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Red Cross helping out with evacuees

The Canadian Red Cross is helping out with people in B.C. evacuated because of forest fires by providing registration services.

However, anyone requiring immediate assistance with accommodations, food, medical or prescription support, will still need to seek support at local emergency social services reception centres.

The Province of British Columbia strongly encourages all evacuees to register with the Canadian Red Cross, even if aid is not required. Registering will allow family and friends to know the whereabouts of loved ones and that they are safe. It also allows the Canadian Red Cross to contact people directly as more information and assistance becomes available.

To register, please contact the Canadian Red Cross at 1 800 863-6582 or online at: http://www.redcross.ca/how-we-help/current-emergency-responses

Given the current wildfire situation, the Province declared a provincial state of emergency on July 7, 2017, to allow B.C. to bring in additional resources when and as needed to ensure public safety and protect key infrastructure.

Learn More

Keep up-to-date on the provincial wildfire situation: www.bcwildfire.ca

PreparedBC – B.C.’s one-stop shop for disaster readiness information: http://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/safety/emergency-preparedness-response-recovery/preparedbc

For information on evacuation orders and alerts, visit Emergency Info BC: www.emergencyinfobc.gov.bc.ca

Information on highway conditions throughout B.C., including closures: www.drivebc.ca

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