Message from The Premier of Alberta
The wildfires in northern Alberta have left the residents of Fort McMurray and other northern communities with a number of challenges. Some left their homes with little more than the clothes on their backs.
As residents return to Fort McMurray and begin to rebuild, they will have to call on the strength they have shown so abundantly throughout this disaster – tremendous courage under the most difficult of circumstances.
The road ahead is a long one. There is still a lot of work to be done to rebuild Wood Buffalo. I encourage you to continue to support each other and work together as a community in the spirit that you have demonstrated over the last difficult weeks.
Every Albertan is incredibly grateful to our first responders. Their fast action, hard work, and dedication saved almost 90 per cent of this city and safely evacuated thousands of families.
I also to want to extend my sincere thanks to the municipal and provincial staff, Canadian Red Cross volunteers, and utility and energy companies for their tremendous efforts in our time of crisis. As an Albertan, it makes me proud to see so many parts of our community step forward. Your generosity, spirit, and commitment to community are sincerely appreciated.
In tough times, Albertans pull together. We address the challenges before us and emerge stronger as a whole. I am confident our provincial spirit will continue to shine brightly as Wood Buffalo rebuilds homes, businesses and communities. Welcome home!