connect Fort McMurray residents with volunteers who will provide necessities.
  • Shelter: Airbnb has waived it service fees for those affected by the disaster. Click here to offer or seek accommodation.
  • Volunteers: Those interested in volunteering through the regional municipality can apply here.

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