Thursday, July 18, 2024

Helping Fort McMurray

The Fort McMurray situation has left us all saddened at the plight of our fellow Albertans and the loss within their community. The bravery of the first responders has avoided loss of life and most of the city remains free of damage. However, the rebuilding of infrastructure and homes will still be a long hard process. It is with this in mind the Alberta Construction Association has moved to action.

First off we are committed to working with the government in the rebuilding process to offer what help we can across our partnerships. This includes offering the use of ACCERT (the Alberta Consulting Contracting Emergency Response Team). ACCERT is jointly owned by ACA, the Consulting Architects of Alberta, the Consulting Engineers of Alberta, and the Alberta Roadbuilders and Heavy Construction Association. These partners created ACCERT after the Calgary flood as a procurement and project management service to supplement government resources stretched thin by a natural disaster. These critical programs can help in the present and in the future. The ACA has also approached the Fort McMurray Construction Association to ask how we can support them to resume operations.

In parallel to a $100,000 donation from the Calgary Construction Association, Local Construction Associations across the province are committing funds to the rebuilding. Alberta’s construction associations are challenging member firms and their employees to also donate.

If you would like to help you can do so by contacting your local association or through the following organizations

Canadian Red Cross

Salvation Army

Fort McMurray United Way

Wood Buffalo Food Bank

Individual charitable donations made within Canada to the Canadian Red Cross Alberta Fires Appeal between the dates of May 3 and 31, 2016 will be matched by the Federal Government.

Financial donations are the best option as in-kind donations are very complex and very logistically challenging. We can help make a difference to our fellow Albertans in this hour and the many more difficult ones to come.