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Fort McMurray Fires Disaster Relief

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FORT MCMURRAY, CANADA—On May 1, 2016, a wildfire began southwest of Fort McMurray, Alberta, Canada. On May 3, it swept through the community, destroying more than 2,400 homes and buildings and forcing the largest wildfire evacuation in Alberta’s history. The fire continues to spread across northeast Alberta, and has impacted Canada’s oil sand operations. The wildfire may become the costliest disaster in Canadian history.

Abraham Shepherd, President of CGR, urges Canadians to step forward: “As we mobilize our efforts across Canada, we’re appealing to good conscience Canadians to help us respond with aid to residents of Fort McMurray.” With partners, a disaster relief command centre has been established in Edmonton to help coordinate efforts. General donations to CGR disaster relief efforts in the region can be made through the above “Donate” button, while volunteers are desired through for cleanup (training provided) in the weeks to come. Hampers for evacuee families are also requested and will be matched by donation.

Disaster Recovery Training
13260228_10154148504489326_1147763829018070956_n Looking to volunteer in Fort McMurray? We are offering "Ash-out Training" in Calgary and Edmonton to properly equip volunteers to assist in the upcoming weeks. This training is required for individuals and groups that want to be certified to volunteer with our organization. An ID badge will also be given upon volunteer deployment.

With hands on training, volunteers will learn how to remove trees and debris from neighbourhoods. Sand will be used to simulate sifting through ashes to recover valuables that are returned to families. The $10 fee covers certification, training expenses, lunch and snacks. Schedule: Registration 8:30am-9:30am Morning training 9:30am-12:30pm Lunch (provided) 12:30pm-1:30pm Afternoon training (likely to end earlier) 1:30pm-5:00pm Pre-registration not required, but please press "going" or "interested" on Facebook so we have an idea of how much food to order in advance. Please share this event with friends who might have a free day or weekend to help.

RSVP for Edmonton: Saturday, May 21 RSVP for Calgary: Monday, May 23

Evacuee Family Hampers
fort_mcmurray_hamper_box Here's a great way to love our displaced Fort McMurray neighbours! As they're resettling across Alberta, here are some tangible needs for the upcoming months you can help provide as a hamper: plastic plates, cutlery, towels, toiletries, etc. Please help share this post, and remember to include a handwritten card to encourage the family. We'll also be matching every hamper received... we've already received over 100, can we do 500? Once your box is ready, contact us and we'll pickup to distribute! DOWNLOAD INSTRUCTIONS
Fort McMurray Updates
Assistance Needed for Fort McMurray Evacuees (May 8, 2016)
Fort McMurray Wildfire: Volunteers & Donations Requested (May 4, 2016)

Volunteer with Cleanup

Header Photos: Chris Schwarz / Government of Alberta / Fort McMurray Wildfires 115, 371, 459, 1194 / May 4, 5, 7, 2016 / CC license, Flickr.