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Getting mail to Fort McMurray wildfire evacuees: Canada Post’s emergency measures

A distorted view of a Canada Post super mailbox in a new suburban development, Calgary, Alta., August 20, 2013. THE CANADIAN PRESS IMAGES/Bayne Stanley.
A distorted view of a Canada Post super mailbox in a new suburban development, Calgary, Alta., August 20, 2013. THE CANADIAN PRESS IMAGES/Bayne Stanley. THE CANADIAN PRESS IMAGES/Bayne Stanley

Displaced Fort McMurray residents can pick up their Canada Child Tax Benefit and Universal Child Care Benefit cheques in Edmonton on Friday, Saturday and Tuesday.

To do so, cheque recipients must provide a government-issued ID.

Evacuees going to pick up these cheques are asked to go to the main entrance of the Telus World of Science Edmonton from 12 p.m. To 8 p.m. on Friday, May 20 and Saturday May 21 and from 12 p.m. until 5 p.m. on Tuesday, May 24. Free parking is available.

For those evacuees who have still not received their Red Cross financial aid, it can now be picked up at any post office across Canada.

The Fort McMurray wildfire may have disrupted life as we know it in northeastern Alberta, but it hasn’t stopped the flow of mail.

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Last week, Canada Post put emergency measures in place to help restore mail and parcel delivery to displaced residents of Fort McMurray, Anzac and Fort MacKay as soon as possible.

Evacuees are asked to register for mail forwarding service. Canada Post said it’s important not just for ongoing mail and parcels, but it also provides a vital link with government and relief agencies going forward.

READ MORE: Red Cross, Alberta to release emergency funding details

By registering, Canada Post said it will be able to ship mail and parcels to a different address selected by the customer, as well as reprocess and ship existing mail and parcels. This can be done on a short-term basis or for longer periods, even if the address is temporary.

Fort McMurray residents whose postal code starts with the following three digits are eligible: T9H, T9J and T9K.

As well, affected Anzac residents with the postal code T0P 1J0 and Fort MacKay residents with the postal code T0P 1C0 are also eligible.

READ MORE: Where Fort McMurray fire evacuees can get help and information

If anyone requires urgent access to critical items, such as medications or passports, they can call 1 800-267-1177.

If residents are looking for a secure place to send any future items they purchase online, they can also sign up for the flex delivery service for free.

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To register for the mail forwarding service, evacuees can visit any post office across the country or sign up online.

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