Fort McMurray and Area Floods

An aerial shot capturing the flooding on rural farmland.
On April 26, 2020, the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo (RMWB) declared a State of Local Emergency (SOLE) due to high water levels and flooding along the Athabasca, Snye and Clearwater Rivers. More than 13,000 people were evacuated.
 
In support of the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo (RMWB) and Mackenzie County, the Canadian Red Cross is providing a range of services to support households, small businesses and not-for-profit organizations directly affected by flooding in Fort McMurray and the surrounding area.
 

One Year Update

One year after the disaster, the Canadian Red Cross is thankful to individuals, governments, community groups and corporate partners for their support of residents impacted by flooding in 2020. Jenn McManus, the vice-president of Red Cross in Alberta and Northwest Territories, says staff and volunteers continue to provide assistance as individuals, families and the community work towards recovery.

 “It is an honour for our Red Cross team to work with our community partners in the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo. We built a strong foundation of collaboration in the Fort McMurray area following the 2016 Alberta Fires and that meant we were – and are – better prepared to respond together when disasters and emergencies happen.”

Canadian Red Cross is committed to providing information on our operations and on how donations are being spent. You will find our updates for this disaster response below:
 

Recovery Assistance Offered for Albertans Affected by 2020 Natural Disasters

  • If you experienced home, business or property damage due to a natural disaster in 2020, the Canadian Red Cross is offering to help Albertans navigate their recovery.
  •  In partnership with the Government of Alberta, the Canadian Red Cross is providing assistance to people who have already applied to the government’s Disaster Recovery Program (DRP) for 2020 events. Red Cross can help people work through the DRP process, and suggest additional recovery supports and referrals.
  •  Red Cross can also assist people who did not apply for the DRP, by offering help with next steps, referrals, and other recovery supports.
  •  To contact the Red Cross for more information, please call: 1-800-863-6582, Monday to Friday between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m.
  • Click here to learn more about Red Cross assistance with DRP and other recovery supports. 
  •  More information on the provincial government’s DRP is available here: https://recovery.alberta.ca/SitePages/Home.aspx

Support to Small Businesses and Not-for-Profit Organizations

  • The Canadian Red Cross recognizes support to small businesses and not-for-profit organizations is essential to the recovery of people and communities affected by disaster.
  • Eligible small business owners and not-for-profit organizations that were directly impacted by the April 2020 floods in the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo (RMWB) and Mackenzie County, and meet the minimum requirements, can apply for up to $7,500 in funding from the Canadian Red Cross.
  • Applications for eligible small business owners and not-for-profit organizations are being accepted September 30, 2021
Click here for program information
 

Information about the Red Cross HELP (Health Equipment Loan Program) in Fort McMurray:

  • The HELP Depot in downtown Fort McMurray at 8130 B Manning Avenue has re-opened.  
  • You can also reach HELP in Fort McMurray by phone: 1-403-463-5790.

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Donor Updates 

Canadian Red Cross is committed to providing information on our operations and on how donations are being spent. As our work in Alberta continues, regular donor updates will be made available here. 
 

COVID-19 in Alberta

The Canadian Red Cross is dedicated to supporting individuals, families and communities during the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as providing disaster relief and recovery to those in Canada or helping other vulnerable people through our domestic programs and services. Through partnerships with government agencies and widespread community partnerships, the Red Cross continues to adapt to emerging needs to assist the country’s most vulnerable as the crisis evolves.
 

If you have been affected by flooding

Please be aware – If you are contacted by the Red Cross to validate your identification, the Red Cross representative can recite back your correct registration number. Unless the Red Cross is able to recite back your registration number, DO NOT give any personal information over the phone. If in doubt, you may also choose to hang up and phone back the Red Cross registration call centre at: 1-800-863-6582 between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. MT Monday to Friday to confirm that Red Cross is, in fact, calling you.

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