Pre Alert Evacuation Messaging for Harrop and Procter

The Regional District of Central Kootenay (RDCK) Emergency Program is asking residents serviced by the Harrop Cable Ferry; Harrop, Sunshine Bay, Procter and Kootenay Village to be prepared in the event an Evacuation Alert or Order is issued.

There are currently no Evacuation Alerts or Orders for the Harrop Creek Fire. However the RDCK is preplanning in the event this fire becomes a threat to the community.  

Harrop Creek Fire

The Harrop Creek Wildfire…photo taken through the smokey skies at 6PM Thursday Aug 3, 2017

The Regional District of Central Kootenay (RDCK) Emergency Program is asking residents serviced by the Harrop Cable Ferry; Harrop, Sunshine Bay, Procter and Kootenay Village to be prepared in the event an Evacuation Alert or Order is issued.

There is currently no threat from the Harrop Creek Fire to residents in the Harrop Procter area. There are currently no Evacuation Alerts or Orders for the Harrop Creek Fire. However the RDCK is preplanning in the event this fire becomes a threat to the community.

Evacuation Alert

The purpose of an Evacuation Alert is to:

  • inform the population of a potential or impending danger,
  • allow residents to move livestock and/or valuables to a safe location prior to the issuance of an Evacuation Order and
  • advise residents to prepare to leave on short notice.

Evacuation Order

The purpose of a formal, written evacuation order is to order the affected population to evacuate the area immediately:

  • All persons in the affected area are to be told that, in the interest of their own safety, they are now ordered to leave the area.
  • While the order is in effect, the area will have controlled access.
  • A Declaration of a State of Local Emergency must be declared for an Evacuation Order to be valid.

Tactical Evacuations:

Immediate or imminently life threatening evacuations may require a Tactical Evacuation where an Evacuation Order is immediate and no Evacuation Alert is given. These will be ordered and directed by the Incident Commander, who typically represent a local Fire Department or the RCMP.

In preparation for a potential Evacuation Alert:

All residents are encouraged to have their 72 hour kit ready. In addition gather essential items such as prescription medicines, eye glasses/ contact lenses, valuable papers (i.e. insurance), immediate care needs for dependents and identification for the entire family. If you wish, gather keepsakes such as photographs, etc. Have these items ready for a quick departure.

Harrop Cable Ferry:

Residents intending to haul trailers across the ferry during an evacuation should be aware that this will be possible during an Evacuation Alert. Once an Evacuation Order has been issued trailers will not be allowed on the ferry.

Residents with livestock are encouraged to preplan for relocation of their livestock. Once an Evacuation Order is issued, livestock owners will not be allowed to transport their livestock across the Harrop Cable Ferry. All livestock must be relocated during the Evacuation Alert.

The Regional District Central Kootenay Emergency Operations Center will be advising residents under Evacuation Alert of sites where livestock and trailers can be relocated to.

In preparation while under an Evacuation Alert:

Locate all family members or co-workers and designate a safe meeting place should an Evacuation Order be issued while separated.

  • Follow instructions from local emergency officals
  • Grab your 72 hour kit. Include essential items such as prescription medicines, eye glasses / contact lenses, valuable papers (i.e. insurance), immediate care needs for dependants and identification for the entire family. If you wish, gather keepsakes such as photographs, etc.
  • If you are instructed to do so, shut off water, gas and electricity sources.
  • Make arrangements for pets and livestock
  • Wear clothes and footwear appropriate to weather conditions.
  • Lock your home.
  • Follow the routes specified by emergency officials. Do not take shortcuts as they could take you to a blocked or dangerous area.
  • If you have time leave a note telling others when you left and where you went
  • If you are evacuated register with the local Emergency Support Services Reception Centre to receive support and to be contacted or reunited with your family and loved ones. Reception Center locations will be provided with the release of the Evacuation Order.

For more information contact:

Regional District Central Kootenay
Emergency Operations Center
Phone: (250) 352 7701
Website: www.rdck.ca

72hour kit information:
http://www.rdck.ca/assets/Services/Emergency~Management/Documents/Individual%20Preparedness%202016.pdf

FOR UPDATED INFORMATION PLEASE VISIT RDCK

UPDATED AUG 3: Wildfires and road closures in Southeast Fire Centre – Harrop Creek Wildfire now covering 1,500 hectares