With demand at the Cold Lake Check-in Centre for people displaced by the Fort McMurray wildfires steadying, the centre will now be open Monday-Friday from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm.
As of Sunday, May 8, there were 395 registrations. Staff members at FCSS are helping evacuees register with the Canadian Red Cross and are helping to put evacuees in need of help in touch with organizations and individuals who have offered donations and assistance. “We can’t thank our staff enough for their hard work or the community for the support they’ve shown,” Chief Administrative Officer Kevin Nagoya said. “The Check-in Centre has allowed the community to touch base with Fort McMurray residents who are in Cold Lake and are helping everyone get the assistance they need.”
The Check-in Centre will remain open at the Cold Lake and District FCSS, located at 5220 – 54 Street, during regular operating hours (Monday to Friday, 8:30 am to 4:30 pm). Cold Lake and District FCSS can be reached at 780-594-4495, or via email at [email protected].
The two five-member Cold Lake Fire-Rescue Crews have been rotated out by a third, leaving the services’ contribution at one five-member crew.
The Cold Lake Energy Centre has also opened its doors to wildfire evacuees, with showers available for those in need of the facility.
The City of Cold Lake has not been asked to establish a formal registration centre or evacuation centre but remains ready to do so. The Check-in Centre will maintain operations as long as there is demand.
People who would like to make local donations are asked to donate to the Cold Lake Food Bank. Donations of cash, non-perishable food and other basic necessities that are new can be arranged by calling 780-201-6589.
*Press Release from the City of Cold Lake