If there is one thing that we have learned about emergency situations and mother nature over the past three or four years, it's to expect the unexpected. Although the RDEK has three Emergency Programs that can activate during emergencies, individuals and families can do so much in advance to be prepared. Simple things like having an emergency kit on hand, understanding the difference between an evacuation alert and an evacuation order, had having -- and testing - a family emergency plan can make the difference when emergencies happen.
This page contains a number of links we hope will be helpful. From the high level basics of hazard awareness, to the nitty gritty of how to sandbag, there is a wealth of information at your finger tips.
Is Your Family Prepared to be Self Sufficient for at least 72 Hours in Case of an Emergency?
Here are some steps you can take to prepare:
The top three in the East Kootenay are wildfire, flood and hazardous materials incidents; however, there are over 40 identified hazards in BC. Some hazards are even closer to home. Try going on a Home Hazard Hunt to find common hazards and take steps to reduce the risk.
Emergency preparedness is a shared responsibility. Everyone has a part to play – the individual, private business, volunteer organizations, and government agencies.In a major emergency, help may take some time to arrive. Members of a family may become separated. Each family’s situation is unique and you are in the best position to plan for your needs. Help yourself to be prepared by putting together an Emergency Plan for your home and family. Some things to think about:
Take half and hour to prepare a customized plan for your family. For help and an online planning tool, click here
For a complete list, visit the Get Prepared website.
The best way to be prepared is to physically go through the steps that might be needed in an emergency. To practice in your home, think of some possible scenarios that might occur. Actually go through the motions of what you would do, using your plan as a guide. Here are a few scenarios to get you started:
The key to an effective response to an emergency is being prepared. There are already many dedicated people working in the community for this goal. Knowing what we are up against, and, more importantly, knowing what to do about it reduces the fear of the unknown associated with emergency situations.
Help yourself by helping others in your community. Become involved. No matter what your talent, your help is appreciated.
Rewarding volunteer opportunities in emergency preparedness are available locally from these, and other, community organizations:
For more information about any aspect of emergency preparedness, please contact Simran Sandhu, Emergency Planning Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org or 250-489-6908.
TO REPORT FLOODING: 250-489-9677
To view the 2022 Seasonal Flooding Preparedness Newsletter, Click here.
The BC Wildfire Service is the best source of information for local wildfires, fire bans and restrictions, and more. Visit www.bcwildfire.ca and click on the Interactive Map for the latest fire information.
TO REPORT FOREST OR WILDLAND FIRES: Cellphone: *5555 or 1-800-663-5555
For the brochure, view pdf here.
For the guide, view pdf here.
For the guide/workbook, view pdf here.
Last edited: Fri, February 10, 2023 - 2:10:08