21 Ways Albertans Are Proving They're Strong In The Face Of Disaster
In 2013 when floods tore through their province, the good people of Alberta showed the rest of Canada their resilience.
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Now faced with a new disaster in Fort McMurray we're reminded once again: Alberta is strong as hell.
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More than 80,000 people had to flee Fort McMurray, driving through apocalyptic scenes like this. It was terrifying. It was scorching. But they did it.
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With traffic moving slowly and gas running low, people had to abandon their cars on the side of the road to escape the smoke and flames. But they weren't left to fend for themselves — many were quickly picked up by anyone who had space.
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Seriously, people are just loading up their cars with supplies and driving to where they're needed.
Because all they want to do is help.
With thousands of people needing a place to stay, the towns and First Nations surrounding Fort McMurray opened their doors.
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Then there's all the people ready and willing to welcome evacuees into their homes using the hashtag #ymmhelps.
Among all those thousands of people are all their pets, as well. But Alberta it taking care of them, too, whether by providing hydration along the road...
Or by giving them a safe place to stay.
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This is Dale Kossey with his three dogs Elmo, Gizmo, and Lacey resting at an evacuation centre in Anzac.
Or by recusing pets that had to be left behind. An Imgur user said he broke into a home in the evacuation zone, at the owner's request, to save these three cats.
Airbnb has also
enacted their disaster response, which means service fees have been waived and those with space can list accommodations for $0 until May 21.
Across the province, people have been rushing to stores to get basic necessities like toothpaste and soap for people they've never even met.
Even the newest Albertans are ready to pitch in. A callout for donations on a Facebook group for
Syrian refugees in Calgary has now been shared hundreds of times.
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"Canadians have provided us with everything and now we have a duty."
But even all that is just a small slice of the incredible outpouring of support for those affected by the fires.
When things turn from bad to worse, Albertans don't back down.
And they take care of their own.
Because Albertans are strong as hell.
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