Gearing up for winter PART 3…

Hey everyone, we have posted about driving safety and about home maintenance to prepare for winter — and to finish off our series on “gearing up for winter” we are sharing information about extreme weather!

While there are benefits to being able to be outdoors enjoying winter activities, it’s important to be aware of the dangers of winter cold. This article posted on the Government of Canada website talks about extreme cold, and the factors that may make some people more vulnerable than others. It’s important to know about windburn, frostbite, and hypothermia, as well as how to mitigate these risks.

You can also be prepared for different kinds of winter weather (including storms). There is an article here that touches on winter storm preparedness, equipment, and cleanup.

Stay safe!

Fire Prevention Week!

Hey everyone, it’s Fire Prevention Week! The National Fire Protection Association theme this year is LEARN THE SOUNDS OF FIRE SAFETY, and they have a great resource that helps explain the sounds you may hear coming from your smoke and/or carbon monoxide alarm. You can download it below. There is also a Frequently Asked Questions page here.

There’s also this page with helpful ideas for those who may need a different kind of alarm.

The City of Kelowna has a great fire prevention webpage full of information and resources, as well as a helpful videos from the Kelowna Fire Department that explain smoke and carbon monoxide alarm requirements and maintenance, and kitchen fire safety. Check those out below!

Gearing up for winter PART 2…

Hey everyone, we posted last week about being prepared for winter conditions when you drive — and this week we are sharing resources to prepare your home for winter conditions!

There are many lists of home maintenance tasks available online that will help you get your home ready for winter, like this one from CBC News, this one from the Government of Canada website about keeping the heat in, this one on the Home Depot website, or this one from the David Suzuki Foundation that focusses on making your home energy efficient for winter.

Most resources agree, by doing some proactive maintenance tasks in advance of freezing weather you can prevent damage and stay safe over the winter.

Stay safe!

Coping with Natural Disaster stress…

Hey everyone, CLBC’s August 27th update had some great information and resources to help cope with stress caused by natural disasters. Wildfires and floods can be a major source of stress and anxiety. If you are feeling stressed or anxious, know that you are not alone. The Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) has a website dedicated to information and resources to help.

There are also free, confidential support and crisis lines available 24/7:

CLBC Update for Individuals & Families

Hey everyone, CLBC’s update for August 27th is now posted. All CLBC updates are posted on their website here and you can sign up to get updates using the link to the sign up page.

Highlights included this update:

EVACUATIONS: Emergency Support Services (ESS)

Hi all, there is a new way to get into contact with Emergency Support Services (ESS) if you are affected by wildfire. You can call 1-833-498-3770 to register and access assistance from Emergency Support Services, such as for lodging and food.

A reminder, too, that the ESS reception centre in the Kelowna area is physically located at 1480 Sutherland Ave.

EVACUATIONS: More orders, more on alert…

Hey everyone, there have been more evacuation orders and more evacuation alerts overnight for the Mount Law wildfire (between West Kelowna and Peachland). Please check the new information (below) and pass it along to anyone affected.

News Release No. 7 Central Okanagan, B.C. —  An additional 18 properties in the Regional District of the Central Okanagan and Peachland have been added to the Evacuation Alert area for the Mount Law Fire.

Properties added to the existing alert area are inclusive of 4740 Trepanier Road (northwest end) to 4980 Trepanier Road (southeast end) and include:

  • 4850 to 4855 MacKinnon Road
  • 4802 to 4995 Trepanier Road
  • 4902 to 4975 Star Place

Residents in the Alert areas are advised to be ready to leave their home at a moment’s notice. They should be prepared to be away from their home for an extended period of time, pre-register with ESS online at ess.gov.bc.ca, make arrangements for pets and pack essential items such as medicines and important documents.

The EOC has also expanded an Evacuation Order onto crown land in the southeast corner of the Mount Law fire. This expansion Order does not include any private property. The Gorman Mill site remains under evacuation alert.

All other Evacuation Alerts and Orders remain in effect. For a map of the affected properties in the Central Okanagan, visit cordemergency.ca/map.

ADVISORY: Stay off highways…

Hey everyone, the Ministry of Transportation is urging people to stay off wildfire-affected highways for non-essential travel.

In particular, all major highways into the Thompson/Okanagan are impacted in some way by wildfires. The Ministry says fire conditions are changing quickly, so they cannot guarantee drivers will have advanced notice of any more road closures. In addition, non-essential travel on key roads can get in the way of evacuations.

The Ministry’s update advises that, if you have to travel on Interior highways near wildfires, you should make sure you are prepared for possible delays or closures:

  • travel with a full tank of gas
  • bring food and water
  • carry emergency supplies

You can check out updates on the DriveBC website for the most current road information here.

EVACUATION ORDER: Mount Law Wildfire

Hey everyone, new evacuation alerts and evacuation orders have been put into place for the Mount Law wildfire just outside of West Kelowna and Peachland. Check out the information below from Central Okanagan Emergency Operations. There’s also a live map link here, and a link to the latest updates here.

News Release No. 5 Central Okanagan, B.C. — The Mount Law wildfire remains a dynamic and evolving situation. Additional Evacuation Alerts have now been issued for 60 properties, including some within Peachland and the Regional District of the Central Okanagan (RDCO), as follows:

  • 4305 to 4495 Maxwell Road              
  • 5039 to 5051 Trepanier Court
  • 4965 to 4975 Venner Court
  • 4715 to 5078 Paradise Valley Drive
  • 4414 to 4690 Trepanier Road
  • 4995 Trepanier Road
  • 4850 to 5090 MacKinnon Road

The Evacuation Order for approximately 460 properties put in place earlier Sunday evening remains in effect and includes:

  • 4713 MacKinnon Road
  • 5000 Glenrosa Road (Bull Mountain Resort – formerly Crystal Mountain Resort)
  • 4425 Glenrosa Road (Telemark Nordic Club)
  • 3237 to 3530 Carre Road
  • 3237 to 3512 Corine Road
  • 3372 to 3725 Emerald Road
  • 3496 Fenton Road
  • 3318 to 3475 Gill Road
  • 3280 to 3802 Glenrosa Road
  • 3301 to 3583 McKellar Road
  • 3230 to 3525 Preston Road
  • 3325 to 3770 Turnbull Road
  • All properties east of Gates Rd. to Glenrosa Rd.

Residents on Evacuation Order should leave their properties immediately.

Properties that remain on Evacuation Alert include:

  • All other properties in the Glenrosa neighbourhood
  • 226 properties in the area west of Glen Canyon and Goats Peak, inclusive of 3801 Gellatly Road south (north end) to 300 Seclusion Bay Rd (south end).

Residents in the Alert area are advised to be ready to leave their home at a moment’s notice. They should be prepared to be away from their home for an extended period of time, consider staying with friends or family in another area of the Central Okanagan, make arrangements for pets and pack essential items such as medicines and important documents.