This wasn’t the post I had planned today, I was supposed to be talking about what I’m loving this month. I’m really struggling to find my words with the devastation happening in our province so instead, I’m thinking out loud about the fires in Northern Alberta.
- I’ve spent the last three days scrolling through these horrific images of an entire city being evacuated in near tears. 88,000 people were successfully evacuated from Fort McMurray, and to my knowledge, there have been no deaths from this fire. That is a lot of people to move when there is only one way out. It’s hard to formulate just how terrifying it would have been leaving everything behind and fleeing with flames literally nipping at your heels. This series of 6 dashcam videos is just unbelievable.
- To put in perspective, this fire is the size of Calgary, which is the same physical size of New York City.
- I’ve been filling pages upon pages of my gratitude journal the last couple evenings because I really am truly grateful for everything when so many people have lost everything. I feel like everything else ‘normal’ happening is so useless and unimportant. It’s hard scrolling through social media not just seeing the images and videos of the fire and it’s destruction, but for all the trivial bullshit that fill some people’s feeds. It’s hard to talk about weekend plans when thousands of people’s weekend will be spent in chaos.
- Why Helping Hurts: Why You Should Never Donate Physical Goods During a Disaster.
- I wish there was more that I could do to help because donating to the Red Cross from my smartphone just doesn’t feel like enough. On top of financial contributions, I will be hoping for rain. It’s dry throughout the entire province, which means the threat of fire is everywhere.
- Fort McMurray isn’t just that controversial place where we get our oil. It’s home to thousands of families. Rachel shares her memories growing up there.
I’ve been staring at this screen for over an hour now trying to find more words, but this is all I can muster.