Emergency Preparedness & Safety Info

Regional Districts – Emergency Information pages

Regional District of the Central Okanagan


Floods

River Forecast Centre

Source: Province of British Columbia

https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/environment/air-land-water/water/drought-flooding-dikes-dams/river-forecast-centre

The River Forecast Centre analyses snow pack, assesses seasonal water supply and flood risk, and predicts flows in British Columbia’s rivers and streams. It produces a range of bulletins, maps and warnings to inform emergency managers and the public about current and upcoming streamflow conditions.

Public Weather Alerts

source: Environment Canada

https://weather.gc.ca/warnings/index_e.html

The government of Canada’s weather service and includes forecasts, alerts, and various maps.


Heat

BC Provincial Heat Alert and Response System (BC HARS)

Source: Province of British Columbia

http://www.bccdc.ca/health-professionals/professional-resources/heat-event-response-planning

New for summer 2022, there is a two-tiered system for issuing a heat warning and extreme heat emergency. This system lays out the criteria that will be used to issue an alert, the appropriate public health messaging for both types of alerts, and the recommended actions for health sector and other partners.

Be Prepared for Extreme Heat

Source: province of British Columbia

https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/safety/emergency-management/preparedbc/know-your-hazards/severe-weather/extreme-heat

This short guide contains up-to-date information on the health risks of extreme heat and how to stay cool and safe.  Also available in Français (French)  |  简体中文 (Simplified Chinese)  |  繁體中文 (Traditional Chinese)  |  ਪੰਜਾਬੀ (Punjabi)

Interior Health-Extreme Heat

Source: Interior Health

https://www.interiorhealth.ca/health-and-wellness/natural-disasters-and-emergencies/extreme-heat#bc-hars-triggers-and-activation-process

Extreme heat is projected to be come hotter, longer, and more often as BC’s climate changes.  Read Interior Health’s plans and recommendations to increase community resiliency and save lives.

 Letter from IH Medical Health Officers.


Fire

FireSmart BC

source: collection of relevant BC agencies and organizations

https://firesmartbc.ca/

A complete resource for keeping your home, neighbourhood, and community prepared for wildfires. As fires have increased in B.C. in the past decade, the need for preventative measures has never been greater.

Wildfire Status

source: B.C. Wildfire Service

http://www.bcwildfire.ca

1-888-336-7378 (3FOREST)

The government of BC’s official website for wildfires and includes an interactive wildfire map, wildfires of note, information bulletins, wildfire prevention information, and fire bans and restrictions.


Evacuations

Evacuee Registration & Assistance (ERA)

source: Government of BC

https://ess.gov.bc.ca/

The Evacuee Registration & Assistance (ERA) tool is a new digital platform for Emergency Support Services. ERA is designed to increase the efficiency and speed of service delivery for evacuees across the province.

Evacuation Alerts and Orders

source: Emergency Info BC

https://www.emergencyinfobc.gov.bc.ca

Emergency Info BC is active during partial and full-scale provincial emergencies, both on this site and on Twitter via @EmergencyInfoBC. They share official response and recovery sources, as well as verified event information from trusted partners.

Emergency Social Services

source: Public Safety & Emergency Services

http://www.gov.bc.ca/emergencysocialservices

British Columbians forced from their homes by fire, floods, earthquakes or other emergencies may receive emergency social services for up to 72 hours.  Services may include food, lodging, clothing, emotional support, information about the crisis, and family reunification.  There may also be special services like first aid, child minding, pet care and transportation.


General

PreparedBC

source: Government of British Columbia

http://www.preparedbc.ca

Disasters happen and can potentially leave your household on its own for several days.  Sounds scary, but it doesn't have to be. PreparedBC can help you understand and prepare for the hazards in your area.

3 Steps to Preparedness:

  1. Know the Hazards
  2. Gather Your Supplies
  3. Make Your Plan

Air Quality Health Index

source: Environment Canada

http://www.bcairquality.ca

The government of BC’s BC Air Quality website and includes air quality data, interactive maps, and link to smoke forecasts.

Animal Rescues in a Disaster 

  • Animal Lifeline Emergency Response Team (ALERT): http://alertcanada.org/

    Dedicated to animal welfare through the preparation for and the actual rescue and shelter of domestic animals and livestock in a disaster.

    250-809-7152

  • Canadian Disaster Animal Response Team (CDART): https://www.cdart.org/

A volunteer-based organization dedicated to animal welfare in times of a disaster or emergency, by providing sheltering, fostering or rescue of domesticated animals.

Drinking Water for Everyone

source: Interior Health

https://drinkingwaterforeveryone.ca

Interior Health’s website on clean, safe, and reliable drinking water.  Includes an interactive water advisory map for easy access to water advisories from Interior Health.  Also includes Interior Health educational videos and reports on drinking water.

Road Closures and Conditions

source: DriveBC

http://www.drivebc.com

1-800-550-4997

The government of BC’s official traveller information system.  Includes help for planning routes, information on variable speed limit signs, major events, and highway webcams. 

Community Health and Climate Change

Source: Interior Health

https://storymaps.arcgis.com/stories/19911ac6afeb4ad0b2f3bce166829337

Online mapping to show exposure, sensitivity, and adaptive capacity to health-related climate hazards in BC’s Interior.

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