The Fort McMurray Fire: How You Can Help
Our thoughts, prayers and best wishes go out to our team members, neighbours, customers, fellow members of our industry and all those affected by the wildfires hitting Fort McMurray and the surrounding areas. While the devastating effect is being felt most acutely in Fort McMurray, its impact will reverberate right across the country.
A few of our team members remain safely in camps north of the city assisting our customers with their fire protection needs. We are staying in regular contact with them. We are fortunate that the rest of our Fort McMurray team has been safely evacuated back to their families or to Edmonton where they are being put up in hotels or with our local staff. Seeing so many Albertans opening their communities and homes to the people fleeing the fires is a tribute to the Canadian spirit of kindness, support and generosity.
Levitt-Safety has made a $10,000 donation to the Red Cross relief effort and we encourage other individual and companies to give what they can to assist. Once the fires are out and it comes time to rebuild, we will stand shoulder-to-shoulder with the community in that effort.
Our next management meeting had been scheduled to take place in Fort McMurray in July. We will be carefully assessing the situation in the coming weeks to better understand whether our presence would be welcome or a hindrance.
A special word of thanks and praise to the many emergency services workers who have worked tirelessly to try to save the city and its citizens. Without their effort and heroism, the human and economic toll of this tragedy would have been far higher.
If you’re in a position to donate – or if you require assistance – consider one of the organisations below:
Canadian Red Cross
The Red Cross has set up an emergency ‘Alberta Fires’ appeal. You can also text REDCROSS to 30333 to make a $5 donation. Please call the Red Cross for family reunification 1-888-350-6070.
This site aims to help pair Albertans able to open their homes, rental properties, recreational properties, and other available space to people in need of somewhere to stay.
Edmonton Emergency Relief Services
Edmonton Emergency Relief Services are putting out a call for donations and volunteers. Specifically, they are collecting diapers, baby wipes, NEW toiletries (such as soap, shampoo, tampons, toothpaste etc.) and NEW socks and underwear.
Take your donations to the ERS offices, downtown Edmonton (10255 104th Street). They will distribute them where they are needed most.
If you’d like to volunteer, please call 780-428-4422. Please leave a message, and they’ll get back to you.
Edmonton Food Bank
The Edmonton Food Bank is accepting donations for those affected by the Fort McMurray fires.
Donations of food may be left at any major grocery store or fire hall. You can also make monetary donations through the food bank’s website.Follow them on Facebook for updates about how to donate for those with special dietary needs.
Fort Mac Recovers
This site is designed to facilitate community preparedness and recovery. Residents can request help, and others can sign up to donate and volunteer.
If you’d like to donate you’ll be asked to list the type of donation you’re able to give (toothbrushes, baby food, shelter, etc.) and enter contact information, and an organizer will contact you when your donation is needed.
Also, sign up to volunteer, and an organizer will be in touch when the clean-up and recovery efforts are needed.
Wood Buffalo emergency social services
Apply to volunteer.
Facebook support groups
Offer accommodations for evacuees in these groups:
Donate goods and supplies:
Please note, unless you are part of an agency that has permission to be in the mandatory evacuation zones please do not try and enter. Although your intentions are good, you are causing responders to redirect their attention to you rather than assisting others in need and dealing with the emergency at hand.
Other organisations donating funds:
Mammoth Beard Co.
Mammoth Beard Co. is donating all their online profits towards the Red Cross today to provide support for Fort McMurray during this crisis.
Alberta Strong, provides Alberta-themed clothing, will donate up to $10 of the sale of their T-shirts and hoodies to the Fort McMurray wildfire relief.