I can’t imagine anything more frightening than watching my home, and everything around it, burn down. But right now, that is the reality for over 80,000 people in Fort McMurray, and the surrounding areas.
So far, everybody has made it out safely, and I hope it continues that way. Of course, the Canadian Red Cross is doing everything they can to help. If you are able, please don’t be afraid to donate here, and the Government of Canada will match the donation. While they appreciate the efforts of others, the best thing we can do is either make a donation to a food bank, or make a monetary donation at the above link. Physical goods are nice, but we need to keep in mind the storage limitations.
The other thing I’ve seen is not just an entire community, but an entire country, coming together to help. Fort Mac gets a bad rap, all over the world, but when disaster struck, everybody put aside their feelings and stepped up. It’s enough to bring tears to my eyes (I’m literally fighting off tears right now). People have been loading up with fuel and food, and heading right towards disaster, as many are stranded on the side of the highway. Some neighbourhoods were given as little as two minutes notice to get out, and told to drive as far as they can before they run out of gas.
Can you imagine? Two minutes to get your family (human and furry) and anything you can grab, get in a car, and take off? I have a 5 and 7 year old. I can’t imagine how terrifying this would be for them. Footage from dash cams have shown us what it’s like driving through all of this.
My heart goes out to all of these people. They have lost so much. But, once again, Canada has shown that we are strong. We will prevail, even in the face of hell.