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FEMA Blog : Fort McMurray
FEMA Blog : Fort McMurray
Through the Fire and Flames
Author: Jessica Stapf
Scorched trees now line the roads where children played and parents drove to work. Ash and soot blanket everythinglike dust settles on unmoved furniture. The sunrise is hazy with smoke that fills the air with a sweet scent, yet the ground is littered with bitter remnants.
Communities across the Fort McMurray area in Alberta, Canada have faced tragically beautiful scenes like these since fires sparked at the beginning of May. Conditions continue to remain toughwith the Fort McMurray-area wildfires taking up 522,892 hectares (nearly 1.3 million acres for those of us who prefer standard units of measurement). 1,880 firefighters, 104 helicopters, 295 pieces of heavy equipment and 29 air tankers are currently hard at work battling the fires.1
Nearly a hundred thousand Albertans fled the destruction, traveling to larger cities like Calgary and Edmonton2 (familiar stateside for their National Hockey League teams: the Flames and Oilers respectively).
As fires spread throughout the province, those in the path of the destruction were left with a very difficult decision: “What can I take with me? What do I need?”
Those are questions many never want to think about or much less need to have an answer to. As reported by BBC News, some quick-thinking people grabbed some items many would not have thought to takea pie plate, a glue gun, and my personal favorite, a bottle of rum.3
Some clung to sentimental pieces; objects that tied them together as a family: photographs, Bibles passed down for generations. Others? Simple things like shirts, jeans and a travel-sized toothbrush.4
When you only have moments to spare before fleeing to a place you may not be familiar with, you may not think to grab the standards like an extra pair of shoes, kids favorite games, or important paperwork. We’re always talking about the importance of go-bags and emergency kits in these circumstances; situations that require you to run far and run fast. Having a kit on hand can make split-second decisions in emergencies a lot easier–or even second nature.
Ready.govs Instructions for Emergency Kits
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Alberta Government Situation Report (as of May 22, 2016, 3:00pm)
CNN Article: Inside fire-ravaged Fort McMurray: Utter devastation, glimmers of hope
BBC News Article: Canada wildfire: Odd items people took during their evacuation
Macleans Photo Essay: The things they couldnt leave behind in Fort McMurray
CBC News Article: I just about fainted: Family overwhelmed with help after Fort McMurray evacuation
CBC News Article: Tulle, glitter and giving back: Finding unique ways to help people in Fort McMurray
CBC News Article: Amid the devastation, Fort McMurray wildfire leaves a hint of mercy
05/23/2016 – 12:31
The complete article may be read at the URL above.
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