Wildfires: How to Help

TELUS Employee
TELUS Employee

I grew up on a farm. Cows, horses, ducks and chickens - The real deal. Our farm was at the foot of a mountain and the threat of fire in the summer was always on our minds.

 

As a Client Care Representative, I’m often one of the first points of contact for customers and it breaks my heart to hear about the wildfires affecting so many people, and as an animal lover I can’t imagine how tough it might be to find help with your pets and farm animals.

 

I want to help. I’ve compiled a list of resources to assist those affected - both human and critter alike.

 

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Preparing

 

In addition to an emergency kit, there a few things you can do to prepare your home and family in the event of a wildfire.

 

Emergency Preparedness Guide

Before a Wildfire

Preparing for Possible Evacuation

During a Wildfire

 

 

Local Wildfire Resources

If you’re in a high-risk community, here are some government resources to point you in the right direction:

 

Ontario

Reporting a Wildfire

Current Wildfire Status

Ontario Wildfire Map

 

British Columbia

Reporting a Wildfire

Current Wildfire Status

BC Wildfire Map

 

Alberta

Reporting a Wildfire

Current Wildfire Status

 

How to help during the Wildfires

Donate

Canadian Red Cross BC Fires Appeal

Canadian Red Cross Alberta Fires Appeal

 

Donate $10 to the Canadian Red Cross by texting FIRES to 45678.

 

If you’re able to help temporarily house farm animals or if you have transport for livestock, post in the BC & Alberta Emergency Livestock Animal Evacuation Group.

 

Donate to Horse Council BC’s Animal Disaster Relief Fund to support displaced horses, livestock and pets

 

 

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Stay Safe

There are many resources available on the internet and I hope I’ve helped you get started. The most important thing is to stay safe and take care of each other.

 

 

Need Assistance?

If you have been displaced by the wildfire activity and need assistance with your account please feel free to contact us via the following link: Contact Us.

 

-Wendy

 

Have other tips? Leave them below and we’ll update the list.

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Community Power User
Community Power User

For those sensitive to smoke, check out this link that forecasts where the smoke is going.  http://firesmoke.ca/

 

Remember, wildfires happen in the USA as well.  This site shows cross border smoke.