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The #ymmfire in Fort McMurray, Alberta, Canada has caused the evacuation of an estimated 88,000 persons in the area. The government and community have been actively using social media to set up various types of resources and identify needs. This report is a collection of some of those resources that may be useful for people impacted by the fire.
Background: The #ymmfire in Fort McMurray, Alberta, Canada has caused the evacuation of an estimated 88,000 persons in the area (source). A provincial state of emergency has been declared for Alberta (source). As of May 5, 8:30am MT, the fire has grown to roughly 85,000 hectares (over 210,000 acres) (source). As of May 4, a total of 1,600 homes have been destroyed (source). The government and community have been actively using social media to set up various types of resources and identify needs. This report is a collection of some of those resources that may be useful for people impacted by the fire.
Alberta Premier Rachel Notley Update as of May 6 1:00pm Link
The fire continues to burn out of control. Today the fire covers over 101,000 hectares. More than 1,200 firefighters, approximately 110 helicopters, 295 pieces of heavy equipment and more than 27 air tankers are fighting the fires across the province. Fort McMurray, Anzac, Gregoire Lake Estates and Fort McMurray First Nation remain under a mandatory evacuation order. There are currently 10 reception centres operating within the province.
Kinnikinnick Foods at 10940-120 St in Edmonton can help evacuees needing gluten free food. source
Halal meals available in Lac La Biche at McArthur Place. source
Garneau Pharmacy can help evacuees who left prescriptions at home. Call 780-705-7755. source
London Drugs is offering emergency pharmacy services and charging stations for evacuees. For emergency prescriptions, call 1-844-782-0051. source
Assistance for People with Disabilities:
Persons with developmental disabilities, their families or contracted service providers who need assistance can contact the Persons with Developmental Disabilities Program Branch at 780-427-1177 ext #3 or Disability Services at 780-415-2466 or visit Persons with Developmental Disabilities.
Residents receiving benefits from the Assured Income for the Severely Handicapped (AISH) program by cheque rather than electronic deposit are advised to call the Athabasca AISH office at 780-675-6853 during regular office hours or visit Assured Income for the Severely Handicapped (AISH).
Alberta’s 24-hour Mental Health Help Line: 1-877-303-2642
Cancer patients: contact AB Cancer at 1-888-432-8865