Canadian Red Cross Responding to Wild Fire Evacuees in Slave Lake and Surrounding Areas
(Alberta, May 15, 2011) – A wild fire has forced an evacuation for approximately 900 residence in Slave Lake and in surrounding areas to come into affect. A mandatory evacuation is in effect for Mitsue and Poplar Lane, the Southshore of Slave Lake, including Wagner, Widewater, Canyon Creek, Assineau, Bayer Road and Sawridge Reserve West.
A Canadian Red Cross team of volunteers are deploying immediately from Edmonton and will accompany more than 400 shelter cots and 800 hygiene kits and blankets. The Red Cross volunteer team will provide additional shelter support to the lead agency which is the Slave Lake Disaster Services once they have arrived. The Red Cross will work closely with Alberta Emergency Management Authority and other community partners to ensure that basics needs of the evacuees are met.
Additional Canadian Red Cross staff and volunteers are on stand-by if the situation becomes more severe. The Red Cross team was activated immediately after receiving a call for assistance.
The Red Cross Disaster Response Team is a group of dedicated volunteers who assist disaster situations. Last year our volunteer Disaster Response Teams assisted 943 adults and children facing crisis situations across Alberta. Red Cross provides food, shelter, clothing and additional services for 72 hours to people affected by personal disasters.
All Canadian Red Cross support is provided at no charge to those in need. To donate to the Canadian Red Cross please call 1-800-418-1111 or visit your local Red Cross office or go online to www.redcross.ca.