Region of Wood Buffalo fire
Donations – We recognize that many of you want to donate and to help those who are in need. At this time, the Provincial Operations Centre is asking that anyone wanting to donate, to do so through the Red Cross. The Red Cross will direct all funds to Fort McMurray. Both the Provincial and Federal Governments are matching all Red Cross donations.
Resources – Airdrie currently has one fire truck on site. Currently we have 4 firefighters being rotated. Two Chief Officers are also on call for Incident Command. The RCMP have sent 6 officers and the Acting District Operations Officer to assist in the area.
Community Standards Bylaw - Normally, an RV can be parked on the street up to 72 hours before the resident must move it and it must be attached to the truck that tows it. We are relaxing those rules temporarily for Fort McMurray evacuees. An RV can be parked on a resident’s property or the front street and it can be detached, as long as it is for evacuees of Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo.
Mayor expresses solidarity with the people of the region
May 5, 2016
AIRDRIE, ALBERTA – Mayor Peter Brown joined his colleagues, the Mayors of Alberta’s Mid-Sized Cities caucus, in expressing solidarity with the people of Fort McMurray and the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo.
“It is difficult to watch what is happening in the Wood Buffalo and Fort McMurray right now, “said Mayor Peter Brown. “I am grateful that no one has been hurt. We are ready to help and I know that we will be there to support that community once the immediate emergency is over.”
At this point in time, some municipalities have been asked to provide a list of available resources under provincial Mutual Aid protocols. All the Mayors expressed their willingness to provide whatever support would be most useful when asked.
The City of Airdrie has provided a list of resources available for deployment including 12 firefighters, an engine, pick-up trucks and portable pumps as well as Emergency Coordination Centre personnel.
The Mayors issued a joint call asking their residents to support the people of Wood Buffalo and noted that in disaster situations like this the most effective form of support is often a financial contribution. Well intentioned contributions of hard goods, clothing and other household items can create significant logistical challenges and are less flexible in meeting the diverse variety of needs.
The Mayors recommended that residents wishing to make a contribution should do so through the Alberta Red Cross. The best method of donating to @RedCrossAB for #ymmfire is online: Alberta Fires Appeal. Text works too; text the word REDCROSS to 30333 to donate $5 directly to the #ymmfire.
For up-to-date information on the situation, the Alberta Government has updates here http://www.alberta.ca/emergency.cfm.
The Alberta Mid-Size Cities Caucus represents 22 urban centres, not including Edmonton and Calgary, nearly 35 Provincial constituencies and constitutes a population of almost 1 million people.
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