Fort McMurray Update
Most Fort McMurray residents have successfully evacuated from the regions affected by wild-fire. Luckily, they’ve had some cooler temperatures and that’s expected to help firefighters get a better handle on the fire, although one Alberta fire official thinks it could take months, the last report says the fire spread 1600 square kilometres, just 20-30 km from Edmonton.
A friend of FM96, Perron Goodyear with the Salvation army, flew to Edmonton over the weekend to take charge of incident command & coordinate with a team helping evacuees and first responders.
Salvation Army is one way to donate to relief efforts, they will purchase specific goods these people need locally. You can donate online or through text, text FORTMAC to 45678.
Generous Londoners Stepping Up for Fort Mac
Canadians across the country are donating what they can and some Londoners deserve a shout-out. Let’s start with the Londoin Knights – they raised just short of 9,500 dollars at two games over the weekend.
Some local concert goers and musicians are heroes today too…Call the Office raised $2250 yesterday, which will be matched by the government, making a grand total of $4500 with a surprise fundraising concert featuring local favourites like Hiroshima Hearts, Wasted Potential, Heart Attack Kids and more.
You can donate directly to Red Cross HERE
P.S. The London Knights lead their series with the Ice Dogs 2-0 heading to Niagara for Game 3 tonight!
New Red Cross Emergency APP
Red Cross just launched a new app to prepare Canadians for exactly what Fort McMurray residents are going through right now – it’s an emergency and disaster preparation app. It’s called Be Ready – it will alert you about weather conditions that could prompt an emergency situation, like floods, forest fires, tornadoes and hurricanes.
The focus is on being ready early, dealing with difficult circumstances during, and recovery.
According to the Red Cross, only 47 per cent of Canadians have any type of emergency supply kit in their homes. Red Cross suggests “…Keeping enough supplies on hand to be self-sufficient for up to 72 hours in the event of a disaster, or up to two weeks in a health emergency.”
Prepare yourself for an Emergency HERE