5:00 am – Update regarding Off Site Transportation
We would like to thank all of the Albian Site Camp Guests for their patience and helpfulness through the current wildfire situation. There have been many acts of kindness over the past few hours that demonstrate the true spirit of Fort McMurray residents in this time of need and your support and calmness are appreciated.
Shell has opened the Albian Village camp to Fort McMurray residents who are seeking shelter with a focus on safety and protection. As a result we have approximately, 2200 people staying in camp at this time.
We have temporarily ceased Plant Operations at MRM and JPM, however, we have fire watch and critical operations still ongoing. All Shell Employees are encouraged to evacuate the region unless explicitly asked by their Supervisor to stay for support. In particular, Mine Operations and Mine Maintenance personnel must contact their Supervisor to understand the support requirement.
There will be a total of 21 flights leaving the Albian Aerodrome today with departures starting at 7:25 am. To register for a flight, please proceed to the Albian Village Auditorium located on the Second Floor in the Main Albian Camp Complex. Again, we ask for your patience as people with critical health issues and families with small children will be given priority. Once you have been assigned a flight please proceed calmly at your assigned time to the bus transfer area in front of the Camp lobby which will shuttle you to the Aerodrome.
There will be response teams in Edmonton and Calgary to meet those who are evacuated. Employee Assistance Program support is available to support our people at the Calgary and Edmonton airport along with response teams who will assist with accommodations.
Highway 63 southbound of our site is open, however, while the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo and the RCMP will allow southbound travel out of the region, stopping in Fort McMurray is not allowed.
Vehicle travel is not encouraged for safety reasons, however, if you choose to drive, ensure you have enough supplies and fuel as traffic continues to be congested and slow. Please exercise caution and patience. If you need fuel and want to depart Shell site in your vehicle, please proceed to the overflow parking lot at the Albian Village to receive fuel – Shell response staff can help direct you to this location.
Thank you again for your patience. Please continue to look out for one another and be safe – now is not time to take unnecessary risks.
For those employees who do not have frequent access to e-mail, we have activated an information line with a recording that will be updated following any new or changing information: 1-877-691-2008