The Role of local government in an emergency
The Regional District of North Okanagan (RDNO) has first-hand knowledge of your community's social, economic, infrastructure, and environmental needs, helping them provide support in a disaster. They are the first line of defence against emergencies and disasters and are primarily responsible for managing the response to those events. When an emergency is imminent, RDNO's first priority is to alert and warn citizens and take action to protect life and property.
When required, an Emergency Operations Center (EOC) is activated by RDNO to support an emergency or disaster. An EOC is responsible for various duties such as declaring a state of local emergency, coordinating multiple agencies, providing media releases, and managing evacuees.
RDNO coordinates its efforts with voluntary agencies such as the Vernon Search and Rescue (VSAR) and the Canadian Red Cross Society, which assist individuals and families in need. If you are evacuated, a VSAR volunteer may come to your home to warn you. The individual you meet at the reception centre is likely a Canadian Red Cross Society volunteer.
What to do during an emergency
When an emergency happens, you may not have time to plan, and you may also not be aware of who to listen to for instructions. Know what to do under emergency circumstances.