The raging Fort McMurray wildfire continues to burn, and residents of all stripes, including entire families, are fleeing the city. But where are they headed? What if they have no relatives in the vicinity and nowhere to stay?
All of Fort McMurray is under a mandatory evacuation order, and tens of thousands of residents of the northern Alberta community have been forced to leave.
As of late Tuesday evening, most of the hotels in the area had been booked (vacancies and information can be found here) leaving folks stranded and looking for a place to stay. One only needs to turn to social media to witness an incredible outpouring of support from Canadians.
In countless heartwarming gestures, hundreds of people from across the Prairies have begun opening their doors to displaced Fort McMurray residents. Aside from evacuation centres and Northlands (which is offering food, beverages and shelter), individual people and businesses have been taking people in.
Hashtag #ymmhelps has popped up on Twitter as a valuable source, too, letting fire evacuees know where there can find a place to stay. There is even a dedicated account (@YMMhelp) for those searching.
Here is just a sample of the many, many social media posts offering help.
The Alberta Red Cross set up a page for those looking to make cash donations.
If you would like to help the people of Fort McMurray, text REDCROSS to 30333 to make a $5 donation or visit redcross.ca to make a donation online. The Red Cross isonly accepting money at this point in time. Please do not offer second-hand clothing or other items.
With files from Global News’ Caley Ramsey