RDOS Emergency Program Review community focus groups

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Have your say on the future of emergency management in the Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen (RDOS). The RDOS Board of Directors has commissioned a review of the emergency management program to be completed by April 30, 2023.

The Board is seeking your input during a series of facilitated community focus groups to gather feedback on the RDOS Emergency Program. The community focus groups will investigate the public’s perception of how the emergency program is working now, where it needs to go, and what can be done to close the gap. The RDOS is looking for direct feedback from residents to help determine the service delivery needs and funding structure for future emergency programming.

An electronic facilitated community focus group is scheduled for Tuesday, February 28, 2023, at 7:00 pm.

The online meeting link will be posted on RDOS Regional Connections.

Facilitated Community Focus Groups - 2023







Sun., Feb. 12

2:00 – 4:00 pm

Riverside Community Centre

148 Old Hedley Rd

Okanagan Falls

Wed., Feb. 15

5:00 – 7:00 pm

Okanagan Falls Community Centre

1141 Cedar Street


Sat., Feb. 18

2:00 – 4:00 pm

Similkameen Rec Centre

311 9th Street


Sun., Feb. 19

2:00 – 4:00 pm

Summerland Community Centre

9710 Brown Street


Wed., Feb. 22

5:00 – 7:00 pm

Oliver Parks and Rec Community Centre

6359 Park Drive


Sun., Feb. 26

2:00 – 4:00 pm

Tulameen Community Club

2595 Coalmont Road

Sharing your experience and knowledge through the community forums will directly inform the recommendations that arise from this review. You can also fill out the RDOS Emergency Program Review online survey on the RDOS Regional Connections interactive website. The survey closes Friday, February 17, 2023.

Paper copies can be mailed upon request and will be available for pick-up at the following locations:

  • RDOS Head Office, 101 Martin Street, Penticton
  • Osoyoos Town Hall, 8707 Main Street, Osoyoos
  • Riverside Community Centre, 148 Old Hedley Road, Princeton
  • Similkameen Recreation Centre, 311-9th Street, Keremeos
  • Okanagan Falls Recreation Centre, 1141 Cedar Street, Okanagan Falls

Local governments operate within the context of provincial and federal laws, regulations, and policies that also affect how the Regional District responds to major emergencies. However, the RDOS is seeking to optimize the emergency program to serve the essential needs of citizens wherever possible within the RDOS mandate.


In 2006, the Regional District established a service to provide an emergency management program for the 15 jurisdictions within the RDOS geographic boundaries. Residents and property owners within the RDOS have experienced increasingly frequent and more severe events, and more people are being impacted by these events directly and indirectly. The consensus of hazard, risk, and vulnerability data for B.C. suggests we can expect this trend to continue and worsen even as we continue to have ‘good’ and ‘bad’ years in terms of the impact of hazard events such as floods and wildfires.

In response to this situation, the Regional Emergency Operations Centre (EOC) is operational for longer periods, drawing more staff away from their regular duties to attend to the most urgent priority of public safety. This trend has resulted in increased strain on existing local government staff and resources and strain on the higher number of affected residents and property owners where the hazard event exceeds their ability to prepare for, respond to, and recover from the event.

For further information, please visit the RDOS Emergency Program Review project page at https://rdosregionalconnections.ca or contact Greg Bonderud, RDOS Emergency Program Coordinator.


Mark Pendergraft, Chair
Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen 


Greg Bonderud
Emergency Program Coordinator

Erick Thompson

RDOS Communications



RDOS Communications
Toll Free 1-877-610-3737


Click here to view the focus group poster