Fort McMurray Disaster
Our thoughts are with everyone affected by the fire in Alberta. Below are are resources that may be of assistance to those affected and for those who want to help. This list will be updated as new information becomes available.
Dial 2-1-1 anytime, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. If calling from outside the 211 telephone service areas, dial either 780-482-4636 (Edmonton) or 403-264-3388 (Calgary)
Family reunification line (for Fort McMurray evacuees): 1-888-350-6070.
Donations: https://donate.redcross.ca/ea-action/action?ea.client.id=1951&ea.campaign.id=50610, call 1-800-418-1111 or text REDCROSS to 30333 to donate to donate $5 by phone.
The Alberta government said Wednesday it will match donations to the Red Cross.
The Wood Buffalo Food Bank is accepting donations through PayPal on its website and the Salvation Army is also collecting financial donations online.
Evacuated residents can email firstname.lastname@example.org with their name, location and confirmation of safety.
Facebook has a Fort McMurray Evacuee Open Source Help Page:
Airbnb has activated its Disaster Response Tool to help provide free shelter until May 21. Residents in nearby areas can list their properties on the website.
Those able to provide accommodations can also sign up on website YMMfire.ca.
The Fort McMurray SPCA is working to reunite displaced residents with pets they were forced to leave behind. They are accepting donations to help efforts.
The Edmonton Humane Society is preparing to accept animals left without owners, and provide temporary shelter to pets with owners who have left their homes.
Social media efforts:
Facebook group Fort Mac Fire Donations is crowdsourcing donations for items such as toiletries, socks and pillows, as needed.
On Twitter, people are offering help through hashtags such as #ymmfire and #ymmhelps
Alberta Government (updates) - www.alberta.ca/emergency.cfm
General Storm and Emergency Information:
For up-to-date storm information, you can visit the CBC storm centre at:
Please dial 211 to find information on non-profit, community or government programs, including food and shelter. We are available 24/7.
In the event of an emergency in Nova Scotia, please dial 911.
For professional health advice in Nova Scotia, please dial 811.
For road conditions in Nova Scotia, please dial 511.
For HRM municipal services (buses, garbage, etc.), please dial 311. (Halifax Regional Municipality only)
For information on preparing for an emergency, you can visit:
Nova Scotia Emergency Management Office (EMO) website at http://novascotia.ca/dma/EMO/
Canadian Red Cross (Nova Scotia) website at http://www.redcross.ca/where-we-work/in-canada/nova-scotia
Public Safety Canada website at http://www.getprepared.gc.ca/index-en.aspx
For power outages please visit Nova Scotia Power at https://www.nspower.ca/en/home/outage-centre/default.aspx
The Disabled Persons Commission has a booklet called Are You Ready? which can be found at www.disability.novascotia.ca/sites/default/files/Are%220You%20Ready%web.pdf
For information on preparing for a flood, you can visit:
Public Safety Canada website at http://www.getprepared.gc.ca/cnt/hzd/flds-en.aspx
Nova Scotia Emergency Management Office (EMO) website at http://novascotia.ca/just/EMO/prepare_for_an_emergency/risks/floods.asp
To find up-to-date emergency or storm information on Twitter:
@NSEMO, @canredcrossns, @nspowerinc (or search "NS Power Outages: and choose the Twitter handle that represents your area of NS), @RCMPNS @cbcstorm