The Red Cross will be there to support residents returning home to Fort McMurray on Wednesday.
“We know this will be a challenging time for those who’ve been evacuated, as the uncertain condition of their homes and communities will become much more real to them,” says Alberta Red Cross vice president Jennifer McManus. “We want evacuees to know that you are not alone.”
Red Cross announced $40-million toward helping evacuees.
Via EFT the head of each family will get $300, while other immediate family members will get $50 each. There is also $15-million put aside to help with travel, for evacuees who don’t have the funds for flights or charter buses back to Fort McMurray.
“This assistance is intended to ease the stress of re-entering your community and to help you with the purchase of urgent household supplies and goods, groceries and personal items.”
Red Cross will also provide various kits and services, such as clean up and after-fire kits for damaged households, hygiene kits, wildfire recovery guides, child friendly spaces, information referral and outreach to the most vulnerable.
Red Cross has received more than $112-million in donations. Tuesday is the last day to donate to the Red Cross, with the total being matched by the federal and Alberta governments. tl/sj