EOC Update: Emergency Preparedness Week is May 7-13, 2023

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INFORMATION RELEASE                                                                                                         

Emergency Preparedness Week is a national awareness initiative that has taken place annually since 1996. The Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen (RDOS) is reminding residents, property owners, and visitors to take three simple steps to become better prepared to face a range of emergencies:

Know the risks
Make a plan
Get an emergency kit

Knowing which hazards you need to plan for is the first step to getting prepared. An emergency plan says how you and your household will respond to a disaster. Knowing what to do will reduce anxiety and help keep you focused and safe. Following a disaster, you may need to stay at home with an emergency kit or leave immediately with a grab-and-go bag. For more information, including resource links, please visit the RDOS Emergency Operations Centre website at emergency.rdos.bc.ca.

You can find additional information at getprepared.gc.ca or emergencyInfobc.gov.bc.ca.

The RDOS has activated sandbag centres across the region. If you require sand and sandbags, please visit a sandbag centre in your community. Please visit the RDOS Emergency Operations Centre website emergency.rdos.bc.ca to view current sandbag locations. If you require additional sand and sandbags within your community, please call the RDOS Emergency Operations Centre (EOC) at 250-490-4225 (during office hours) or email eoc@rdos.bc.ca.

To learn more about building a sandbag wall, please visit the RDOS YouTube channelRDOS EOC | Sandbagging Information | Sandbag Wall

Residents and visitors are reminded to stay clear of high flow rivers and creeks. High flows, including potential flooding is possible. If you see flooding, contact the Provincial Emergency Coordination Centre at 1-800-663-3456, or in case of an emergency, call 9-1-1.

For further information, please call the EOC at 250-490-4225. 

Issued by EOC Director

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Click here to register for routine and emergency notifications via email, text, or telephone.

You can also find a link to Voyent Alert! on the RDOS website: www.rdos.bc.ca

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