We’ve all been shocked by the images coming from the Fort McMurray wildfire over the past few days.
Many fellow newcomers have been affected, and require help. Here are some resources to assist those who have been forced to flee the city. We’ve also listed ways we can all help evacuees.
The Canadian Red Cross is leading the appeal for donations. You can donate online here, or text REDCROSS to 30333 to donate $5.
Those living in safe areas, close to the Fort McMurray wildfire, are being asked to list their properties on Airbnb to provide free shelter. Airbnb is waiving service fees.
Donations on Facebook
Donations of services and items like toiletries and clothes are being crowdsourced on:
- Fort Mac Fire Donations group
- BC Let’s Help Fort McMurray group
- Fort McMurray Evacuee Open Source Help Page
- Irish in Fort McMurray group
If you need temporary accommodation for your pets, or need to list your pet as missing, you can do so in the resources at this page.
Advice for evacuees
- Keep any receipts for expenses (food, accommodation, gas) as there may be reimbursement available.
- Register with the Red Cross by calling 1-888-350-6070, or in person at a reception centre.
- For help sourcing food, the Edmonton Food Bank can be called on 780-425-4190.
- Official information on road information and closures available here.
- Latest details at the Alberta Emergency Alert website.
Irish citizens affected by Fort McMurray wildfire
A representative from the Irish Embassy will be in Edmonton from Monday (May 9).
Siobhan Doran, Passport Officer with the Irish Embassy will be at the Irish Centre from 4pm – 8pm each day next week. The Irish Centre can be reached at 780-453-2249.
If you’re heading to Vancouver, you can contact the Presidents of the Irish Women’s Network or the Irish Heritage Society of BC. They’ll provide the forms and witness the photos as well. Contact details at this page.
The Irish Department of Foreign Affairs advises Irish citizens in need of emergency consular assistance as a result of the Fort McMurray wildfire to make contact. You can call the Embassy or the Honorary Consulate of Ireland in Edmonton on +1 (780) 458-0810.
The Embassy has also established an emergency assistance line at +1 (613) 293-6071 until further notice.
Irish citizens seeking an Emergency Travel Certificate in lieu of a passport that has been lost or destroyed as a result of the fire are required to give at least 24 hours’ notice to the Consul or the Embassy.