Lessons from the McLure fire, such as the need for greater transparency to dispel rumours, have dramatically changed how emergencies are handled. Information is the No. 1 thing evacuees seek, and it's important to help them manage the uncertainty once they are safe, [Cox] said.
"It's normal in a situation like this to feel incredibly stressed, fearful, upset," Cox said. "It's also very common for the best part of humanity to come out. There will be a strong sense of community of caring and connection amongst those who've been evacuated and some people who are offering them help."