Prepare Now for Wildfire Season

Prepare Now for Wildfire Season

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The Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen (RDOS) is reminding residents to prepare now for wildfire season. To ensure your family is safe and informed, take a moment to sign up for CivicReady® Mass Notification System. CivicReady is a communication service that provides important updates on wildfires, evacuation alerts, orders, and rescinds as well as Emergency Support Services (ESS) information and public meetings.

Notifications can be received through email, text and/or phone call. To learn more about CivicReady, please visit the RDOS Emergency Operations Centre (EOC) website:
https://emergency.rdos.bc.ca/civic-ready/
Residents and visitors can also get the latest information updates by following the RDOS on Twitter and Facebook: https://twitter.com/EmergMgtRDOS
https://www.facebook.com/RegionalDistrictOfOkanaganSimilkameen/

Wildfire Preparedness Guide
On average, there are more than 1,600 wildfires in British Columbia every year. If you live in a
risk area, it’s imperative that you take time to get ready. PreparedBC has released a Wildfire Preparedness Guide which focuses specifically on what residents can do to prepare themselves before, during and after a wildfire. The guide includes tips on how to handle wildfire smoke, wildfire related stress and how to FireSmart a property.
The Wildfire Preparedness Guide was created by Emergency Management BC, in partnership with the BC Wildfire Service, FireSmart BC and the Office of the Fire Commissioner, and is available online: https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/safety/emergency-preparednessresponse-recovery/preparedbc/know-your-hazards/wildfires
Wildfire Readiness Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-NmVROeq6vA&feature=youtu.be

RDOS Emergency Operations Centre
Earlier this year, the RDOS completed construction of a new regional Emergency Operations Centre. The EOC is located near the RDOS headquarters in Penticton and serves as a central command and control facility. An EOC is normally activated at the request of the Incident Commander or senior staff to provide overall jurisdictional direction and control, coordination and resource support during an emergency event. The EOC is staffed by trained personnel and contains information display screens, communications and supporting equipment and supplies to ensure efficient operations and effective emergency management.

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