Fires - how you can help

British Columbians are pulling together to help evacuees and fire victims across the province.

Here are several ways you can help.

The Canadian Red Cross is supporting the provincial government in providing relief in fire zones. A B.C. Fires Appeal will help provide immediate relief, such as cots, blankets, family reunification and financial assistance for food, clothing and personal needs.

Learn more and donate here.

Evacuees are urged to register with the Red Cross, even if aid is not required. Registering will allow family and friends to know the whereabouts of loved ones and that they are safe. To register, call 1-800-863-6582.

Other campaigns include:

Municipalities and evacuation centres may not be able to accept or manage material donations. The province is developing a plan to manage assistance that has been offered.

When donating, avoid giving cash or using wire transfer services. Cheques should be made out to an organization, not an individual. Donations made online should only be done on secure websites.

When asked for donations (over the phone, through an email or in person), ask the canvasser for identification or printed information about the charity.

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