Tonight’s Town Hall Contained a lot of information about the re-entry and how things will work.
Scott long started us off with the statistics of the wild fire. “The wildfire grew north northeast away from the community and industrial sites due to warmer weather conditions.
There was minimal growth today and the wildfire is at 566 thousand hectares in Alberta and 3200 hectares in Saskatchewan.
To date no further damage to industrial facilities has occurred.
There are 1267 firefighters, 57 helicopters, 186 pieces of heavy equipment and over 180 km of fireguard built from the dozers.
Firefighters are securing hot spots around the community and the threat continually diminishes.
More than 1000 more firefighters are coming in the next 2 weeks.
Today 350 new firefighters arrived. Out of the 350 firefighters, 200 are from the US, 100 are from BC and 50 are from the Northwest Territories.” – Scott Long
As people called in or entered questions online, the following information was gathered:
-Plans are in place for critical services to be up and running for return.
-Electricity is more than 90% restored in the city.
“The RMWB and the provincial government will be committed to utilising local services and companies for the rebuild of Fort McMurray.” – Danielle Larivee
“You have a right to choose local. Your insurance company has to give you options in writing, make it clear you want local services.” – Insurance Representative
-If you received double the Red Cross funds, please return it and bring it to Red Cross’s attention.
-If you have not received your Red Cross funding, contact Red Cross at 1-888-350-6070.
-Insurance companies will offer additional living expenses if your home is damaged. If there are any other issues, it is on a case-by-case basis and they ask you to please contact them to start the conversation.
-How will people get their animals back to Fort McMurray under special circumstance? “All the care it took to get them out will get them back in.” – Scott Long
-RCMP will increase presence on the roads upon re-entry dates. There is about a 60% expected arrival on the re-entry dates so the Fort McMurray RCMP will help with traffic.
-There is no mandate on fridges and freezers; it is your personal decision whether you want to throw them out or not, but please take precaution.
-Waving of all dump fees in effect until end of June.
-You will be receiving an orange placard to signal that you are there and ready to have gas turned on, and officials will be going around neighbourhood by neighbourhood to help residents when they see the orange placard. It could take a couple of days.
-There is no one checking air quality inside houses, that is up to you to decide if it safe or not to stay.
-Debit card locations have moved to Alberta Works Centres. Offices are open from 8:30 am to 4:15 pm daily.
– Taylor Rey