Fort McMurray, Alberta - Wildfires - State of Emergency Declared

on May 04, 2016 @ 05:41 am

Please everyone send positive thoughts to the people of Fort McMurray. If you do not already know, the entire city has been evacuated due to the wildfires. Please consider donating to Red Cross. I lived in Fort McMurray for 8 of the 10 years I've been in Alberta. It was home to me. Yes, there's negative press, but people are losing their homes, businesses and all their belongings. A lot had to travel further north and many could not get out of town the only way south (towards Edmonton - where I currently reside). I can tell you that Fort McMurray is one of the most financially giving places in Canada. And now they need our help. Please go on twitter to express your support using hashtags #ymmfire #ymmstrong #AlbertaStrong #ymm #FortMcMurray and please donate to the Red Cross if you can - this is a state of emergency and currently my best friend and her family are stuck there, in the north - unable to get south out of town towards safety. I haven't heard from her in hours. It's a hellish situation - they are losing their entire city and it's not expected to improve. Many Albertans are stepping up - both individuals and businesses - opening their homes & businesses to people and pets, because pets are family too. There is no gas to get out if your tank isn't full to get to Grasslands and even then the neighboring gas stations and hotels and restaurants are out of supply. It is a crisis situation with the people left there having to ration food. I am heartbroken over this. Fort McMurray was home up until two years ago and I have so many friends and coworkers who I haven't heard from or checked in as "safe" on the Facebook page. Please send love, prayers, if you're religious, and money if you can afford it. If you live in Alberta please consider opening your home to people and / or pets who no longer have a home. #ymm #ymmstrong #AlbertaStrong #firefighters #ymmfires
Stay strong Fort McMurray!

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Prayers on May 04, 2016 @ 05:43 am

I also have many friends there - having lived in Alberta for years and now Newfoundland. I'm hoping for better news today from there. #Albertastrong

@gypsigyrl on May 04, 2016 @ 05:50 am

It's very horrifying isn't it? I cannot sleep I am so worried. And I think also of the wildlife. They have nowhere to go and are being killed by these fires. It's so upsetting. I hope all of your friends are okay. I have been watching footage and it is so scary. If anyone wants to follow me on Twitter you can find me @fly_eyez I am retweeting everything pertinent.

Fort McMurray on May 04, 2016 @ 08:18 am

This is so scary! Praying everyone is safe. Every THING can be replaced but people and animals are so very precious.

:( on May 04, 2016 @ 08:55 am

SO many prayers! It's so scary!

. on May 04, 2016 @ 09:36 am

I was shocked to hear about the news! I have friends that live near there. :(

. on May 04, 2016 @ 10:32 am

My city Thunder Bay is sending clothing and essentials to them I just got the notification. I look forward to helping. I have cleaned out cupboards etc and have lots to donate.

Fort Mac on May 04, 2016 @ 10:37 am

I hope something is being done about the wildlife there :(
Will follow you on Twitter. Thanks

:( on May 04, 2016 @ 12:41 pm

I saw this on Twitter and FB - how devastating!

The pictures are surreal - and the outpouring of help from strangers is overwhelming and makes me proud to be Canadian.

I hope most people had property (homeowners/tenants/business insurance) to help them get back into place quickly without having to worry about the financial aspect of recovery.

I've seen too many claims where tenants don't have insurance, and literally have to start life from scratch with no funds.

(sorry, comes with the logical profession)

It's horrible on May 04, 2016 @ 12:43 pm

I have family in Athabaska and Fort McMurtry I grew up going to spend Christmas and summer holidays there it's a terrible situation I hope they can get the fire out ASAP and start rebuilding its a thriving community that has grown so much over the years it's a beautiful part of Canada

. on May 04, 2016 @ 02:34 pm

My Uncle is there and we don't know if he got out yet,my cousin is also there,we are worried sick with everyone's safety

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