Prime Minister Justin Trudeau promised help Monday for Alberta’s fight against wildfires as thousands of people remained out of their homes.
The federal government will work with the Red Cross to set up a matching fund to assist Albertans affected by the fires, Trudeau told reporters in Ottawa following a phone call with Premier Danielle Smith.
Alberta has asked for more firefighting personnel, and more police may be made available, said federal Emergency Preparedness Minister Bill Blair.
“We’re working with the province in order to make sure that the RCMP have sufficient resources available on the ground,” Blair said.
About 29,000 people have been ordered to leave their homes in several communities in recent days. An evacuation order was lifted late Sunday for Edson, a town of about 8,400 people west of Edmonton, although it was still in place in some surrounding areas.
The Ministry of Emergency Preparedness
This week is also a time to recognize the courage of our first responders and our emergency management professionals and celebrate the incredible work they do. I am personally grateful for their dedicated service ensuring the safety of all Canadians.
In recent years, we have witnessed historic floods, wildfires, winter storms and hurricanes. In the past week, floods and wildfires have ravaged communities right across Canada. As climate change causes these events to become more frequent and more severe, the Government of Canada will be there to support response and recovery efforts, and build back more resilient communities.
This year, I encourage you to become familiar with the actions you can take before these emergencies occur to better protect yourself and your family. It can be as simple as making your own emergency kit, creating a family emergency plan, or becoming more informed about the risks and hazards that could exist in your area. Visit the Get Prepared webpage.
We can all do our part to be better prepared for emergencies, and in doing so, help keep ourselves, our loved ones, and our communities safe.
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