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Funding from Red Cross now available to Fort Mac evacuees

As well as financial assistance from the province, Fort McMurray evacuees are getting $50,000 from the Red Cross.

On top of the $1250 for adults, and $500 for dependents from the Alberta Government, adults will receive $600 per adult and $300 per child.

Canadian Red Cross President and CEO, Conrad Sauve, says this is just the first step in helping those displaced.

“This is the most important cash transfer we have done in our history, and the fastest one. The combination of both the ability to raise money very fast in Canada and also using these electronic means to transfer money directly to the hands of those affected.”

So far, Canadians have donated more than $67 million towards Fort McMurray relief efforts, not including the commitments by both the provincial and federal governments to match donations.

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Fort McMurray evacuees can now pick up their emergency funding from the province, in the form of debit cards. They can be picked up at locations in Edmonton, Calgary, and Lac La Biche, with more spots to come.
“If you don’t need emergency funding immediately, please let those in desperate need be first in line. That way, we can distribute the debit cards as quickly and efficiently as possible. Be assured that the funding will not run out,” says Premier Rachel Notley.

Notley also says she’s know it’s difficult to not yet have a timeline on when they can return home, but she doesn’t want to give a date prematurely and have it be delayed.

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