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City of Edmonton Continues to Support Slave Lake Evacuees

May 17, 2011

About 400 residents from Slave Lake have registered at a temporary reception area set up in the Edmonton EXPO Centre at Northlands, following the wildfires that are sweeping across areas of northern Alberta. Approximately 35 residents spent Monday night at the centre.

The City of Edmonton’s Disaster Social Services is operating the centre in collaboration with the Canadian Red Cross and the Salvation Army, providing support to evacuees.

 “We’re continuing to provide daily support to those people who need it,” said Stephane Labonne, spokesperson for the City's Disaster Social Services. “We are working with the province to determine the ongoing need for the reception centre so at this time it is difficult to indicate how long the centre will operate.”

The Edmonton site is providing residents with support services such as food, clothing, toiletries, blankets, medical aid and counselling services. Approximately 50 employees from the City, Alberta Health Services, the Red Cross, the Salvation Army and Northlands are helping residents at the temporary reception centre.

Donations are not required

Donations of supplies are not required at this time. Support agencies have enough supplies and staff to help the people staying in the temporary shelter. The public is asked not to drop off any items at the evacuation reception centre. Should the situation change, the City will alert people online, via 311 and through news media.

Individuals and organizations that wish to provide assistance are asked to call the Red Cross at 1-800-418-1111 or online at www.redcross.ca, or the Salvation Army 780-908-7782 or 780-909-5598. Cash is the preferred donation. Edmonton Emergency Relief Services at 10255-104 Street is accepting donations of goods.

Contact numbers:

  • Wildfire situation: Call toll-free 310-4455 to access current information about the situation such as Red Cross information, highway closures, phone numbers, and what websites to visit for more information.
  • Displaced residents are encouraged to call the Red Cross Central Registration Inquiry Bureau 1-800-565-4483 to register their information.
  • Finding evacuees: People who are trying to locate individuals who have been evacuated can call the Red Cross toll-free number 1-800-565-4483. Red Cross can only provide info on people who have registered.
  • Medical patients: Any family members who are looking for information on where medical patients were moved can call Alberta Health Services at 1-866-301-2668.

For more information:

Online Contact 311 Online
Telephone

In Edmonton: 311

Outside Edmonton: 780-442-5311

TTY 780-944-5555
Email 311@edmonton.ca