What to do when an Evacuation ALERT or ORDER is issued

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Contacts:

RDOS Emergency Operations Centre (EOC): 250-490-4225

Emergency Support Services (ESS): 250-486-1890

Host Community Reception Centre: 250-328-8749

ALERT (Animal Lifeline Emergency Response Team: 250-809-7152

WHAT YOU SHOULD DO WHEN AN EVACUATION ALERT IS ISSUED

Upon notification of an ALERT, you should be prepared for the Evacuation Order:

Locate all family members and designate a meeting area outside the evacuation area, should an Evacuation Order be called while separated.

  • Take critical items only if they are immediately available:
    • government-issued ID
    • medications
    • eyeglasses
    • valuable papers (e.g. insurance, credit, and mortgage information)
    • immediate care needs for dependents and
  • Prepare to move disabled persons, children and/or neighbors, if assistance is needed.
  • If you identify as having extraordinary needs, please contact the RDOS EOC for assistance.
  • Prepare to take pets with you and move livestock to a safe area (if possible).
  • For pet owners and hobby farmers with concerns for their animals

Animal Emergency Response Team (ALERT) can help (250) 809-7152

  • Arrange transportation for all your household members.
  • Fill the gas tanks of personal vehicles. 
  • If transportation assistance is needed, contact the RDOS EOC.
  • Please store your Firearms in accordance with Section 118 of the Firearms Act.
  • Arrange accommodation for all members of the residence, if possible.
  • Wait for an Evacuation Order to be issued before evacuating.
  • Monitor news sources including Voyent Alert! 

WHAT YOU SHOULD DO WHEN AN EVACUATION ORDER IS ISSUED

  • You must leave the area immediately.
  • Follow the directions of emergency responders and travel the designated or safest route available.
  • Register as an evacuee at the designated Reception Centre.
  • If you need transportation assistance from the evacuation, area contact the RDOS EOC.
    • If you identify as having extraordinary needs, please contact the RDOS EOC for assistance.
    • Shut off all gas and electrical appliances, other than refrigerators and freezers.
    • Close all windows and doors.
    • Please store your Firearms in accordance with Section 118 of the Firearms Act.
    • Close gates (latch) but do not lock.
    • Gather your family and, if you have room, take a neighbor or someone needing transportation.  Do not use more vehicles then you have to.
  • Take critical items only if they are immediately available:
    • government-issued ID
    • medications
    • eyeglasses
    • valuable papers (e.g. insurance, credit, and mortgage information)
    • immediate care needs for dependents
  • Take pets in pet kennels or on leash.
    • Pet owners and hobby farmers with concerns for their animals should make arrangements when an Evacuation Alert is issued.

Animal Emergency Response Team (ALERT) can help (250) 809-7152

  • Farmers who require assistance, please call the RDOS EOC.
  • Do not use the telephone unless you need emergency service.

YOU MUST LEAVE THE AREA IMMEDIATELY

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