The province is co-ordinating several ways for Nova Scotians to help victims of the fire emergency in Fort McMurray, Alberta.
“The images and stories coming from Fort McMurray are frightening, especially to the many Nova Scotians who have family members in Alberta,” said Premier Stephen McNeil. “People across our province are concerned about the thousands who had to evacuate and Nova Scotians want to help.”
Beginning today, May 5, Nova Scotians in Alberta who have been displaced by wildfires can phone 1-855-466-4994 to get connected to government programs that may provide assistance or to help connect people with family in Nova Scotia. This service, provided by 211, will help co-ordinate support and provide assistance.
Here at home, Nova Scotians with family members in Alberta who need assistance can also phone 211 to get connected to programs and services that may help.
Nova Scotians who wish to help are encouraged to donate to the Canadian Red Cross. They are accepting donations via phone, text message or online at www.redcross.ca .
Information is available at NovaScotia.ca/FortMcMurray .
“Nova Scotians have always stepped up when others are in need,” said Premier McNeil. “Nova Scotians with family members affected should use these sources to let us know how we can help.”
The province is also ready to provide firefighting and other resources to Alberta if requested.