Central Okanagan residents have experienced and witnessed first-hand the impact on their families, neighbourhoods and communities of threatening large scale emergencies.
As the Regional Emergency Program staff is conducting their annual training sessions in advance of Emergency Preparedness Week May 6th through 12th, they’re encouraging Central Okanagan families to do the same: Know the Risks, Make a Plan and Get a Kit.
These are the three simple, easy to remember steps that every Central Okanagan family should act on during Emergency Preparedness Week.
However, there’s one additional thing they should include in their family emergency preparedness effort this year: visit and bookmark the new Emergency Operation Centre (EOC) website www.cordemergency.ca and subscribe to receive information updates directly to their email inboxes whenever the EOC is activated in response to any emergency.
Regional Emergency Program Coordinator Jason Brolund says, “The website also has links to a wide variety of information that will be useful as families make their own emergency plans. A little preparation now will really pay off in the event you need to leave your home with short notice. Emergency Preparedness Week gives everyone a chance to get ready in a thoughtful, calm and rational way without the stress of having to respond to that ‘unexpected’ knock at their door.”
Brolund adds, “Our Central Okanagan emergency responders and Emergency Operations Centre teams and volunteers like Emergency Support Services train and prepare throughout the year in the event they are called into service. We encourage all families in the region to join in their own preparations during this important time of year.”
The cordemergency.ca website has specific information about preparing your family in the event of floods, interface fires, or other potential disasters. As well, a selection of pamphlets is also available at the Regional District office (1450 KLO Road), main Kelowna Fire Hall (2255 Enterprise Way) and at local government offices.