Red Cross Sets up Fund for Ft. McMurray Residents
Prince George, B.C.- As the town of Ft. McMurray is consumed by wildfire , Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says he has contacted Alberta Premier Rachel Notley and advised her the Government is ready to help in any way it can.
Earlier this evening, the town of Fort McMurray was ordered evacuated. That includes relocating about 100 patients from the Fort McMurray Hospital to other facilities. There are new reports the evacuated hospital is now on fire.
Many of those trying to flee the flames have become stranded on the highway as they ran out of gas. They are being advised to stay put as police are patrolling the highways and will have fuel.
Residents of Fort McMurray are being advised to follow the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo on facebook, or on twitter (@RMWoodBuffalo) for updates.
Evacuees are being asked to email firstname.lastname@example.org to let officials know they are safe.
Suncor has posted the following on the regional Municipality Wood Buffalo Facebook page:
“Suncor advises that as a result of the fires in the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo (RMWB), we are focusing our attention on the safety of our people and the community. Our plant is 25 kilometres north of Fort McMurray and in a safe condition. However, we are reducing production at our regional facilities in order to allow employees and their families to get to safety.
We are working with the regional emergency response to help coordinate the evacuation efforts.”
The City of Edmonton is sending crews to Ft. McMurray to assist. The crews are expected to arrive around 5 tomorrow morning.
The BC Wildfire Service says it is not able to assist Alberta right now because of the situation here at home. The fires in the Peace region continue to rage with four areas around Fort St. John under evacuation alert . B.C.’s resources are needed here at the moment says the Wildfire Service.
Meantime, the Canadian Red Cross has set up a fund to accept donations to assist those affected by the wildfire that is burning through the town and the Salvation Army advises those who need aid to follow #ymmhelps on twitter for services and aid..