Cold Lake Check-in Centre established at FCSS for wildfire evacuees

NEWS RELEASE
May 5, 2016
For immediate release 

 

Cold Lake Check-in Centre established at FCSS for wildfire evacuees

Cold Lake, AB – The City of Cold Lake has established a Check-in Centre at the Cold Lake and District FCSS for people displaced by the Fort McMurray wildfires.

The Check-in Centre will facilitate the registration of people displaced by the wildfires with the Canadian Red Cross, answer questions that they may have, and gather information about what the City and the community can do to help with the needs that evacuees in Cold Lake are facing.

Cold Lake and District FCSS is located at 5220 – 54 Street and can be contacted at 780-594-4495 or via email at fcss@coldlake.com. The Check-in Centre is effective immediately and will be open Monday to Friday, from 8:30 am to 8:00 pm. Any change in hours will be posted on the City’s website and social media accounts.

Anyone displaced by the wildfires is asked to check in so that the City can assist with Canadian Red Cross registration, and assess the needs of the evacuees in the community. Residents who know someone who is in the community are asked to make them aware of the Check-in Centre.

“We know that there is a strong connection between Cold Lake and Fort McMurray,” Mayor Craig Copeland said. “Many people from one community have family, friends and colleagues from the other. We know the people who have come to Cold Lake from Fort McMurray under these terrible circumstances have found a warm welcome and we thank our residents for the support and kindness they have shown.”

To date, the City of Cold Lake has not been asked by Alberta Emergency Management Agency to create a reception centre, but the City stands ready to do so if called upon.

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Thursday, May 5, 2016