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Fort McMurray wildfire: ‘no lines’ at Strathcona County debit card distribution centre

Strathcona County opens 'The Welcome Centre' for displaced Fort McMurray evacuees. Strathcona County

EDMONTON – Fort McMurray evacuees who have yet to pick-up their preloaded debit cards from the Province can now do so in Strathcona County.

On Saturday the County opened a ‘Welcome Centre’ for Fort McMurray residents displaced by the wildfires.

The centre is located in the Agora at 401 Festival Lane in Sherwood Park and is open daily from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily until May 20th.

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The centre offers several resources along with up-to-date information for those affected by the fires in Fort McMurray.

“We have been working with those affected by the fire to find out what we can do to help meet their immediate and upcoming needs,” Mayor Roxanne Carr said. “We heard the need for a gathering place that brings together local resources and agencies. Together with our community partners, we can help address questions and next steps our guests may be having while they are staying in Strathcona County.”

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Thousands of evacuees are now seeking refuge in Sherwood Park, staying with family, in temporary accommodations and in local RV parks.

The Welcome Centre offers displaced residents the opportunity to connect with other evacuees. The centre also includes refreshments, free wifi along with space for children to play.

Trained staff onsite also provide information on emotional and mental health support services, local school options and local support services.

The centre is not open to the public.

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