Prepare to shelter in place for 72 hours - News Releases #36

Wednesday, May 10, 2017 - 3:57pm

Kelowna, B.C – Residents should be prepared to leave quickly or shelter in place for up to 72 hours.

Current weather patterns have created a complex series of events that will result in an extended flood season. Creeks and lakes are almost at full pool and any wind or weather events will create ongoing impacts for the coming weeks. Preventative measures like sandbags should remain in place.

With rising water levels, the possibility of widespread evacuations in the region is possible. Residents would only be ordered to evacuate if there is a threat of imminent danger. Not every sign of water inside your house is cause for an evacuation.

An evacuation order means residents should take everything required for an extended stay and follow the instructions provided in the evacuation order. Only residents on order to evacuate are eligible for Essential Support Services (ESS) registration and vouchers.

An evacuation alert means that residents may be asked to leave their homes on very short notice for an extended period of time. Residents should prepare by organizing an emergency supply kit with necessary medications, personal toiletries, change of clothing and personal and family documents.

In the case of non-emergency flood conditions in their homes or neighbourhoods residents should be prepared to shelter in place for up to 72 hours. This means residents may be unable to leave their homes or drive to services like the grocery store.

  • Prepare an emergency supply of food and water. Consider how much you will need for all members of the family.
  • Prepare for any pets. Pets may not be able to go outside and you will need food and water as well as a place and cleaning supplies to deal with pet waste.
  • Call or text your emergency contact. Let them know where you are, if any family members are missing, and how you are doing.
  • Use your phone only as necessary. Keep the phone handy in case you need to report a life threatening emergency. Otherwise, do not use the phone, so that the lines will be available for emergency responders. 
  • Keep listening to your radio, television, or phone for updates. Do not leave your shelter unless authorities tell you it is safe to do so. If they tell you to evacuate the area, follow their instructions.

For up to date information on the situation including a map and to sign up for e-updates, visit www.cordemergency.ca. Information will also be provided via the https://twitter.com/CO_Emerg and https://www.facebook.com/CORDEmergency/ or by phone at 250-469-8490 or 1-877-569-8490 (toll-free).