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Update on wildfire evacuees in Red Deer

May 8, 2016 7:36 PM
(Red Deer, Alberta)

The City of Red Deer continues to support evacuees displaced by the wildfire in the Fort McMurray area.

We continue to work closely with the Provincial Operations Centre and Alberta Human Services to assess the needs of evacuees in Red Deer. It’s extremely important for evacuees to register with the Red Cross to help us understand the needs of evacuees in Red Deer. To register, please call 1-888-350-6070 or register online here.

We are working closely with area hotels to ensure evacuees in our city have accommodation, food and other support services including counselling. A list of hotels is available here. Evacuees are reminded to retain all receipts for future insurance and/or government reimbursement.

The City and City partners are also supporting evacuees in the following ways:

  • Free admission to City recreation facilities
  • Free rides on Red Deer Transit
  • Free camping at Lions Campground
  • Temporarily allowing evacuees to live in RVs and trailers on private property, city streets or driveways
  • Red Deer Public Library is offering free library cards and internet/wifi. They also offer a variety of free programming.
  • Free admission to Art-Making in May at the Red Deer Museum

Local schools in Red Deer will welcome students displaced by the wildfires. For more information visit Alberta Education.

There are also a number of provincial and local resources available to evacuees:

  • Alberta Government Emergency Updates – Includes the latest updates on the current situation, along with information for evacuees on everything ranging from financial and insurance information to social support services.
  • 211 Alberta – Links to social and community support services, along with specific resources for evacuees. Multi-lingual services offered.
  • Red Deer Food Bank, 7429 49 Avenue, 403-346-1505.
  • Salvation Army – Thrift stores in Alberta are giving out five sets of clothing to people displaced by the wildfires, and providing practical assistance such as food and hygiene kits. Red Deer Salvation Army thrift store: 2325 50 Avenue, 403-340-0625.

The outpouring of local support for evacuees has been overwhelming. Here’s how Red Deerians can help:

  • Donate to the Red Cross or one of the many other registered charities assisting in the relief efforts.
  • Organize or support a local initiative – Many local businesses and organizations are organizing events, donation drives and other activities. Volunteer Central is offering a free listing service for local initiatives. Follow The City on Facebook and Twitter for updates on local initiatives.
  • 211 Alberta is managing a list of local businesses who are offering discounts and special offers to evacuees. To be added to the list, please call 403-266-1601 or email database@ab.211.ca.
  • Salvation Army stores in Alberta, including Red Deer are accepting donations of clothes, blanets and linens.
  • 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 and underwear. They are also looking for volunteers. For more information, call 780-428-4422 or visit their  Facebook page

For more information, please visit http://reddeer.ca/whats-happening/response-to-fort-mcmurray-wildfires/

For more information, please contact:

Julia Harvie-Shemko
Director, Communications and Strategic Planning
The City of Red Deer
403-342-8147

Communications & Strategic Planning
The City of Red Deer
403-342-8147

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