A raging wildfire swept through Fort McMurray in early May of 2016 forcing 94,000 people to be evacuated and leaving 20 per cent of the city in ruins. At its peak, the flames covered 85,000 hectares of land, and had destroyed over 2,400 buildings. The entire city was forced to flee to neighbouring communities to escape the fire.
Residents were forced to stay in temporary accommodations while emergency workers suppressed the fire and assessed the damage.
94,000 PEOPLE EVACUATED
2,400 BUILDINGS DESTROYED
10,000+ PEOPLE IN SHELTERS
GlobalMedic responded to provide hygiene kits and essential household items to people displaced by the fire. In total, nearly 11,000 individual hygiene kits were distributed and more than $271,000 worth of relief items were donated. A cash assistance program was also provided to 123 families, many of whom had children with disabilities or special needs.