The Okanagan Indian Band has a draft emergency management plan that is currently in the process of being updated. This plan has been used several times over the years in times of wildfire, freshet flooding or other major incidents.
However, even the best of plans by Chief and Council can only do so much. It is up to you, the resident to follow our three steps to Emergency Preparedness at home or at work:
There is some great information on Emergency Preparedness available. We recommend you start with either the Federal emergency preparedness home page GetPrepared.gc.ca or the Provincial emergency preparedness home page PreparedBC. Both sites provide great information on how you can be ready in the case of an emergency.
Do you know where to shut off the power in your home? Do you have a plan of where you can go in the event of an evacuation? Are your family's identification and important documents located on upper floors and in a sealed plastic bag? Preparedness is key in any emergency, including for a flood. Ensure you have a 72 hour disaster preparedness kit and an evacuation plan in place to be ready in the event of a flood. Visit the getprepared.gc.cawebsite for additional tips on what to do before, during and after a flood. Property owners in flood prone and low-lying areas are responsible for protecting their own properties from possible flood damage. Equipping yourself with a flood plan and the tools needed in case of a flood can help prepare you.
Wildland-Urban Interface Fire
Research has shown that a house with both a fire resistant roof and a FireSmart zone surrounding it is 85 percent more likely to survive a wildfire than one that is not so prepared.
Other Preparedness Information
Although this site will be updated with any local information during a major emergency, there are a number of other agencies that may also have information of interest. Some suggested sites are:
BC Wildfire Service (active fire information/fire bans)
Fire Smart (also through BC Wildfire)
River Forecast Centre (freshet/flooding/snow pillow information)
FortisBC (power outages, gas emergencies)
BC Hydro (power outages)
Interior Health(Health/Drinking Water Advisories)