A charity watchdog organisation in Canada has raised a question about support by government for the small, local efforts to provide assistance during this huge evacuation. The suggestion is that the Canadian Red Cross gets a large proportion of the assistance -- the Canadian government matching what the CRC raises Dollar for Dollar -- but only a small amount goes to local groups not affiliated with the Red Cross. Citing earlier experiences, the watchdog representation said,"In the 2013 Alberta floods the Red Cross received $43 million, local charities received less than two per cent of that yet they had to do the bulk of the work."
This issue, about which I can't judge one way or the other but simply pass along, further complicates the assessment of the response and may further validate Ilan's provisional answer to the 'success or not question': mixed!
See: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/calgary/fort-mcmurray-fire-charity-donation-red-cross-1.3571749 .
Dr. Ben Wisner
Aon-Benfield UCL Hazard Research Centre, University College London, UK
& Sokoine University of Agriculture, Morogoro, Tanzania
& Environmental Studies Program, Oberlin College, Oberlin, OH, USA
"People don't care how much you know until they know how much you care."