Fort Mac fire puts employers in crisis modeCommunication, transparency critical in emergency: ExpertsBy Sarah Dobson05/30/2016|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 05/30/2016 For Candace Bernstein, May 3 started out with blue skies and sunshine in Fort McMurray. While she knew there was a forest fire in the area, she was busy working as an HR business partner at the office of the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo.Then the first email came in, around 1:25 pm. It was a press release from her employer telling residents about a temporary evacuation order because of the encroaching fire. Just 30 minutes later, it was a mandatory evacuation.“I walked to the other side of my building and I looked out the window and panic ensued,” said Bernstein. “All you see is a giant wall of thick, dark smoke and you kind of see the glowing from the flames.” To Read the Full Story, Subscribe or Sign In Remember Me Forgot Password If you are a current Subscriber, please click here to set-up or update your login information.