The Red Cross has been given $44 million for this crisis. The fed will match this amount.
Sadly, there is no power, gas, water or hydro, in the fire zones. Stores are not open. There is no infrastructure in place. The fire is still out of control. It will be days until they evaluate the situation, and make the city safe again.
I really appreciated the comforting words of Rachel Notley, the premier of Alberta. "We have your backs."
Many have been evacuated to the nearest city, Edmonton. Kids are being welcomed into schools, which is a very positive move. It's some sense of normalcy for them. All evacuees have found temporary shelter, and supplies are being flown into the area.
Huge thank you's to all the volunteers helping out the evacuees as they head south. @weathernetwork #ymmfire pic.twitter.com/9Jbsf7dYrA— Mark Robinson (@StormhunterTWN) May 8, 2016
Unloading emergency food and supplies flown from Edmonton to Horizon Alberta by a CC130J Hercules aircraft #YmmFire pic.twitter.com/FUJleItNoH— Canadian Forces (@CanadianForces) May 8, 2016
A CAF member ensures safe boarding of evacuees from Albian Sands, Alberta by a CC130J Hercules #YmmFire #FortMacFire pic.twitter.com/97BnVIkYc1— Canadian Forces (@CanadianForces) May 8, 2016
#ymmfire has created superheros out of the operators behind @RMWoodBuffalo https://t.co/DuLwt2Pa0b pic.twitter.com/MiSVW3Ctdb— TorontoStar (@TorontoStar) May 7, 2016
Only #drones with permission to assist in emergency response can fly #ymmfire #FortMcMurray pic.twitter.com/ZWnFSBE5Fv— Transport Canada (@Transport_gc) May 6, 2016
CAF members fly a CH-146 Griffon to view the damage created by wild fires. #FortMcMurray #ymmfire #FortMacFire pic.twitter.com/b03Ugy0Wyw— Canadian Forces (@CanadianForces) May 6, 2016
Beer production in Edmonton was stopped & nearly 70,000 cans of water produced to help out evacuees from #ymmfire. pic.twitter.com/pF0nipzie7— Jim Hague (@JimHague9) May 6, 2016
Social Media has been fabulous for all affected.Canadian #RedCross says relief donations for #FortMcMurray fire top $11M. Total does not include federal matching funds. #ymmfire— CBC News Alerts (@CBCAlerts) May 5, 2016
Let your family and friends know you're safe via @facebook Safety Check https://t.co/U4DpHdTwIc #ymmfire pic.twitter.com/4iDt9NiXtr— The Weather Network (@weathernetwork) May 4, 2016
Man working tirelessly to rescue For Mac pets left behind https://t.co/kpjZyus9sR #ymmfire pic.twitter.com/fyv3lfEehB— Watch CTV News (@WatchCTVNews) May 6, 2016
'It's our turn': Syrian refugees help Alberta fire victims #ymmfire https://t.co/99mZz2xw0m pic.twitter.com/IA7kmSxlgK— HuffPost Canada (@HuffPostCanada) May 7, 2016
Our #FirstResponders! ❤ You all are absolutely priceless! We couldn't do this without you! #YMMfire https://t.co/54arpGaAAb— Krista Sayeau (@rambling911) May 7, 2016
|Refugees are Canadian Human Capital|
This is why we welcome them to Canada
|Look for heroes|
The CAF have deployed to the area of Fort McMurray to support @Safety_Canada & Alberta. #ymmfire #FortMacFire pic.twitter.com/qEXIya9Lcx— Canadian Forces (@CanadianForces) May 5, 2016
One nation. Syrian refugees in Calgary help Fort McMurray evacuees. Incredible: https://t.co/Qs07jFDTQh #ymmfire pic.twitter.com/MIs7D9Oxit— The Weather Network (@weathernetwork) May 6, 2016
Shelter's pet care eases burden for Fort McMurray evacuees https://t.co/ol7cQNBDh4 pic.twitter.com/pw73NqYRSA— CBC News (@CBCNews) May 6, 2016
I've been following the devastating fires in Alberta. The news can be depressing. I am searching for the good stories within this terrible ongoing event.
Our Canadian news is filled with horrific scenes of totally burned out communities. People have fled with little and/or a suitcase. The good news is that, so far, no one has died or been seriously hurt. They've got a fair number of fires in B.C., the province next door, but Ontario is sending some firefighters.
The problem is in the geography of this place. Fort McMurray had one highway going through (#63), running north to south. North of the town are mining camps, as well as other businesses. Suncor and Syncrude have had to shut down due to evacuations.
People in these camps to the north have been told not to go south.
|So far, 88,000 have been evacuated.|
They say that 10,000 people evacuated to the north to the camps, while those in the south are going farther south.
Hotels to the south have taken in refugees, and citizens are offered empty homes.
They've run out of gas for 200km along autoroute 63.
Some have managed to take pets, others have been told to register with the SPCA who will try to take care of them.
The Red Cross is taking financial donations for food and water. They don't have the resources to take goods, at this point. They are looking for donation at redcross.ca
Red Cross Alberta is registering those who have been displaced so that worried family members can find good news.
The Feds have agreed to send military helicopters, as well as personnel, who are on their way.
There are 250 firefighters there and 300 RCMP on their way to assist.
|It's not been controlled yet.|
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