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This page contains our latest updates on the Fort McMurray fires. Information will be published here as it becomes available.

May 27, 2016

The Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo (RMWB) has published an overview of re-entry timelines and maps to support the voluntary, phased re-entry for the safe return of Fort McMurray residents, tentatively scheduled to begin on June 1, so long as wildfire conditions do not delay restoration efforts.

The RMWB will be working hard over the next days and weeks to restore services to residents. The re-entry schedule and details for residents will be available online at www.emergency.alberta.ca  and www.rmwb.ca/reentry

An update for the Fort McMurray Area Oilsands Camps can be found at http://bit.ly/1Txmbqo

Rapid Damage Assessment teams have largely completed their inspections of properties impacted by the wildfire. These assessments were carried out by Safety Codes Officers from the RMWB and other locations in Alberta. The results of those inspections, along with pictometry, can be accessed using the Fire Assessment Tool: http://firemap.rmwb.ca/

SGS Employees

For SGS Canada employees interested in contributing donations, we continue to encourage you to take advantage of the government’s commitment to match funds through the Canadian Red Cross: http://bit.ly/1XuoOy4 

SGS Business Operations

The business operations of SGS in the region will be restarted in phases. These restart days may not necessarily realign with the dates in which persons are allowed to return to the residential area of Fort McMurray. Please communicate with your supervisor with respect to any restart date of actual work on your assigned project.

Thank you.

James McFarlane

Vice President, Industrial Services

 

May 10, 2016

As forest fires continue in Wood Buffalo and now move further north, SGS Canada remains focused on the safety of the community, our employees and their families.

Officials stress that Fort McMurray is still under a mandatory evacuation order. Alberta Premiere Rachel Notley said it was still dangerous for anyone who isn’t a first responder to be in the city.

There is no concrete information about the status of the SGS facility in the city and until we can survey the situation in person, we will not know for sure. Our business is communicating with each client to determine where work is continuing and/or being reinstated. Our clients also have to work with the authorities to determine when they can resume business as the infrastructure (i.e. power grid) must be able to support operations. If our client(s) can accommodate SGS resources with transportation and lodging we may be able to return to some level of service.

There will be no decision on when our employees can return to the city until an official communication is released. The media has reported that the infrastructure will be assessed to determine if and when it can support the community, as the power and water supply have been impacted. Infrastructure and certain services will need to be re-established (i.e. water treatment, hospital, grocery stores, etc.) to support residents returning to the city.

Our leadership team on-the-ground is working hard accounting for our staff and communicating directly with the employees affected. No matter where you are, we strongly recommend that you register yourself and your family at www.redcross.ca.

Anyone wanting to make a donation to the Alberta Fires Appeal can do so through the official channel, by visiting www.redcross.ca. Government officials announced last week that they will match every donation, dollar-for-dollar.

More updates will be provided as the situation progresses. Visit our Facebook page for updates at https://www.facebook.com/SGSCanadaFortMcMurray.

Evacuee Checklist

  • Ensure you register with the Red Cross
  • Consider the following for your housing and mortgage needs:
    • Contact your financial institution directly regarding your residential mortgage and inform them of your situation. Be sure to ask for information about items such as property taxes, home protection insurance and eligibility for waived or deferred payments
    • Contact your utility company to check if they are suspending billing for residents of Fort McMurray
    • Contact your cell phone provider to ask about waiving extra data charges
    • Collect all receipts during your evacuation to present to your insurance company, as some expenses might be covered
    • Visit the Alberta Government page for Emergencies for a list of resources and regional updates

For all media inquiries, please contact Fulvio Martinez by calling (647) 929-0411.

May 6, 2016

As of May 5th, the Fort McMurray area has been officially declared a state-of-emergency by the Premiere of Alberta and about 88,000 people have been successfully evacuated to temporary shelters in surrounding communities. First responders, aided by 12 helicopters and 17 air tankers, will continue to battle the flames.

The SGS Response Management Team, led by James MacFarlane, is responding to the fires around Fort McMurray. Safety is the number one concern and we are doing what we can to ensure the safety and well-being of our employees, their families and members of the broader community.

Our office located in the Mackenzie Industrial Park, was still standing late Wednesday night as the fire approached the Fort McMurray International Airport, we are monitoring the situation closely in case anything changes. Our Response Management Team will be assessing the situation next to see that our employees immediate needs have been addressed.

We will release more information in the coming days with updates on the situation.

For the most up-to-date information on the wild fire and evacuations, please visit:

For all media inquiries, please contact Fulvio Martinez by calling (647) 929-0411. 

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