Evacuation Alert…

…that we posted last week for the Brenda Creek wildfire just outside of Peachland is still in effect. Updates available on the Central Okanagan Emergency Operations website, and there are resources available online. Be sure to check out the links below.

News Release No. 9 Central Okanagan, B.C. – The Brenda Creek wildfire Evacuation Alert continues within a portion of the Central Okanagan West Electoral Area of the Regional District of Central Okanagan.

The Alert affects approximately 18 properties, three recreational campsites and Crown land in the RDCO electoral area south of Highway 97-C and northwest of Peachland.  An online map showing the Alert area  is available at cordemergency.ca/map.  This area is also affected by a BC Wildfire Area Restriction Order.

The BC Wildfire Service says the blaze remains out of control and is approximately 450 hectares in size exhibiting less vigorous behavior yesterday and overnight.

Today it has 40 firefighters and 11 pieces of heavy equipment on the ground along with two helicopters working the fire from the air.

Supporting BC Wildfire’s attack are 14 structural firefighters and equipment from Kelowna, West Kelowna, Peachland and North Westside departments.  They continue monitoring the BC Hydro transmission line corridor through the fire area, extinguishing hot spots and doing fire mitigation around power poles.

BC Hydro continues to actively monitor its transmission line and infrastructure through the Brenda Creek wildfire area. Crews remain on standby and ready to respond at a moment’s notice.

Customers are encouraged to learn more about preparing for any potential electricity outage by visiting BC Hydro’s website:

Prepared BC and Interior Health also provide helpful online preparation, health and mental health information and resources for anyone affected by the ongoing wildfire.

Interior Health has food safety information online to assist residents and businesses that could be impacted by any disruption in electrical service:

The next update from the Central Okanagan Emergency Operations Centre is anticipated at 12 p.m. Tuesday.  In the meantime, the EOC remains ready to respond to any change in fire conditions as it supports first responders on the Brenda Creek wildfire.

All Central Okanagan residents are reminded that they should know the risks of potential emergencies, make a plan and prepare grab and go kits in the event they are required to leave their homes for at least 72 hours.

The Central Okanagan Emergency Operations website cordemergency.ca Be Prepared page is a centralized location for regional public emergency and preparedness information, including links to useful provincial and federal emergency resources such as PreparedBC, BC Wildfire Services, Emergency Management BC and Air Quality readings.

Be sure to sign-up for e-updates to receive timely updates directly to your inbox about emergency incidents. The Central Okanagan Emergency Operation Centre also provides information on Facebook at facebook.com/CORDEmergency and Twitter at twitter.com/CO_Emerg.

BE PREPARED: Make a Plan!

As part of our Emergency Preparedness Week series, we are focusing today on making an EMERGENCY PLAN — that means have a plan on what you will do right away when an emergency happens.

There is a list of details to think about on the GetPrepared website, and this is a great place to start making your plan. It’s also important to think about any accessibility or disability related needs.

There is a video here you can watch that will help you with your planning – check it out!

GetPrepared.gc.ca

BE PREPARED: Build a kit!

As part of our Emergency Preparedness Week series, we are focusing today on building an EMERGENCY KIT — that means the supplies you might need right away to respond to an emergency.

There is a list of emergency kit items on the GetPrepared website, and this is a great place to start building your kit. It’s also important to think about details like: how you will access your supplies, if you will need to transport them, and how you will store them so you can find them easily.

There is a video here you can watch that will help you with your planning – check it out!

GetPrepared.gc.ca

Emergency Preparedness Week!

It’s Emergency Preparedness Week from May 2 -8 this year, and the theme is Emergency Preparedness: Be Ready for Anything. The idea is to support Canadians to get better prepared for the range of emergencies that they could face in their region.

You can join the online social media challenge for a chance to win an emergency preparedness kit: share a tip or picture showing how you’re helping to make you and your family better prepared to cope during an emergency, and use the hashtag #ReadyforAnything. Here are some ideas: making an emergency kit with items found around your home, creating a family emergency plan, or becoming more informed about the hazards in your area.

There is more information about the social media challenge and about emergency preparedness here. You can check out some more resources to be better prepared:

Be Prepared!

The Central Okanagan Emergency Operations bulletin sent out today encourages residents to be prepared for emergencies — there are useful links, preparedness information, checklists and videos at cordemergency.ca/beprepared. Residents are encouraged to visit cordemergency.ca and subscribe to receive notices directly from the Regional Emergency Operation Centre if its activated in an emergency. Keep in mind, in this COVID-19 pandemic environment, health and safety protocols would be in place for any Emergency Reception Centre in order to protect Emergency Support Services volunteers and evacuees.

New BC Wildfire Service App

Hey everyone, one of our Service Coordinators (thanks, Viv!) passed along news that the BC Wildfire Service has just launched an app:

B.C. Wildfire Service Launches Official Wildfire App
The official B.C. Wildfire Service mobile app is now available, providing real-time wildfire information and an interactive map that users can customize to display a variety of fire-related data.
Key features of the mobile app include:
Interactive wildfire map
Latest news and advisories
Statistics
Fire reporting tool
The BC Wildfire Service mobile app is free to download in the App Store and Google Play.
Android: The BC Wildfire Service mobile app can be downloaded at Google Play: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=ca.bc.gov.WildfireInformation
Apple (iOS): The BC Wildfire Service mobile app can be downloaded from the App Store: https://apps.apple.com/us/app/bc-wildfire-service/id1477675008?ls=1


Full media release here.

Emergency Preparedness Week!

Hey everyone, it’s Emergency Preparedness Week from May 3-9 in the Central Okanagan!

As we are heading into fire and flood season, we thought we would share some great resources from CORD Emergency Operations including Flooding Preparedness, getting FireSmart, and information from the Province! They also have an option to sign up for their email updates.

Check it out here.

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Winter is Coming…

…and that doesn’t just mean it’s time to watch Game of Thrones on TV!

As we get ready to greet the wilds of winter, check out these winter driving safety tips courtesy of ICBC – and their special guests, Frosty and the Iceman!

Keep warm, dress in layers, wear sturdy footwear and stay safe with these Seven Steps to Cold Weather Safety on the Government of Canada website.

Need some ideas to keep active through the winter?  Check out ideas from the online community!

And, if you happen to build a snow fort, send us a picture!  Welcome, Winter!

What’s your favorite winter sport?  Let us know in the comments?