United for Fort McMurray

United for Fort McMurray

Needs & Goals

Current Status June 8th, 2016

On May 2, 2016 Fort McMurray and surrounding areas evacuated more than 94,000 people. The province of Alberta is still under their declared state of emergency.

Many Fort McMurray residents’ homes have been destroyed, others have been told their homes are standing but show unsafe toxic levels and are not inhabitable at this time, others have begun returning to their homes on a voluntary basis from June 1st – 21st, as part of a phased re-entry plan presented by the Alberta Government.

To accomplish that timeline, 5 conditions have to be met

  • Wildfire is no longer an imminent threat to the community
  • Critical infrastructure is repaired to provide basic service
  • Essential services, such as fire, EMS, police and healthcare are restored to a basic level
  • Hazardous areas are secure
  • Local government is re-established

United Way Fort McMurray is a crucial partner, engaged in the recovery efforts and working closely with the Federal, provincial and local governments, Canadian Red Cross and other organizations.


211 is acting as a key point of contact. Service providers continue to receive calls from those seeking help and those looking to help. However, call volumes have declined from the peaks experienced during the evacuation of Fort McMurray. Measures continue to be taken to ensure that those in need are made aware of this important service, through increased communication and outreach.

How People Can Give and Receive Help

To support recovery efforts in Fort McMurray:
Donate to United Way Fort McMurray (www.unitedforfortmcmurray.ca) to support the community’s recovery and rebuilding efforts.

Donations will be used to help address the community’s important social needs, like housing, food assistance, trauma and mental health supports, and the rebuilding of Fort McMurray’s entire social infrastructure funds where they are needed most and will have the greatest impact.

  • To learn more about how UWC is supporting recovery efforts contact,• Kim Lockhart, National Director, Community Impact, klockhart@unitedway.ca
  • To learn more about how 211 is supporting recovery efforts.• Bill Morris, National Director, 211 Canada and Public Policy, btmorris@unitedway.ca


We Will Rebuild

Status – May

Like all Canadians, residents of Huron and Perth counties are heartbroken by the situation facing thousands of residents in Fort McMurray and surrounding communities – and we want to do everything we can to help.

Anyone impacted by this disaster can call 211 or visit ab.211.ca. This free service will connect those in need to critical supports that will help over the short and long term.  It is critical that those in need are made aware of this important service, through increased communication and outreach.

As Fort McMurray residents are displaced throughout Alberta, and United Way Fort McMurray staff and volunteers currently are affected by the evacuation order, United Ways in Alberta and United Ways Centraides (UWCs) across Canada have been offering their help. United Ways in the province are doing their part to ensure that the immediate needs of families and individuals arriving in their communities are met.

United Way Fort McMurray launched a campaign to raise funds for the recovery and rebuilding phases of this disaster.. Donations are now being accepted at fmunitedway.com.  By donating to United for Fort McMurray you will be helping residents of Fort McMurray recover from this disaster and return to their families.

Once the immediate crisis needs have been taken care of, those affected by this disaster will begin the long road toward personal and community-wide recovery. United Way Centraide and its broad network of local community agencies will be there now, and during the recovery and rebuilding phases, helping to address impacts in the areas of:

  • Information and referral;
  • Housing;
  • Financial stability;
  • Food security;
  • Mental health; and,
  • Recovery planning and management.

Other ways to consider your support:

Residents of Alberta can contact their local United Way office for more information on the local need for volunteers and donated goods.

Support immediate disaster recovery efforts through aid organizations like the Canadian Red Cross www.redcross.ca

Thank you in uniting with us to assist Fort McMurray.

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