The Red Cross is reminding Albertans that they are only accepting financial donations at this point.
Kingsway Mall will match donations to Slave Lake up to $10,000. You can donate at the Guest Services Kiosk. For more info call 780-477-5756.
Village of Chipman to aid Slave Lake relief efforts: "We remember the devastating effects of the Chipman fire in 1931, that wiped out most of our main street businesses. We got through it as a community, and we'd like to help the people of Slave Lake do the same. Tonight, Jimmy Rankin is playing at the National Hall in Chipman. We want to raise $20,000 at the concert for the Town of Slave Lake: thanks to a very generous offer from Al Carter of Aldon Motors, he will match every dollar raised at the concert. All donations will go to the Salvation Army specifically for residents of Slave Lake. For Comments, Al Carter can be reached at 780-895-2565."
Shell Canada Ltd. said Thursday it was pulling non-essential workers from its vast oilsands mining operations north of Fort McMurray, Alta., as wildfire smoke drifted toward the site.
Slave Lake evacuees at the Athabasca Multiplex to be shown maps of townsite today illustrating which properties were destroyed and which were saved.
From reporter Vinesh Pratap: Its cloudy in slave lake. Some intermittent showers falling. Still waiting on the bus for tech briefing to start. The northern lakes college appears to be the command centre. Driving into the main commercial area at town the buildings in the power centre appear undisturbed.
Over 200 firefighters from 25 departments in Alberta helping in Slave Lake.
"When you first see the devastation, its a numbing feeling, disbelief shock." -Mayor of Slave Lake on the damage to the region.
Provincewide, Alberta has deployed approximately 1,000 Alberta firefighters, and another 400 have been imported from British Columbia and Ontario. The province has also deployed 134 helicopters, 32 air tankers and scores of heavy ground-based machines.
Many Albertans are keen to help those affected by the Slave Lake fire. At this time, charitable organizations are asking Albertans to donate cash rather than goods, as this will help them to address the immediate needs of displaced residents. Community-based organizations may be issuing lists of needed items at a later date. Albertans who want to help may consider volunteering local charitable organizations.
Evacuees who require Driver’s Licence, Identification Card or Birth Certificate replacement should visit their nearest Registry Agent office. A list of Registry Agents can be found on the Service Alberta website at www.servicealberta.ca or call Alberta Registries at 780-427-7013.
Patient Information: Families of patients who have been relocated can call 1-866-301-2668 for information and status updates on patients who have been relocated from the Slave Lake Healthcare Centre.
Health Services: Residents looking for locations of nearby health services, including dialysis, should call Health Link Alberta 1-866-408-LINK (5465). Anyone in need of immediate medical attention should go to the nearest health centre. Call Health Link at the same number for the nearest centre. If it is an emergency, call 911.
Prescriptions and Medication: Residents evacuated from Slave Lake in need of medication or prescription refills can visit any local pharmacy in the community they are located in. Local pharmacists will assess each individual's needs and may dispense medication up to the amount of their last prescription. Anyone requiring narcotics or controlled substances will need to obtain a prescription from a physician.
In addition to the evacuation of Slave Lake, there are mandatory evacuation orders in place for Loon River First Nation, Red Earth, Red Earth Creek, Woodland Cree First Nation, Gift Lake Métis Settlement, Whitefish Lake First Nation, Sawridge First Nation and parts of the Municipal District of Lesser Slave River including Wagner, Widewater, Canyon Creek, Assineau, the Poplar Lane Subdivision east of Slave Lake, Northern Sunrise County (Little Buffalo and Lubicon), Marten Lake, Bigstone Cree, and Fort MacKay First Nation.
Evacuation orders are issued locally by municipalities as part of declaring a state of local emergency. The orders may be voluntary or mandatory, and may cover all or part of a municipality. Residents should contact their local municipality for the latest information.
RCMP are warning the public to refrain from accessing the areas of Seal Lake, Cadotte Lake, Little Buffalo, Gift Lake, Atikameg, and White Fish River due to the danger posed by wild fires in the area.
Regardless of a State of Local Emergency declarations in Northern Sunrise County (declared May 15th), Municipal District of Big Lakes (declared May 15th), and White Fish Atikameg First Nation (declared May 16th), the public continue to access these areas jeopardizing their safety.