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Emergency planning

July 15, 2021
News Release

With the high volume of forest fire activity around the province, the City of Quesnel would like to provide residents with information regarding emergency preparedness and notifications. At this time, there is no current threat to the City of Quesnel but we want to ensure our residents are prepared.

Emergency Preparedness:

The City of Quesnel along with fire, police, other emergency personnel and support agencies have an emergency plan that can be set in motion for large-scale emergencies and disasters. View some resources to help you be prepared for an emergency:

Evacuation Orders and Alerts:

During increased times of vulnerability, residents should be aware of what to do if an Evacuation Alert or Order is issued.

Evacuation alert: In the event an evacuation alert is issued for your area:

  • Prepare to leave your home on short notice.
  • Stay tuned to the City of Quesnel social media, website and email notifications, as well as EmergencyInfoBC for updates: http://www.emergencyinfobc.gov.bc.ca
  • Have your emergency kit and important documents ready to go, which should include things like insurance and personal papers, such as birth certificates.
  • Also pack:
    • several days’ clothing;
    • medicine/prescriptions;
    • comfort items for children, like a favourite toy or colouring books to help keep them busy; and
    • leashes, carriers and food for pets.
  • Consider collecting precious photos and mementoes that cannot be replaced.
  • Also, check in on any family, friends or neighbours who may need a helping hand due to mobility or other issues.

Evacuation order: In the event of an evacuation order, you must leave the area immediately. Local authorities will not ask you to leave without good reason, and failing to leave when asked by officials puts you and others at risk. When an evacuation order is issued:

  • Wear a long-sleeved shirt, long pants and sturdy shoes to help protect from unforeseen hazards.
  • Collect family members or go to the place designated in your family plan as a meeting place.
  • Plan to take pets with you; do not leave them behind. Because pets are not permitted in most public shelters, follow your plan to go to a relative or friend’s home, or find a pet-friendly hotel.
  • Grab your emergency kit and follow the directions to the identified reception centre.
  • Follow the routes specified by emergency officials. Avoid shortcuts – they could lead to a blocked or dangerous area.
  • Take critical items already in your kit (medicine, purse, wallet and keys).
  • Take pets in kennels or on a leash.
  • Close all doors and windows. Close and latch gates, but do not lock them.
  • Take a cellphone, tablet or laptop and charger if you have one.
  • If there is time and it is safe to do so, shut off water at the main line into your home and switch off electricity at the breaker panel. Leave natural gas service “on.”
  • Stay well away from any downed power lines.
  • If going to an evacuation centre, sign up with the registration desk so you can be contacted or reunited with family and loved ones.
  • Contact your out-of-area emergency contact (identified in your personal emergency plan) to let them know what has happened, that you are alright and how to contact you. Alert them to any separated family members.

Local authority officials will advise when it is safe to return home.

Emergency Notification System:

Residents are encouraged to register for the Emergency Notification System that serves the City of Quesnel, 100 Mile House, the Cariboo Regional District (CRD), Wells, and Williams Lake. Residents who register for the program will receive notifications about emergency and time-sensitive events happening near their home, work, school, or other locations that they have pre-selected during registration.

If you have to travel, please take the time to check https://drivebc.ca/ before you head out.

Make sure to follow:

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MEDIA CONTACT
Laura Long
City of Quesnel EOC Communications
E: cityhall@quesnel.ca
T: 250-992-2111

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