How to help Fort McMurray evacuees

Emergency information for evacuees and pets

Donate money:

Donations to the Canadian Red Cross provide relief for those affected in the form of emergency food, clothing, shelter, personal services, and other necessities to help assist with recovery and resiliency. Canadians wishing to make a donation are encouraged to make a financial donation to the Alberta Fires Appeal.

Alternately, you can donate $5 by texting REDCROSS to 30333 or donate $10 by texting FIRES to 45678.

Be careful: There are some scammers posing as the Red Cross asking for money on social media.

The Wood Buffalo Food Bank Association in Fort McMurray is accepting donations via credit card or PayPal.

If you want to donate to the Salvation Army, you can give any amount through Alberta Fire Response.

If you want to donate to Save the Children, you can give any amount through Fort McMurray Emergency Wildfire.

Offer accommodation:

If you need a place to stay, or are looking to take in some evacuees, check out these Facebook groups: Fort McMurray Evacuee Open Source Help Page, or Fort McMurray evac relocation help group.

Airbnb has waived all service fees for those affected by the fire.

Those able to house displaced people can also sign up at

Donate food and items:

If you want to donate items such as blankets or clothes, check out this Facebook group: Fort Mac Fire Donations. Make sure you’re only giving things people actually need. People often donate things after a disaster that aren’t needed, and sometimes actually get in the way of vital supplies.

Edmonton Emergency Relief Services is collecting new shoes, towels, socks, underwear, diapers, baby wipes, and toiletries. Drop off items at: Hangar 2: 3631 – 56 Ave East, Edmonton International Airport.

Edmonton’s Food Bank is collecting donations. Food can be dropped off at any major grocery store or fire hall.


To assist animals and their owners, donations to the Alberta SPCA are being welcomed.

The Edmonton Humane Society is also looking for volunteers and supplies.

The Calgary Humane Society is taking donations via its Fundraiser in Support of Fort McMurray.

Thanks to Macleans for some of these suggestions.

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