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SAIT opens campus to evacuees

Close to 350 people evacuated from their homes in Fort McMurray remain sheltered in residence facilities at the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology (SAIT).

Through coordination with Calgary Emergency Management Agency (CEMA), SAIT Security and Residence teams worked around the clock since Tuesday, May 3 to ensure rooms were clean and available for displaced residents of the northern Alberta city.

"We're happy to help," says Wayne Gee, Director of Commercial Services at SAIT. "The SAIT community is rallying behind evacuees to provide as much comfort and support as possible during this difficult time."

In addition to providing food and shelter, SAIT Recreation has opened up Campus Centre wellness facilities to give evacuees a place to use the gym facilities, swimming pool or bowling alley to pass the time. And the SAIT library has books, board games, computers, phone chargers and study rooms available for our guests.

SAIT and Ambrose University College reception centres are both at capacity and evacuees are now being received at the University of Calgary.

How can you help right now?

  • Please don't overwhelm SAIT Residence with donations at this time. As further needs are identified, we'll ask for support.
  • Follow @SAIT on Twitter and Facebook for information updates.
  • Cash donations are being accepted by the Canadian Red Cross. The provincial and federal governments are both matching Red Cross donations to support the evacuees.

Visit calgary.ca/fortmcmurray for further updates.

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