EOC Update: regional overview | ESS and Canadian Red Cross

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The Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen Emergency Operations Centre (RDOS EOC) continues to work with local and provincial partners, Indigenous communities, and volunteers to support recovery efforts across the region.

High Streamflow Advisory ended for Tulameen River

The River Forecast Centre has ended a High Streamflow Advisory for the Tulameen River. No significant additional rises in rivers are expected at this time.

The River Forecast Centre continues to monitor the conditions and will provide updates as conditions warrant.

Canadian Red Cross transitioning to provide Emergency Support Services
Starting Thursday, December 16, 2021 at the request of Emergency Management BC (EMBC), the Canadian Red Cross will be providing Emergency Support Services (ESS) to eligible households impacted by the floods.

Please be aware:

  • The existing ESS support system will come to a close on the Wednesday, December 15, 2021. If you are currently receiving ESS support this will not be available effective 12:01 am on Thursday, December 16, 2021.
  • The Canadian Red Cross will take over support for those who have registered with them.

What to do:

  • The first step to access this financial assistance is to register with the Canadian Red Cross by calling 1-800-863-6582, between the hours of 8:00 am and 8:00 pm PST.
  • Registration can be done in person at the Princeton & District Community Skills Centre located at 206 Vermillion Avenue Open from 8:30 am to 3:30 pm daily.
  • If you are registering with the Canadian Red Cross or verifying your registration information, please ensure you bring correct verification ID.
  • A new Red Cross Facility to register in person will be available on Thursday December 16, 2021 between 10:00 am – 2:00 pm at the Tulameen Community Centre.

Tulameen Resiliency Centre

The resiliency centre will be open again on Thursday, December 16, 2021, from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm, at the Tulameen Community Centre (2595 Otter Ave, Tulameen). Resource information will be available to support immediate health and recovery needs, including Emergency Support Services (ESS), Canadian

Red Cross, Disaster Financial Assistance, Disaster Psychosocial, Community Integration Specialist from the Ministry of Social Development and Poverty Reduction.

EOC video update now online

The RDOS EOC hosted a joint video on Friday, December 10, 2021 with representatives from Interior Health, Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure, and Health Emergency Management British Columbia. You can watch the recording on the RDOS YouTube channel.

Water Testing and safety information

Interior Health have provided the following information for shocking wells and obtaining water samples:

  1. Pick up a sample bottle kit from:

    Princeton Health Centre
    98 Ridgewood Drive
    Princeton, BC V0X 1W0

    Pick up sample bottles: Monday – Friday 8:30 am – 12:00 pm

  2. Shock your well prior to sampling

   3. Sample water

       Princeton Health Centre
       98 Ridgewood Drive
       Princeton, BC V0X 1W0

Drop off water samples: Wednesday ONLY before 12:30 pm in the marked cooler outside.

Note: No water samples will be collected at the Health Centre between December 22, 2021 to January 3, 2022

    4. Receive results

Mental Health and Wellness

Health Emergency Management BC (HEMBC) is a program of the Provincial Health Services Authority that provides emergency management leadership and support to the health authorities of BC.

BC Mental Health Support Line: offers 24/7, free and confidential mental health and substance use support. Call 1-866-585-0445 or visit this link.

Boating is re-opened

Transport Canada has removed the prohibition on non-essential boating over all waterways, with the exception of the Sumas River and Sumas Prairie region. Please see the revised  Interim Order No. 3 Respecting a Flooded Area in British Columbia, 2021, and a map of the area covered.

A friendly reminder to use caution when navigating these rivers, wear your lifejacket, and watch for debris. Although the restrictions have been lifted, conditions remain unusual for this time of year.

Evacuation Alerts and Orders

If you are unsure whether your property is on Evacuation Alert or Order, use the interactive map and type your address in the search bar.

Voyent Alert! now activated

Once you’ve registered, you are automatically signed up for emergency notifications.

Get the Voyent Alert! app at the App Store or Google Play. For email, text or phone registration get started here: https://register.voyent-alert.com/ca/community/#registration

For further information, please call the EOC Monday to Friday between 8:30 am and 4:30 pm at 250-490-4225

Issued by EOC Director