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May 06, 2016

Calgary stands with Fort McMurray

Our hearts are with all those affected and first responders as they continue to fight for Fort McMurray. It is the testament to the community strength in Fort McMurray that they have effectively evacuated 88,000 residents.

Anyone affected by this disaster and in need of assistance is encouraged to contact 211, a 24-hour phone and online information and referral service that connects people to thousands of community and social services and can support 150 languages.

Following this disaster, the Fort McMurray community and its many individuals and families will need to take steps toward rebuilding lives. As part of this process, they will need access to a variety of United Way funded social service programs to help with housing, food security, counselling, family supports and more. These recovery efforts will be hugely important as the community of Fort McMurray returns and begins to rebuild.

United Way of Fort McMurray understands the needs of their community. Together, United Ways of Alberta will work to support United Way of Fort McMurray in developing recovery and resiliency plans to address the needs of the community.

If you need assistance, here are the toll free numbers for centers across Alberta ready to help all Albertans:

  • 1-855-266-1605 - 211 Calgary and Area
  • 1-888-482-4696 - 211 Edmonton and Area
  • 1-888-482-4696 - Canadian Mental Health Association - Edmonton

Due to the continued risk posed by the fires, no volunteer opportunities are available at this time. As the situation changes, please check back as we will provide information as volunteer opportunities become available.