RCMP to Assist in the Safe Re-entry of Fort McMurray Residents

Fort McMurray, AB – With the return of Fort McMurray residents scheduled to begin June 1, the RCMP is asking the public to help keep everyone safe during re-entry by following the guidelines provided in the RMWB Re-entry Information Booklet.

The RCMP along with other emergency responders played a key role in the safe evacuation of more than 85,000 residents and will now play a similar role in ensuring everyone returns home safely.

“The RCMP’s main priority in assisting with the staged re-entry of Fort McMurray residents is to ensure that everyone gets home safely,” said Superintendent and Officer-in-Charge of the Wood Buffalo RCMP Rob McCloy. “We also want to make sure that returning residents have the information they need as soon as they return home.”

The Wood Buffalo (Fort McMurray) RCMP detachment is fully operational and full police services will be provided to residents.

If you return home and it appears some type of criminal activity has taken place, call the RCMP’s complaint line at 780-788-4040. Report all emergencies by calling 9-1-1.

Areas deemed unsafe in Fort McMurray will be fenced off to prevent the public from accessing these locations and the number of police patrols in the area will be increased to ensure public safety.

Seven information centres have been set up throughout the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo to offer residents support and resources in one setting.

The two main information centres are located at the Fort McMurray Composite High School and the Westwood YMCA. Addresses for all information centres is included below.

  1. Fort McMurray Composite High School

9803 King Street, Fort McMurray

  1. Westwood High School/YMCA

221 Tundra Drive, Fort McMurray

  1. Vista Ridge

1 Spruce Valley, Saprae Creek

  1. Holy Trinity High School

230 Powder Drive, Fort McMurray

  1. Eagle Ridge Community Centre

301 Sparrow Hawk Drive, Fort McMurray

  1. Anzac Community Hall

105B-4 Christina Drive, Anzac

  1. Oil Sands Discovery Centre

515 MacKenzie Boulevard, Fort McMurray

Below is a list of numbers to keep handy to assist in non-police situations:

Mental Health Line1-877-303-2642

Insurance Bureau of Canada1-844-227-5422

Temporary Housing Benefits780-310-4455

Pets – Contact animal control branch www.albertaspca.org

Seniors Financial Assistance877-655-9992

Aboriginal Support587-645-3437 or the after-hours line at 1-800-638-0715

GOC Employment Insurancewww.servicecanada.gc.ca

Road Closures – For the most up to date information, visit www.511.alberta.ca or call 5-1-1

Abandoned Vehicles within Fort McMurray – 780-310-4455

Abandoned vehicles on Hwy. 63 south of the Hwy.63/881 junction – 1-877-671-2717

Abandoned vehicles on Hwy. 881 and on Hwy. 63 north of the Hwy. 63/881 junction may have been towed to a secure yard within Fort McMurray. Recovery of vehicles from this storage yard is currently suspended. More details will be provided once available.

“We understand this has been an extremely difficult time for the residents of Fort McMurray, but we will get through this,” said Supt. McCloy. “This incredibly resilient community will come together to rebuild and the RCMP looks forward to assisting in this next phase.”