Samaritan's Purse ready to help Fort McMurray evacuees return home (May 19, 2016)

Written by Sandra Prusina

Published by 660 News on Thursday, May 19, 2016

A convoy is heading to Fort McMurray from Calgary, so Samaritan’s Pursecan prepare for the return of displaced residents.

Spokesperson Frank King says the organization will be providing a number of resources.

“Samaritan’s Purse’s volunteers can start helping people sift through the rubble of their homes, clear debris, and also for Billy Graham Rapid Response Team chaplains to provide emotional, spiritual support. These chaplains are all specially trained for this kind of thing,” King said.

The tractors will include things like shovels, generators and wheelbarrows.

“That’s going to be our disaster-relief unit. It’s a tractor-trailer. We’re also going to have several pickup trucks, including one that’s going to be taking a mobile shower unit for volunteers, because we’re expecting that there may not be water for anybody,” he said. “We’re also taking up a Bobcat, and that Bobcat will be used to move debris off of properties.”

On Wednesday, Premier Rachel Notley announced a voluntary and phased return to Fort McMurray would begin June 1st, as long as all safety criteria for re-entry are met.