Debit cards are being issued to people who have been evacuated from Fort McMurray and other northern Alberta communities due to wildfire.
Residents will be able to receive $1250 per adult and $500 per child are one-time emergency paymets.
The debit cards are available at a number of locations and a link to view them is here.
Although more debit card locations will be added in the coming days, after May 20, emergency financial assistance will move to Alberta Works offices. More information will come in the following days.
Premier Rachel Notley says lineups at the card distribution centres will be long and in order to allow for immediate distribution to people who are in most urgent need, the province is asking evacuees who aren’t in dire need of these funds to wait a few days before claiming them.
Only one family member is needed to pick up the cards as long as he or she has the proper and Red Cross registration numbers. Details can be found here.
Notley says the funds will be available for some time, and no eligible evacuee will miss out.
At the same time, the Red Cross is distributing $600 per adult and $300 per child.
The money is mostly being distributed through email transfers.
At a press conference this morning, Red Cross officials said those who do not receive an online payment because they do not have a bank account or email address can rest assured that Red Cross is working hard to contact them.
Red Cross listed alternate arrangements for seniors, individuals with mobility issues, people with special needs, those unable to visit a debit card location due to hospitalization or other concern, and evacuees staying in another area or outside Alberta.
Call 310-4455 (1-844-406-3276 outside of Alberta) to make arrangements.
An online application process is not available.