Fort McMurray Wildfire Update
May 10, 2016 - It has been a week since the Fort McMurray wildfire forced a mandatory evacuation of our community. The Fort McMurray Chamber of Commerce has set-up a temporary office at the Leduc Regional Chamber for the interim and we will be continuing to operate as best as possible during this time.
The Chamber understands that this is a difficult time for many of our members. As such we would like to encourage business owners to contact us if they are looking for assistance. We will continue to send out up-to-date information throughout the upcoming weeks.
The Fort McMurray Chamber is working closely with the Alberta Chambers, Canadian Chambers, multiple levels of government and community partners to provide you with pertinent information as it becomes available to us. We will be attending the Alberta Chambers of Commerce in Red Deer this weekend and we will be advocating on behalf of our membership.
We will continue to work closely with Chambers which have experienced similar situations in the past to provide a network for our members where you can access advice and ask questions from businesses who have underwent similar problems due to a natural disaster. Inquiries about when and how you can get back into the region can be answered by contacting the Provincial Operations Center (POC) at 1-866-618-2362. http://www.aema.alberta.ca/provinicial-operations-centre
Is your business looking for temporary office space? The Fort McMurray Chamber has received numerous offers of office space to extend to our membership. If you are looking for temporary office space please email Alexis at firstname.lastname@example.org
We would like to encourage all members to reach out to your insurance provider as soon as possible.
Chambers Plan Prairie Region and all our affiliates send heartfelt thoughts to everyone affected by the devastating fires in the Fort McMurray area. Our deepest sympathy to all those affected.
Through our Business Assistance Service (BAS), which is included in every Plan, the provider ArÍte has put their entire network of counsellors on standby to support our clients affected by this overwhelming situation. The Fort McMurray fire will affect more than just physical property. Residents and even those living outside the danger area can be affected by fear, anxiety, a sense of loss and uncertainty.
ArÍte's professional counsellors can assist clients with working through immediate and longer term concerns. Toll free: 877-412-7483 877-922-8646