High Level Fire Update

May 31, 2019

Dear High Level Colleague

As the second week of the evacuation of High Level comes to an end, I wanted to touch base. The AMA Board of Directors is meeting today and your plight was discussed. You have our sympathy and best wishes for a swift, safe return to your community.

In the meantime, we can continue to offer information that may be helpful:

  • If you or your family members are experiencing personal distress and need assistance, don’t forget that the AMA’s confidential Physician and Family Support Program is available 24/7: 1.877.SOS.4MDS (767.4637)
  • You and your family members will be eligible for an amount from the provincial government, per person to help cover evacuation expenses. Find information here: https://www.alberta.ca/emergency.aspx
  • You may wish to check your insurance policy; many physicians in the Fort McMurray fire who had business interruption coverage in their plans were able to receive reimbursements. The AMA’s endorsed provider for this type of coverage is Mardon. If you have coverage with the firm, the phone number is toll free 1.866.846.4467.
  • We have created a banner on the the AMA website where we will post information as it comes available. https://www.albertadoctors.org/news/news-archives/high-level-fire-update
  • The College of Physicians & Surgeons of Alberta has posted information on seeking assistance with respect to managing professional requirements such as medical records and advice on where patients can seek assistance. http://www.cpsa.ca/high-level-wildfires-information-may-23-2019

We will stay in touch.

Regards
Alison M. Clarke, MD, CCFP, FCFP 
President

May 28th, 2019

AMA members may be wondering how colleagues from High Level are fairing in the current wildfire evacuation. On Friday the AMA reached out to offer assistance and provide some information resources. The message appears below:

Dear High Level physician:

On behalf of the Alberta Medical Association, I am writing to let you know that we are thinking of you during the wildfire evacuation. Everyone in the province is hoping that the fires will soon be under control so that you can return to your home community.

If there is anything that the AMA can do for you at this time, please don’t hesitate to ask. I have provided some information that may be useful, below.

I am sending this message to those physicians listed as High Level residents in our membership system. Please feel free to share it if you are speaking with any colleagues who may not have received it.

Our very best wishes are with you, your family and community. We will be watching.

Regards
Alison M. Clarke, MD, CCFP, FCFP 
President

NOTES

In case you have not already received it, here is a link to the government’s information page that contains a great deal of useful information for evacuees. https://www.alberta.ca/emergency.aspx  

I don’t know if you deal with the AMA’s endorsed home and auto insurance provider TD Insurance — and hopefully you will have no need for their assistance. If you have any questions about your coverage, here is the dedicated line for AMA members: 1-844-859-6566

I understand that the College of Physicians & Surgeons of Alberta has reached or will be reaching out to offer support for any regulatory requirements relating to evacuation

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