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Flood Preparedness

  1. Visit the Emergency Evacuee Guidance Website

The Emergency Evacuee Guidance website provides information on what to do if you receive an evacuation order. https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/safety/emergency-preparedness-response-recovery/emergency-response-and-recovery/emergency-evacuees

Flood Evacuee Guidance from Emergency Management BC’s guidance website

If flooding is imminent but you have not yet been instructed to evacuate, follow these tips:

  • Monitor local radio stations, television news and social media for the latest information from your local authorities on sandbagging stations, possible evacuation procedures and routes
  • Only use tap water if it has been tested and deemed safe by your local authority. Use bottled or boiled water for drinking, brushing your teeth, dish washing and cooking
  • If a flood warning is in effect, shut off electricity to areas that are at risk of flooding and move small appliances, electronics and smaller furniture to upper floors or areas not likely to be affected

If an Evacuation Alert is in place, be ready to leave on short notice. Take the following steps:

  • Make sure vehicles are parked away from streams and waterways
  • Remove toxic substances such as pesticides and insecticides from the flood area to prevent pollution
  • Do not attempt to shut off electricity if any water is present
  • Use sandbags to block floor drains and toilets to prevent sewage back-up

If an Evacuation Order is in place, you are at risk and must leave immediately. Follow all directions from officials and evacuate using the route(s) they’ve identified. Heed the following advice as you evacuate:

  • Do not attempt to cross rivers or flowing streams
  • Do not drive or walk across flooded roads – 6 inches of rushing water can knock an adult off their feet; 2 feet of water can carry away most vehicles – including trucks and SUVs
  • If your car begins to flood, abandon it quickly and head to higher ground
  1. Know Your Evacuation Stages
    1. Evacuation Alert: Be ready to leave on short notice.
    2. Evacuation Order: You are at risk. Leave immediately.  Make sure you check into an Emergency Support Services (ESS) reception centre.  Contact family and friends to let them know where you are and that you are safe.
    3. Evacuation Rescind: All is now safe and you can return home.
  2. Make an Emergency Plan

Ensure your family knows what to do in an emergency. Use the “Get Prepared” website to create an emergency plan for your family and home. Creating and printing the on-line plan will only take you about 20 minutes. https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/safety/emergency-preparedness-response-recovery/preparedbc/make-your-plan

  1. Emergency Preparedness Kits - “Grab and Go Bags”

In an emergency, it is important to have some supplies in case you need to get by without power or running water. Most emergency organizations recommend that you are prepared to be self-sufficient for at least 72 hours. Make a grab and go bag for your pets.

Basic Emergency Kit Checklist

  • Pen and notepad
  • Phone charger and battery bank
  • Flashlight – wind up or battery powered (and extra batteries)
  • Radio – wind up or battery powered (and extra batteries)
  • First aid kit
  • Personal toiletries and medication
  • Seasonal clothing
  • Food – non-perishable such as energy bars, dried and canned food; manual can opener
  • Water – at least two litres of water per person per day
  • Extra keys for car and house
  • Cash and change
  • Important family documents – identification, insurance, bank records
  • Whistle
  • Emergency plan and contact information

 

FNESS Emergency Contacts

Wayne Schnitzler, Interim Executive Director           wschnitzler@fness.bc.ca          250-318-8278

Dean Colthorp, Fire Services Manager                        dcolthorp@fness.bc.ca             604-838-5711

Bob Mills, Emergency Management Manager          BMills@fness.bc.ca                     250-457-1694

Larry Price, Forest Fuels Management Manager     lprice@fness.bc.ca                      250-320-8580

FNESS Communications Contact

Jo-Anne Hales, Communications Officer                     jhales@fness.bc.ca                     250-462-1752