The provincial government has recently declared a provincial state of emergency. Over 88,000 people have been evacuated, and an estimated 1,600 homes and businesses have been destroyed.
The best way to help right now is to directly donate to the Canadian Red Cross.
You can can donate online or by calling 1-800-418-1111. You can also text “REDCROSS” to 30333 to make a simple $5 donation.
The Alberta government will also be matching the donations.
If you’re in Edmonton you can head to Edmonton Emergency Relief Services office in downtown (10255 104th Street), to donate items. The Edmonton Food Bank is also accepting donations for those affected by the Fort McMurray fires.
If you’re one of the evacuees, you can register with the Red Cross at some evacuation centres or by calling 1-888-350-6070.
Registering will let Red Cross know the assistance thats needed and will help connect displaced family members.
Facebook has recently activated its Safety Check feature for the Fort McMurray area so residents can quickly let friends and family they’re safe.
If you’re in Alberta you can help by offering up space for evacuees or their pets, there are a few ways to use social media to let people know.
You can see a full list on the Supporters of Alberta Animal Rescues website.
On the Fort McMurray Evacuee Open Source Help Page, Albertans are posting offers of everything from spare bedrooms, space to park campers, room for pets, or just a hot meal.
Another page, Fort Mac Donations, is focused on collecting basic necessities as well as communicating places where goods can be dropped off.
You can register to volunteer with the Wood Buffalo emergency social services