You can't prevent disasters from happening, but you can prepare to avoid suffering, minimize damage, and get through the recovery period as quickly as possible. For information about preparing for natural risks and other hazards, such as avalanches, earthquakes, extreme weather, floods, hazardous material spills, infectious disease outbreaks, landslides, storm surges or wildfire, please visit GetPrepared.ca.
Flood & Wildfire Emergencies
Property owners are responsible for necessary measures for the protection of private property.
General flooding can occur when water levels in lakes, creeks, or rivers rise as a result of heavy snow melt, run-off or rain, typically in spring or early summer. Flash floods can result from exceptional weather events that may occur at any time of year. Ensuring that all culverts and discharge passages are kept clean and free of obstructions is the best defense against flash floods.
Healthlink BC provides valuable information to BC residents on how to prepare for a flooding emergency, food and water safety, evacuation information and more. For more information on how to prepare for flooding in your area, visit the Province of British Columbia's Flood Preparedness or view PreparedBC's Flood Information for Homeowners & Home Buyers. For all other information on flood protection in BC, please visit www.gov.bc.ca
Wildfires are unpredictable and can quickly grow to threaten homes and vital infrastructure. The North Okanagan is an area at risk of wildfire, so being prepared is essential for your safety.
States of Local Emergency (SOLE)
A municipality or the Regional District may declare a State of Local Emergency (SOLE) to aid in the emergency response and recovery process. The RDNO may also activate the Emergency Operations Centre (EOC)to manage and support response and recovery efforts outside municipal boundaries. In cases of acute emergencies, the Provincial Emergency Program administers the Disaster Financial Assistance Program.
Provincial Emergency Preparedness and Planning
The Provincial Emergency Program is administered through the regional office in Kamloops. For more information or to contact their offce please visit www.gov.bc.ca/PreparedBC.
Additional emergency preparedness information can be found at: