If a major emergency (such as forest fire, flood, hazardous materials spill or other catastrophe) occurs, the RDEK’s Emergency Program kicks into gear and, in a large scale event, an Emergency Operations Centre (EOC) will be activated.
The Emergency Operations Centre is the physical location where representatives come together during an emergency to coordinate response and recovery actions and resources, acting in a support role to emergency response personnel in the field.
The most important thing to understand about the RDEK Emergency Program is that it supports the agencies that are responding to an emergency. For example, in a forest fire situation, the BC Wildfire Service responds to the fire. The RDEK’s Emergency Program (and EOC) provides the Wildfire Management Branch with the additional support they need gathering resources; coordinates evacuation alerts or orders; provides Emergency Social Services; and, provides information to evacuees, etc.
In the case of flooding, the RDEK has two distinct roles:
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For more information about any aspect of emergency management, please contact Anita Charest, Emergency Program Coordinator at email@example.com or 1-250-489-2791 (toll free 1-888-478-7335)
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