OUR HISTORY

The Edmonton Emergency Relief Services Society over the years has spear headed the relief efforts for all of Alberta's Major disasters since the 1987 Black Friday tornado. Below are brief descriptions of the events and how we helped during these dark days.

1987 - Black Friday tornado

The Edmonton tornado of 1987, an event also known as Black Friday to Edmontonians, was a powerful and devastating tornado that ripped through the eastern part of Edmonton, Alberta, Canada and parts of neighboring Strathcona County on the afternoon of friday July.31/1987.

 

Red River Floods (Manitoba) - 1997

The Red River Flood of 1997 was a major flood that occurred in April and May 1997, along the Red River North in North Dakota, Minnesota, and Southern Manitoba. It was the most severe flood of the river since 1826. The flood reached throughout the Red River Valley, affecting the cities of Fargo, and Winnepeg, but none so greatly as in Grand Forks, and East Grand Forks. 

 

2011 - Slave Lake WildFire

The 2011 Slave Lake Wildfire was a large fire that burned through the town of Slave Lake, Alberta, Canada and it's surrounding area from Saturday May.11/2011 through Monday May.16/2011.