There’s a provincial state of emergency in British Columbia as wildfires remain out of control in the province’s interior, with over 14,000 people forced to evacuate from their homes.
Wireless carriers Rogers and TELUS have announced their part to help evacuees by waiving wireless overages, in the form of minutes, text messages and data.
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Rogers told their media publication, CityNews, wireless service is trying to be maintained in affected wildfire areas in B.C., with overages being waived until July 21. The company is also donating $25,000 to the Canadian Red Cross towards their forest fire relief fund.
For our customers from areas evacuated due to #BCwildfire, we’re waiving domestic voice, text and data overages until July 21. Stay safe.
— Rogers (@Rogers) July 9, 2017
TELUS tweeted out they are similarly waiving overages for wireless calls, text messages and data until July 21. The company will match all donations to the Red Cross up to $25,000, when users text FIRES to 45678, which will donate $10 to the Red Cross Canada’s fire relief fund.
TELUS cares: we're offering free calls/texts to all customers evacuated due to BC wildfires through July 21. Please stay safe!
— TELUS (@TELUS) July 8, 2017
Rogers and Bell customers can also text FIRE to 45678 to donate $10 towards Red Cross fire relief efforts.