Printable Evacuee Package: http://www.alberta.ca/documents/Wildfire-Evacuatio...
Evacuees should contact Red Cross at 1-888-350-6070 to register their location. It’s important to register to ensure officials know how to reach you and to verify you got out safely.
Fort McMurray workers who are eligible for EI, Govt of Canada will expedite your claim: http://www.esdc.gc.ca/en/ei/important_notice.page
May 11 Update - Emergency Financial Assistance - Debit Cards
$1,250 per adult and $500 per dependent in emergency financial assistance will be provided to people who have been displaced.
You will be able to obtain the cards starting today at 14:00 and as long as you are in line by 19:55 they will do their best to get you a debit card today. Line ups are expected. If you are able to wait a day or two, it will ensure that those that are in desperate need are able to get their cards first. Pick up points will be open from 08:00 to 20:00 for the next few days.
Alberta Government Resource Pick-up Locations:
In Lac La Biche evacuees can get their debit cards at the 'Penalty Box' in the upstairs of the BOLD Centre. Click for map.
Evacuees: Your insurance company may be able to provide some initial funds and support immediately. No matter when you contact them, keep all of your receipts while you are displaced as most costs will be reimbursable under your home insurance policy.
The Alberta Government provides alerts through apps and social media. Click here to get access so you have the latest official news.
If you're not in immediate danger, but require help, call 780-788-4000. If you are in immediate danger call 911.
Evacuating the Area
First off, stay calm. Roads are busy and smoky so don't make things worse. Watch for emergency crews. There are efforts to get gas to those that are stranded.
Where to go: North - there are still some spaces at camps north of the city. Will try to get an updated list. South - Northlands has opened their doors at the Edmonton Expo centre (Click for map). That's probably the best place to head at this time if you don't have relatives or friends to stay with. There are convoys leaving today, see the AB Gov link above to get details on joining a convoy group. Convoys expected into next week. The home page has additional offers of places to stay.
Alberta RV & Resort Magazine created a list of available campsites: http://www.rvandresort.com/ymm-fire/
Follow the Municipality of Wood Buffalo:
On Twitter: https://twitter.com/RMWoodBuffalo
On Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/rmwoodbuffalo
Shaw has opened their Shaw Go WiFi to all residents north of Edmonton - Internet is important right now! This includes the City of Edmonton. Connect using the "ShawGo" network. More info: https://community.shaw.ca/docs/DOC-7427
United States Citizens in or around Fort McMurray are advised to follow the directions of local authorities. If further assistance is required. please contact the US Consulate in Calgary: https://ca.usembassy.gov/embassy-consulates/calgar...
Other Info - Sorry for lots of overlap on offers and resources. So many places with info.
Yumi is an award winning stylist in my home neighbourhood offering free cuts for Fort McMurray residents. See contact details here: http://ritchiefourcorners.ca/directory/kk-shopping...
Relocation Help Group on FB: https://www.facebook.com/search/top/?q=fort mcmu...
Another site offering no fees for listing and finding accommodations: https://www.flockofhomes.com/
What you need to know about insurance - Good article from Gloabal News: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/saskatchewan/what-to...
If you left your ID behind, you can get it replaced for free at any registry according to Service Alberta.
There is a volunteer created assessment map based on recent sattellite imagery made available by Google. It is not 100% accurate nor definitive, but may help you see damaged areas: https://medium.com/@mcmurraymap/damage-assessment-...
A good thread on Reddit with additional accommodation resources, assistance, etc: https://www.reddit.com/r/canada/comments/4hs2p2/fo...
The Edmonton Chamber of Commerce has made some office space available for displaced businesses: http://www.edmontonchamber.com/news/news-releases/...
Sonic 102.9 has a list with some resources - food, tire repairs, places to stay, places to volunteer, etc: http://www.sonic1029.com/2016/05/04/fort-mcmurray-...
WEM attractions are free with proof of residency if you need to distract the kids on Thursday May 5: http://bit.ly/1rW9ChZ Completed.
Alberta Venture has a great collection of available deals from Alberta companies that evacuees can make use of: http://albertaventure.com/2016/05/fort-mcmurray-bu...
Helpful material from Edmonton 211: https://docs.google.com/
If you are near Whyte Ave in Edmonton, the Business Association is maintaining a list of offers to help those that are displaced: https://www.facebook.com/oldstrathcona/posts/10154...
East coast folks that lived in Fort McMurray and need assistance getting home may want to contact Canadian actor Jonathon Torrens on Twitter. He's offering to help with arrangements: https://twitter.com/TorrensJonathan/status/7285670... An amazing offer of help. (update: He's posted his email address: . Also, please only contact him if you really need the assistance.)
Another good list of resources: http://www.avenueedmonton.com/Fort-McMurray-Fire/
There is free admission at provincial parks and facilities for evacuees until September. (announced May 6, 15:15 Press Conference.)
May 7 & 8 - Kinsmen Pitch & Putt is offering FREE club rental and a round of fun for those displaced. Open at 9am with last tee off at 630pm. No tee times, everyone plays on a first come basis.
Alberta Health has launched a resource site to help displaced Albertans: http://www.albertahealthservices.ca/news/page13094...
Service Canada has a location open over the weekend in Edmonton (Hermitage): http://www.esdc.gc.ca/en/ei/important_notice.page
Laser City is offering some slots for free laser tag birthday partys with everything included (drinks, cake, palce settings, etc) for evacuees who may have seen their child's birthday plans disrupted: https://www.facebook.com/lasercityedmonton/posts/1...
Hastings Lake Hall has spaces for families: https://www.facebook.com/Hastings-Lake-Community-A... Evacuees ph Billy 780 860 1363. Hall in Strathcona county set up as an evac centre until June 1st, 9 RVs on site for sleeping (more avail if needed), shower trailer, mountains of food/clothes/toiletries/toys/
Leduc is helping to reduce the strain on EES: Evacuees needing, food, clothing, toiletries, pet supplies, water are invited to come to Solid Industrial Solutions at 7105-39 St Leduc. We are set, sorted and ready to assist you with providing the needed supplies.
Summit Kids in Calgary is offering free child care:
In an effort to support the families affected by the fires of Fort McMurray, Summit Kids will be offering
high quality, creative, and fun - before & after school programming, including extended day kindergarten, free of charge. This service is for Fort McMurray kids registering at University Elementary School. Effective immediately until June 28, the last day of school. We would like to extend an invitation to those families to visit our campus on the second floor of the school to register their children, as they are more than welcome to Summit Kids. Please contact Heather by phone at 403 477 5437 or email us at
Saturday Update For Evacuees with Pets in Edmonton: https://mailoutinteractive.com/Industry/View.aspx?...
For those with livestock, there is a thread on Reddit that can help: https://www.reddit.com/r/Edmonton/comments/4hsrdb/...
This site allows you to report any animals you may have left behind and on animals found in the area: https://fortmacanimalrescue.crowdmap.com/main?plat...
The Edmonton Humane Society (EHS) and the Animal Care & Control Centre - Edmonton (ACCC) are partnering to assist evacuees and their companion animals who have been displaced due to the Fort McMurray wildfires.
EHS is ready to accept displaced animals WITHOUT owners. Animals WITH owners should proceed to Northlands for temporary accommodation. Stray animals that come into our care will be housed indefinitely until they are reclaimed.
EHS has extended an offer of support to the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo at the ground level; a fleet of staff and volunteers are on standby to help transport and shelter animals if needed. EHS is also prepared to perform rescue operations for animals left behind in the evacuation.
EHS will accept any and all donations of food and supplies directly at the shelter, and will disperse donations as needed. If you have a pet currently missing in Fort McMurray, please call 780 762 3636.
List of Vets offering assistance (Sent to me in an email so not sure what the Yes/No's are)
Medical Care (Yes/No) Boarding (Yes/No)
Blue Cross Animal Hospital Edmonton 780-434-0025 Yes No
Calgary Trail Pet Hospital Edmonton 780-431-0140 Yes Food Drive
Capital City Animal Hospital Edmonton 780-433-9505 Yes Yes
Companion Veterinary Clinic Edmonton 780-439-4353 Yes No - But Food Drive
Crestwood Veterinary Centre Edmonton 780-444-7550 Yes Yes
Currents Vet Centre Edmonton 780-439-0126 Yes Yes
Delton Veterinary Hospital Edmonton 780-475-9225 Yes Yes
Edmonton South Animal Hospital Edmonton 780-989-5595 Yes Yes
Ellerslie Pet Hospital Edmonton 780-702-7738 Yes Yes
Glenora Cat Clinic Edmonton 780-453-6666 Yes - Cats Only Minimal - Cats
Greenbank Vet Services Edmonton 780-466-5655 Yes No
Guardian Veterinary Centre Edmonton 780-436-5880 Yes Yes
Hermitage Vet Hospital Edmonton 780-476-7558 Yes Yes
Lakeview Animal Hospital Edmonton 587-463-9002 Yes Yes
MacTaggart Vet Clinic Edmonton 780-756-8555 No Board for 4 Cats
Mayfield Veterinary Hospital Edmonton 780-451-3465 Yes No
Mercy Animal Hospital Edmonton 780-406-1400 Yes Yes
NAIT Edmonton 587-338-4439 No Yes
Northgate Veterinary Hospital Edmonton 780-474-0427 Yes Yes - Cats Only
Oxford Animal Hospital Edmonton 780-705-2131 Yes Minimal
River Valley Vet Wellness Clinic Edmonton 780-484-6672 Yes Minimal
Riverbend Veterinary Clinic Edmonton 780-437-0039 Yes Yes
Rosslyn Vet Clinic Edmonton 780-475-9912 Yes Minimal
Sifton Park Vet Clinic Edmonton 780-476-1875 Yes Yes
Terra Losa Animal Clinic Edmonton 780-484-1178 Yes Yes
Vet-Emerg-North Edmonton Edmonton 780-423-9111 Yes Yes
West Edmonton Animal Hospital Edmonton 780-489-3203 Yes Yes
Westside Animal Clinic Edmonton 780-481-4393 Yes Minimal
Windemere Vet Hospital Edmonton 780-757-5554 Yes Yes
Northlands will have some sustenance and the Edmonton Food Bank has announced they are prepared to support Edmontonians and evacuees. Click here for info.
The Pint with locations downtown and on Whyte Ave in Edmonton is offering free meals to Fort McMurray residents: More Here.
Earls has made a similar offer to the Pint and has a beverage and sandwich for any Fort McMurray resident with ID at any of their Edmonton locations.
O'Byrne's Pub on Whyte Ave is also offering meals and a pint with ID. Kid friendly until 8:00pm.
A list of available offers: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/u/1/d/1x5AXWF...
Mental Health Crisis Support
- Wild fires can cause anxiety & stress. @SOS_YMM out of service. Call 1 800 232-7288 #yeg distress line or 911 mental health crisis
- Cornerstone Counselling Centre in Edmonton is offering free counselling to evacuees from Fort McMurray until Saturday, May 14th, 2016. Cornerstone is a not-for-profit agency that provides faith-based and secular counselling services to individuals, families, couples, teens, and children.If there is anyone who might need to talk, Cornerstone is available.Web://www.cornerstonecounselling.com/Phone: 780.482.6215 ext. 0 Email:
- If can get to pharmacy, pharmacist can use NetCare to look up and replace previous medications.
- If can’t get to pharmacy, can speak with Red Cross at one of the evacuation sites, or call at 1-888-800-6493.
- Can always call PADIS to ask about medications, available 24/7. 1-800-332-1414
- If need to get in contact with someone in the care of Alberta Health Services that has been evacuated, call HealthLink at 811.
- Red Cross: 1-888-350-6070
If you need help with a resume to look for work in your new location, there's an offer on Twitter to help with that: https://twitter.com/WakeCreative/status/7286251837...
A kind offer of free commissioning/notarizing of documents for YMM residents: https://twitter.com/ThatLawyerGuy/status/728789959...
Mortgage list by Debbra Carlson
If you have a mortgage on a property in Fort McMurray, and you might need to arrange for a payment holiday or other help of any kind, call your mortgage lender - they are all expecting you to call. If you are unsure how to handle that call, just phone your Mortgage Broker (even if you did not have your mortgage arranged by a Broker you can still call one for advice). Here are the numbers for all the mortgage lenders/banks:
ATB Financial 1-800-332-8383
Bridgewater Bank 1-866-243-4301
B2B Bank 1-866-684-5637
CFF Bank 1-855-767-3031
CMLS Financial 1-888-995-2657
Equitable Bank 1-866-407-0004
First National Financial 1-866-557-5509
First Calgary 1.888.488.0794
Home Trust 1-855-270-3630
HomEquity Bank 1-866-522-2447
National Bank 1-800-361-9522
Optimum Mortgage 1-866-441-3775
PC Financial 1-888-723-8881
Street Capital Financial 1-877-416-7873
Radius Financial 1-866-550-8227
Royal Bank of Canada 1-800-769-2511
TD Canada Trust 1-866-222-3456
Jencor Mortgage -877-245-3636
This was emailed to me this evening and seems to have some good advice:Mandy Larsson to Fort Mcmurray evac relocation help group7 hrs ·
Dear evacuees. From my experience during the Slave Lake fires, I have some information. It may not pertain to everything you have gone through, or will go through, but it might help.
Don't believe everything you read or hear about everything being gone. Don't believe the media when they post photos and videos of total destruction. As that is unfortunately the case in some areas, it doesn't mean your home is gone. They were saying all of Slave Lake, Canyon Creek and surrounding areas were completely gone, during the fires; but in reality, 20% of Canyon Creek and Widewater were lost, and several blocks of homes were gone in Slave Lake. Not the entire city, as some people were reporting.
Be prepared to be gone 2 weeks, maybe more, probably not less. The will need to get the burned areas fenced off, gas lines capped, electric wires fixed, and water treatment running, all before they will let people back in. It's a big city, so this could take some time. It will also be very hot, and there were guns, or bullets I should say, erupting days after the fire stopped. So find a place you are comfortable staying for a while.
When you get home, your fridge and freezers will be garbage. They will probably give you duct tape to tape it closed and put it outside for collection. Hopefully nearby appliance locations are preparing to stock up, for the demand that will come. Don't open your fridge, unless you have a morbid desire to smell things that are rotten.
Keep every receipt you get from now on. Food, shelter, clothing, toiletries, gas, keep track of kms driven. Your insurance company should cover this, even if you haven't lost your home. It was a mandatory evacuation, which changes things.
When you get home, take photos of everything. You may need to wash everything fabric in your home (curtains, bedding, clothes in the closet, etc) as they will smell like smoke. Be prepared for that by not coming home late and hoping to sleep. You may not be able to.
If you need help coping with the devastation and fear and loss, seek help. Early.
Good luck to you all. Alberta, and all of Canada is already stepping up to find ways to help! And though it may not seem like it now, your city will flourish again.️
Edited to Add, thanks to Delaine Langer!
Your furnace and air ducts should be cleaned!
Sent by: Shannon Larkins at www.blackcoffeestudio.com:
Resources from the Fort McMurray Evac Relocation Help Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1616840568638530/p...
******EMERGENCY CREDIT CARDS - $1250 per adult, $500 for dependents ***Must register with Red Cross to be accounted for, expected to be distributed next week***
REGISTRIES: free replacement ID
BOARDWALK RENTAL PROPERTIES – waived damage deposit, first month rent free, no mandatory lease length, reduced rent after first month
All provincial attractions and museums - free admission
Carrie'l Salon - free haircuts/washes. Tues-fri 10am-5pm
Tilted kilt (Sherwood park) - free meal
Grande tire - free tire repairs and rotations
Elite taekwondo - free taekwondo and jujitsu classes
Reitmans/Penningtons/Addition Elle – 75% off (max $200)
Shoppers Drug Marts – free prescriptions, 20-25% off sundries
Carters (kids clothing) – 30% off
House of Tin Salon – Free haircut and scalp massage
Mr Barber – free mens cuts
Waterloo Ford Lincoln – 8am-2pm Monday-Saturday, free breakfast and lunch
Comic Strip (WEM) – 100 free tickets to shows today (Friday - &30pm & 9:45pm) and Sunday (7pm)
Red Robin – free meal with drink
Moshka Indian food - free meals******
- TELUS offering free calls and texting for mobile clients; offering free calls from TELUS pay phones in Wood Buffalo area
- Shaw opening their "ShawGo Wifi" hot spots in Edmonton area for free
***Evacuees in Edmonton*** below is a list of all services I could find being offered to you, including meals, accommodations, pet assistance, medication, prescription glasses! Please share! (will post again as I find more updates)
ETS – free transit between airport and Emergency Reception Services at Northlands
Northlands Expo Center – room for 1300 people; cots, medical staff, washrooms, food, beverage, humane society on hand
Tri-leisure Center (Spruce Grove) – clothing, personal items
Devonshire Property Management (3 apartment building locations) – reduced rent
All 41 Canalta-managed hotels – 50% discount
MacEwan University – campus residences available, register through Red Cross
Al Rashid Mosque 13070 113 St – accommodations
Boyle Street & Mustard Seed – counselling, clothing, hot meals
Ronald McDonald house – families with children with medical needs
Maier Centre (Children’s Autism Services) – accommodations
Comfort Inn and South Fort Inn (Fort Sask) – free accommodations
Lily Lake Village report (10 mins north of Bon Accord) – group camping available
Airbnb – offering space in their homes for free, or small charge
Reitmans – 10 items for 75% off
Fairweather/International Clotheir (WEM locations only) – 20% clothing
Bootlegger (emerald Hills in Sherwood Park) – 10 items for 75% off
Payless Shoesource 30% off
SweetLegs (St. Albert) - free pair of leggings
Boulevard Salon (Sherwood Park) – free hair wash and styles
Fountain Tire (8550 Yellowhead trail) – free tire repairs
7Eighty Automotive – vehicle repairs/maintenance assistance
Enoch Cree Nation – free tank of gas at station
U-haul 30 days free self-storage
Storage Mart – free month of storage
World Health – no drop in fees
GoodLife fitness – change room/shower facilities
All YMCA locations – free drop in and showers
All City of Edmonton attractions (zoo, muttart, rec centers) – free admission
WEM – free attractions admission
TELUS World of Science – free admission
Allstars Playland 9510 12 Ave – free admission
Mint health & Drugs (8 locations) – free emergency medicine
Terwillegar Pharmacy – free medications
Sleep F/X (St. Albert & Leduc) – free loans of CPAP units and accessories
Urban Vision (15957 97 St) – free pair prescription glasses
Edmonton Chamber of Commerce (9990 Jasper Ave) – free office space for businesses, 780-426-4620
Edmonton Public & Catholic Schools – offering classes to children Parkland and Blackgold: bring children to any school, and schools will accept them.
• 1stRND (both locations) – free meals for kids under 10
• Earls (780) 488-6582 11830 Jasper Ave./8629 112 St./ 4250 Calgary Trail / 13330 50 St./ 9961 170 St. / 1505 99 St. Anyone with a government-issued ID with a Fort McMurray address can get a free sandwich and drink from any Earls location in Edmonton.
• The Pint 780-497-7468/780-758-7400 10125 109 St./8032 104 St. Free meal for evacuees with proof of a Fort McMurray address; meals for individuals under legal drinking age can me wrapped up to go.
• Padmanadi Vegetarian Restaurant 780-428-8899 10740 101 St. Free lunch or dinner provided
• On the Rocks 780 482 4767 1740 Jasper Ave, Edmonton Free meal and drink for evacuees with Fort McMurray ID
• Uncle Ed's Restaurant 780-471-1010 4824 118 Ave. Free lunch
• Select 780-428-1629 10018 106 St. Free mac and cheese meal
• Naan-O-Licious 780-705-5570 10331 82 Ave Is offering a free biryani for evacuees between the hours of 11 a.m. and 10:30 p.m. (except on Sunday).
• GF Diner 780-757-8570 10015 82 Ave Free gluten-free and dairy-free pancake breakfasts
• Gurdwara Siri Guru Singh Sabha Sikh Temple 780-993-0898 4504 Mill Woods Road S. Free vegetarian food
• Caffrey’s 780-449-7468 1 - 99 Wye Road Free meal
• Delux Burger Bar 780-420-0101 /780-989-2747 9682 142 St. / 14111 23 Ave. Free burger and drink
• Block 1912 780-433-6575 10361 82 Ave Free scoop of gelato and coffee
• The Druid 780-454-9928 11606 Jasper Ave. Free meal and drink for evacuees with Fort McMurray ID
• Sandwich and Sons 780-222-9579 10184 104 St. / 13119 156 St Free sandwich for evacuees with Fort McMurray ID
• Bhartiya Cultural Society of Alberta 780-953-6139/780-288-5263/780-
• Moxie’s Grill and Bar all locations Free entrée and drink with Fort McMurray ID
• Boston Pizza South Edmonton Common/Millwoods/Jasper Ave Is offering an individual pizza and pop for free to Fort McMurray residents
• Albert's Family Restaurant 780-429-1259 10550 115 St Is offering complimentary pancakes and bacon to evacuees between 9 a.m. and 12 p.m. on May 5
• Mary Brown's (780) 758-2905/(780) 486-4664 11358 104 Ave NW/14969 Stony Plain Rd Edmonton franchises are offering a free meal to anyone with a government issued ID with a Fort McMurray address
• Obyrnes (780) 414-6766 10616 82 Ave NW Free meal and a pint of craft ale
• Central Social Hall (780) 705-1900 10909 Jasper Avenue Downtown location invites Fort McMurray residents who have been evacuated in for a complimentary meal with proof of #ymm address. Visit during regular business hours now through Sunday
• Papa John's (780) 391-7272 (780) 962-7911 (780) 429-7212 Any Edmonton location 2 free large pizzas for Fort McMurray residents
• Remedy Café – free wraps
• Quiznos (Leduc) - free meals
• Kinnikinnick Fresh 780-424-2900 10940 120 St. Celiac evacuees requiring gluten-free food
• Edmonton Food Bank (780) 425-2133 11508 120 ST NW If you need immediate assistance, you can attend community meals or phone Edmonton's Food Bank at 780.425.4190. Phone lines are open Monday to Friday 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
For Qs on diplomas, contact Alberta Education through the Alberta Connects system at #abed 2/2— david eggen (@davideggenAB) or 780-427-7219 May 10, 2016