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Prepare now for spring freshet and potential flooding

The RDOS is reminding residents and property owners to prepare now for potential flooding. Continued cool weather is increasing the risk of flooding if a prolonged heatwave occurs over the next few weeks.

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RDOS continues to monitor water levels in Tulameen area

The RDOS Emergency Operations Centre (EOC) is monitoring run off in the Electoral Area H communities of Tulameen and Coalmont. Residents are encouraged to be prepared for high water and take necessary steps to protect their homes and property. 

Use caution around streams, lakes and rivers where water levels may be rising or fast moving. Keep clear of eroded banks. Emergency preparedness also includes having a plan to ensure your family and pet’s needs are considered before an unexpected event occurs.

Property owners in low-lying areas may want to consider sandbagging their property. Sand and sandbags are available at the Tulameen Fire Hall and Coalmont Satellite Fire Hall. An instructional video of how-to sandbag is available. Sandbag locations are also listed on the interactive sandbag map.

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RDOS conducting flooding survey

The RDOS is committed to conducting an After Action Review (AAR) to document lessons learned, provide recommendations to enhance operations and emergency response capacity, and complete an action plan to address issues that arose during the November 2021 flood response. Survey questions are related to initial flood response, including notifications, Evacuation Alerts and Orders, and support provided during the initial days of the event. The survey closes Friday, May 6, 2022. Click here to take the survey 

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Flood recovery and freshet preparedness

The Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen (RDOS) hosted an electronic and in-person town hall meeting at the Tulameen Community Centre on Tuesday, April 12, 2022.

To watch the Webex recording, please visit the RDOS YouTube channel. You can also listen to the audio only recording. More information from the town hall, including slide show presentations, will be distributed in the coming days.

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British Columbians urged to prepare for floods, wildfires

To prepare for this year’s spring freshet and wildfire seasons, the Province is urging caution and encouraging people to prepare for these hazards.

British Columbians can take steps to better protect their homes and financial security by buying flood and fire insurance, and can take further action to minimize the potential for damage when flooding is forecast or wildfire threat is high.

News Release 

RDOS hosts flood recovery town hall meeting

The Regional District is hosting an electronic and in-person town hall meeting at the Tulameen Community Centre, 2595 Coalmont Road.

When: Tuesday, April 12, 2022

5:30 to 6:30 pm: opportunities for one-on-one discussions (in-person only)

6:30 to 9:00 pm: presentations and questions

Click the link below to view the information release.

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Prescribed burns scheduled near Penticton

BC Wildfire Service and Penticton Indian Band plan to conduct two prescribed burns in the south Okanagan with support from the Okanagan Shuswap Resource District. Preparation work for these prescribed burns could start as early as March 14, 2022. However, the burns likely won’t occur until after March 28, 2022. The exact timing of the burns will be dependent on weather, site and venting conditions. Ignition will proceed only if conditions are suitable and will allow for quick smoke dissipation.

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EOC Update: Evacuation Orders and Alerts rescinded, continued supports available Feb. 17 2022 5:00 pm

The imminent threat from the flooding due to the atmospheric event in November and the ice jams in December has passed. All evacuation orders and alerts issued between November and December 2021 have been rescinded. Continued supports are available, and if you have experienced flooding previously, now is the time to consider creating a flooding plan to be prepared for Spring freshet.

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Evacuation Orders and Alerts RESCINDED in Electoral Areas B, G, H Feb. 17 2022 5:00 pm

Evacuation Orders and Alerts originally issued due to the atmospheric river, ice jamming and flooding events in November and December 2021 for the attached addresses in Schedule 1 for Electoral Area H, Schedule 2 for Electoral Area B and Schedule 3 for Electoral Area G have been RESCINDED by the Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen.

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EOC Update: Support for Evacuees Jan. 24 2022 2:15 pm

Support for Evacuees continues for those in need after the November and December 2021 flooding events.

Information about wellness sessions, well water testing, Red Cross support (including new Case Management) and more information is provided at the link below.

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EOC Update: sandbag locations in Electoral Areas G and H Tuesday, Jan. 11, 2022 3:15 pm

Environment and Climate Change Canada has indicated warmer temperatures will be present over the next several days, with the possibility of precipitation. If you live near a waterway, please take steps to protect yourself and your property. The EOC will continue to monitor this event and provide further information as required.

Sand and sandbags are available for residents to protect their property from potential flooding. Additional sandbag locations will be in place on Wednesday, January 12, 2022.

  • 3491 Highway 3 in Electoral Area G (Rural Keremeos)
  • 13 km east of Princeton in Area H (Rural Princeton)

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EOC Update: ice jams | winter preparedness Wednesday, Jan. 5, 2022 3:45 pm

The RDOS Emergency Operations Centre (EOC) is reminding residents and visitors to be aware of potential flooding and other hazards on or near area waterways, including the Similkameen River. 

  • Heavy snowfall is forecast across southwestern British Columbia
  • Now is the time to prepare for cold temperatures, power outages, and icy road conditions

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EOC Update: ice jams | preparedness Thursday, Dec. 30, 2021 12:00 pm

If you live near the Similkameen River, be prepared to leave on short notice even if your property is not under Evacuation Alert.

The EOC is activated to monitor and support potential ice jam events. 

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EOC Update: Evacuation Alert issued for Electoral Area H (Rural Princeton) Wednesday, Dec. 29, 2021 5:00 pm

Due to the threat of flooding as a result of ice jams on the Similkameen River, and because of the potential danger to life, health, and property damage, the Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen (RDOS) has issued an Evacuation Alert for the properties listed in Schedule 1.

Pre-register for Emergency Support Services at ess.gov.bc.ca or call 250-486-1890.

Schedule 1 – List of Properties

1260 HIGHWAY 3
1264 HIGHWAY 3
1306 HIGHWAY 3

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EOC Update: Evacuation Alert issued for Electoral Area G (Rural Keremeos) Wednesday, Dec. 29, 2021 5:00 pm

Due to the threat of flooding as a result of ice jams on the Similkameen River, and because of the potential danger to life, health, and property damage, the Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen (RDOS) has issued an Evacuation Alert for the properties listed in Schedule 1.

Pre-register for Emergency Support Services at ess.gov.bc.ca or call 250-486-1890.

Schedule 1 – List of Properties

3455 HIGHWAY 3
3491 HIGHWAY 3

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EOC Update: ice jams Wednesday, Dec. 29, 2021 11:00 am

The Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen Emergency Operations Centre (RDOS EOC) is monitoring flows on area rivers, including the Similkameen along with the Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development (FLNRORD). The EOC will distribute information releases as needed.

The EOC is activated to monitor and support potential ice jam events. In the case of an emergency, please call 9-1-1.

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BC extreme weather events - property assessment impacts

Information about the impact of weather events on property assessments: Notice from BC Assessment

If buildings and/or structures on your property were substantially damaged or destroyed by weather events between November 1 and December 31, 2021, and were not repaired by December 31st, contact BC Assessment before January 31, 2022, to share details on the damage or loss, including repair costs (if available) and pictures:  ​

EOC Update: flood recovery Thursday, Dec. 23, 2021 12:15 pm

The Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen Emergency Operations Centre (RDOS EOC) continues to provide support and resource information to residents and property owners across the region who have been impacted by flooding.

The Province of BC is urging everyone to prepare for extremely cold temperatures, power outages, and slick roads. A series of strong storms are expected to bring periods of heavy and blowing snow, freezing rain, and very cold weather over the next several days.

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EOC Update: regional overview | flood recovery Friday, Dec. 17, 2021 3:30 pm

The RDOS EOC continues to provide support and resource information to residents and property owners who have been impacted by flooding. 

Visit the RDOS YouTube channel to view the video update recorded on Friday, December 17, 2021 at 12:00 pm PST.

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EOC Update: regional overview | Dec.16, 2021 3:00 pm

RDOS EOC hosting a video update on Friday, December 17, 2021, at 12:00 pm PST. 

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EOC Update: regional overview | Tulameen Resiliency Centre Tuesday, Dec. 14, 2021 4:00 pm

The Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen Emergency Operations Centre (RDOS EOC) will be hosting a video update on Friday, December 17, 2021, at 12:00 pm PST. Attendees to be confirmed. The  video update will be hosted via Webex and broadcast live on the RDOS YouTube channel. Members of the public are invited to submit questions in advance via email at eocinfo@rdos.bc.ca.

The Tulameen Resiliency Centre will be open Thursday, December 16, 2021, from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm, at the Tulameen Community Centre (2595 Otter Ave, Tulameen). 

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EOC Update: regional overview | ESS and Canadian Red Cross Dec. 13 2021 1:45 pm

Canadian Red Cross transitioning to provide Emergency Support Services
Starting Thursday, December 16, 2021 at the request of Emergency Management BC (EMBC), the Canadian Red Cross will be providing Emergency Support Services (ESS) to eligible households impacted by the floods.

Please be aware:

  • The existing ESS support system will come to a close on the Wednesday, December 15, 2021. If you are currently receiving ESS support this will not be available effective 12:01 am on Thursday, December 16, 2021.
  • The Canadian Red Cross will take over support for those who have registered with them.

What to do:

  • The first step to access this financial assistance is to register with the Canadian Red Cross by calling 1-800-863-6582, between the hours of 8:00 am and 8:00 pm PST.
  • Registration can be done in person at the Princeton & District Community Skills Centre located at 206 Vermillion Avenue Open from 8:30 am to 3:30 pm daily.
  • If you are registering with the Canadian Red Cross or verifying your registration information, please ensure you bring correct verification ID.
  • A new Red Cross Facility to register in person will be available on Thursday December 16, 2021 between 10:00 am – 2:00 pm at the Tulameen Community Centre.

More information about testing water samples and other support services is available at the link below.

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EOC Update: regional overview | mental health and wellness Friday, Dec. 10, 2021 4:00 pm

EOC video update Friday, December 10, 2021 12:00 pm
Watch the recording on the RDOS YouTube Channel. Updates from Interior Health, Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure, and Health Emergency Management BC (HEMBC).

Mental Health and Wellness
Health Emergency Management BC (HEMBC) is a program of the Provincial Health Services Authority that provides emergency management leadership and support to the health authorities of BC.

BC Mental Health Support Line: 310-6789 (no are code) Free and available 24 hours a day.

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Health Emergency Management BC (HEMBC) mental health and wellness links

Mental health support 310-6789 (no area code needed). Always call 9-1-1 in case of an emergency. 

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EOC Update: regional overview Thursday, Dec. 9, 2021 11:15 am

The Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen Emergency Operations Centre (RDOS EOC) continues to work with local and provincial partners, Indigenous communities, and volunteers to support recovery efforts across the region.

Video update
The RDOS will be hosting a video briefing update on Friday, December 10, 2021 at 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm. Watch the briefing live via the RDOS YouTube Channel.

Evacuation Order Rescinded in Electoral Area H (Rural Princeton)
On December 9, 2021 at 10:30 am an Evacuation Order issued on November 14, 2021 was RESCINDED for certain properties along Tulameen River Road.

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EOC Update: Evacuation Order RESCINDED in Electoral Area H (Rural Princeton) Thursday, Dec. 9 2021 10:30 am

An Evacuation Order issued by the Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen (RDOS) for properties in Electoral Area H and issued on November 14, 2021, is RESCINDED for the following properties listed in the attached Schedules 1 and 2.

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EOC Update: regional overview Dec. 8, 2021 4:20 pm

The RDOS EOC is advising residents to be aware of the potential for hazardous road conditions 

Tulameen Resiliency Centre will be open:

Thursday – health support: nurse practitioner and disaster psychosocial professional on-site

Sunday – recovery support: tips and information to assist with property remediation

For more info: Hot Topics | RDOS

EOC Update: Evacuation Order RESCINDED in Electoral Area H (Rural Princeton) Wednesday, Dec. 8, 2021 11:00 am

An Evacuation Order issued by the Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen (RDOS) for properties in Electoral Area H and issued on December 1, 2021, is RESCINDED for the following properties listed in the attached Schedules 1 and 2.

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EOC Update: regional overview

The RDOS EOC is advising residents to be aware of the potential for hazardous road conditions.

The Tulameen resiliency centre will be open Thursday, December 9, 2021, and Sunday, December 12, 2021, from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm, at the Tulameen Community Centre. 

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EOC Update: regional overview | recovery after a flood Tuesday, Dec. 7, 2021 12:30 pm

The resiliency centre will be open Thursday, December 9, 2021, and Sunday, December 12, 2021, from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm, at the Tulameen Community Centre. Resource information will be available to support immediate health and recovery needs, including Emergency Support Services (ESS), Canadian Red Cross, and Disaster Financial Assistance.

Thursday – health support: nurse practitioner and disaster psychosocial professional on-site

Sunday – recovery support: tips and information to assist with property remediation

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EOC Update: regional overview Dec. 6, 2021 12:30 pm

The RDOS EOC is advising residents to be aware of the potential for hazardous road conditions in sub zero conditions.

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EOC Update: regional overview Dec. 4, 2021 11:00 am

The RDOS EOC is advising residents to be aware of the potential for hazardous road conditions.

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EOC Update: Evacuation Order RESCINDED in Electoral Area H (Rural Princeton) Friday, Dec. 3, 2021 7:00 pm

An Evacuation Order issued by the Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen (RDOS) for properties in Electoral Area H and issued on November 15, 2021 and December 1, 2021, is RESCINDED for the following properties listed in the attached Schedules 1 and 2.

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EOC Update: Evacuation Order RESCINDED to Alert Area B (Cawston) Friday, Dec. 3, 2021 7:00 pm

An Evacuation Order issued by the Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen (RDOS) for properties in the Chopaka area of Electoral Area B and issued on December 1, 2021, is RESCINDED to an Evacuation Alert for the following properties listed in the attached Schedules 1 and 2.

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EOC Update: Evacuation Order RESCINDED Area H (Rural Princeton) Friday, Dec. 3, 2021 7:00 pm

An Evacuation Order issued by the Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen (RDOS) for properties in Electoral Area “H” and issued on November 15, 2021 and December 1, 2021, is RESCINDED for the following properties listed in the attached Schedules 1 and 2.

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EOC Update: Evacuation Alert RESCINDED Area G (Rural Keremeos) Friday, Dec. 3, 2021 7:00 pm

An Evacuation Alert issued by the Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen (RDOS) for properties in Electoral Area G and issued on November 26, 2021 and December 1, 2021 have been RESCINDED for the attached properties in Schedule 1.

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EOC Update: Evacuation Order RESCINDED Area G (Rural Keremeos)

An Evacuation Order issued by the Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen (RDOS) on December 1, 2021 for properties in Electoral Area G for the specified area in the attached Schedule 1, is RESCINDED. 

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EOC Update: Evacuation Alert RESCINDED Area B (Cawston) Friday, Dec. 3, 2021 7:00 pm

An Evacuation Alert issued by the Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen (RDOS) for properties in Electoral Area B and issued on November 26, 2021 and December 1, 2021 is RESCINDED for the attached addresses in Schedule 1 for the specified areas of Electoral Area B.

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EOC Update: Evacuation Alert RESCINDED Area H (Rural Princeton) Friday, Dec. 3, 2021 7:00 pm

An Evacuation Order issued by the Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen (RDOS) for properties in Electoral Area H and issued on November 15, 18, 20, and 25, 2021 is RESCINDED for the following properties listed in the attached Schedule 1.

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EOC Update: regional overview | Evacuation Alerts and Orders Friday, Dec. 3, 2021 2:30 pm

As a result of data from the ground, and an aerial flyover of the Tulameen River and Similkameen River, conducted on Friday, December 3, 2021, Evacuation Alerts and Orders are in the process of being updated.

A resiliency centre will be open at the Tulameen Community Centre on Saturday, December 4, 2021 from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm.

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EOC Update: regional overview Friday, Dec. 3, 2021 12:00 pm

The Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen Emergency Operations Centre (RDOS EOC) continues to conduct Rapid Damage Assessments (RDA) throughout the region. 

An aerial flyover of the Tulameen River and Similkameen River is being conducted (Dec. 3, 2021). This assessment, along with information and data gathered on the the ground, will help determine the status of Evacuation Alerts and Orders.

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EOC Update: Regional Overview Dec 2, 2021 10:45 am

The Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen Emergency Operations Centre (RDOS EOC) is advising residents to be aware of potential flooding. Based on available information, including weather advisories, areas prone to flooding may flood again as the weather changes.

The public is advised to stay clear of the fast-flowing rivers and potentially unstable riverbanks during the high-streamflow period. Many bridges, highways, roads and dykes are compromised, washed out or highly stressed. Please do not travel unless absolutely necessary. Do not use backcountry or Forest Service Roads, they may be eroded and their stability cannot be guaranteed. If you must travel, check drivebc.ca for the latest updates.

Evacuation Alerts and Orders
Additional Evacuation Alerts and Orders were issued on December 1, 2021. The table below provides the total number of homes on alert and order since November 14, 2021.

Electoral Area B
Order: 2
Alert: 55

Electoral Area G
Order: 4
Alert: 347

Electoral Area H
Order: 348
Alert: 992


Check whether your property is on alert or order by typing your address in the search bar of the interactive map available at https://emergency.rdos.bc.ca/interactive-map   

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EOC Update: State of Local Emergency declared for Electoral Area G Dec. 1 2021 6:45 pm

WHEREAS due to the Similkameen River flooding in Electoral Area G and the imminent threat to life and property; and,

With the power authorized under Section 12 (1) of the Emergency Program Act (RS, 1996, Chap 111) it is now declared that a state of local emergency exists in the RDOS for all of Electoral Area G;

The State of Local Emergency commences immediately on December 1, 2021 to remain in force for seven days until date December 8, 2021 at midnight unless revoked by order of Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen or the Minister responsible.

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EOC Update: State of Local Emergency declared for Electoral Area B Dec. 1 2021 6:45 pm

WHEREAS due to the Similkameen River flooding in Electoral Area B and the imminent threat to life and property; and,

With the power authorized under Section 12 (1) of the Emergency Program Act (RS, 1996, Chap 111) it is now declared that a state of local emergency exists in the RDOS for all of Electoral Area B;

The State of Local Emergency commences immediately on December 1, 2021 to remain in force for seven days until date December 8, 2021 at midnight unless revoked by order of Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen or the Minister responsible.

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EOC Update: Evacuation ALERT issued for Electoral Area G (Rural Keremeos) Dec. 1 2021 6:15 pm

Due to the threat of flooding in Electoral Area G (Rural Keremeos) and because of the potential danger to life, health, and property damage, the Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen (RDOS) has issued an Evacuation Alert for low-lying properties along the Similkameen River. 

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EOC Update: Evacuation ORDER issued for Electoral Area G Dec 1 2021 6:45 pm

Pursuant to the Emergency Program Act, an Evacuation ORDER has been issued by the Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen (RDOS) due to the immediate danger to life and property due to flooding along the Similkameen River in Electoral Area G, evacuation of properties in Schedule 1 is to commence immediately.

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EOC Update: Evacuation ORDER issued for Electoral Area G Dec 1 2021 6:45 pm

A State of Local Emergency has been declared for all of Electoral Area G

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EOC Update: Evacuation ALERT issued for Electoral Area B (Cawston) Dec. 1 2021 5:15 pm

Due to the continued threat of flooding and because of the potential danger to life, health, and property damage, the Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen (RDOS) has issued an Evacuation Alert for a low-lying properties in Electoral Area B (Cawston).

See the list of properties in Schedule 1 and map of properties in Schedule 2.

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EOC Update: Evacuation ORDER issued for Electoral Area B (Chopaka) Dec 1 2021 4:45 pm

Pursuant to the Emergency Program Act, an Evacuation ORDER has been issued by the Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen (RDOS) due to the immediate danger to life and property due to flooding along the Similkameen River in Electoral Area B, evacuation of properties in Schedule 1 is to commence immediately.

RCMP will be expediting this action.

 

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EOC Update: Evacuation ORDER issued for Electoral Area H (Rural Princeton) Wednesday, Dec. 1, 2021 1:00 pm

Pursuant to the Emergency Program Act, an Evacuation ORDER has been issued by the Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen (RDOS) due to the immediate danger to life and property due to flooding along the Similkameen River in Electoral Area H, evacuation of properties in Schedule 1 is to commence immediately.

RCMP will be expediting this action.

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EOC Update: flood warning | regional overview Wednesday, Dec. 1, 2021 11:30 am

The Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen Emergency Operations Centre (RDOS EOC) is advising residents to be aware of potential flooding. Based on available information, including weather advisories, areas prone to flooding may flood again as the weather changes.

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EOC UPDATE: Flood Warning – Coldwater, Nicola, Tulameen, Similkameen, Spius ISSUED: Dec. 1, 2021 8:30 am

The River Forecast Centre is upgrading to a Flood Warning for:

  • Tulameen River
  • Similkameen River
  • Spius Creek
  • Coldwater River
  • Lower Nicola River

The public is advised to stay clear of the fast-flowing rivers and potentially unstable riverbanks during the high-streamflow period.

The River Forecast Centre continues to monitor the conditions and will provide updates as conditions warrant.

BC River Forecast Centre

Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development

Flood Warning means that river levels have exceeded bankfull or will exceed bankfull imminently, and that flooding of areas adjacent to the rivers affected will result. 

Information for owners of sewer systems in flooded areas

The Province of BC is advising owners of sewer systems who live in flooded areas about potential risks for human health and the environment, and how to mitigate them.

BC Ministry of Health Information Bulletin 

Sign up now for Voyent Alert! notifications

The RDOS is transitioning to the new Voyent Alert! notifications in early December 2021. The Voyent Alert! system uses geo-targeted technology to pinpoint exact properties, rather than notifying the entire Electoral Area.

For email, text, or phone notifications, get started here: https://voyent-alert.com/ca/community/#registration

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EOC Update: regional overview Tuesday, November 30, 2021 12:15 pm

Flood Watch advisory

The BC River Forecast Centre’s Flood Watch advisory issued at 9:45 for the Tulameen River in Electoral Area H and a Flood Watch advisory for the Similkameen River in Electoral Area H are both still in effect.

Sandbagging -There are 6 locations available for sandbags. 

New Voyent Alert Notification system - Please sign up directly with Voyent Alert! Receive notifications for critical events, wildfires, and flooding, as well as day-to-day communications such as garbage and recycling information, water and sewer notices, and public engagement opportunities.

Evacuation Alerts and Orders - remain in place within the RDOS. Use the interactive map to confirm whether your property is under Evacuation Alert or Order by typing your address into the search bar: https://emergency.rdos.bc.ca.

For furhter info:  Hot Topics | RDOS

Dangerous weather pattern continues for BC Monday, November 29 to Thursday, December 2, 2021

EOC Update: Evacuation ORDER issued for Stevenson Creek Road Electoral Area H Monday, Nov. 29, 2021 2:00pm

Evacuation ORDER has been issued by the Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen (RDOS) due to flooding alongside the Similkameen River resulting in loss of access to the property on Stevenson Creek Road in Electoral Area H.

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EOC Update: regional overview Monday, November 29, 2021 11:30 am

The BC River Forecast Centre’s Flood Watch advisory for Flood Warning of the Tulameen River in Electoral Area H and a Flood Watch advisory for the Similkameen River in Electoral Area H are both still in effect.

Reminder that all Evacuation Alerts and Orders remain in place within the RDOS. Use the interactive map to confirm whether your property is under Evacuation Alert or Order by typing your address into the search bar: https://emergency.rdos.bc.ca.

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EOC Update: River Forecast Centre issues Flood Warning for Tulameen River, Flood Watch for Similkameen River Sunday Nov. 28 2021 8:00 pm

The BC River Forecast Centre has upgraded the Flood Watch advisory to Flood Warning for the Tulameen River in Electoral Area H. A Flood Warning advisory means riverbanks are full and flooding will result in areas adjacent to affected rivers.

A Flood Watch advisory has also been issued for the Similkameen River in Electoral Area H. A Flood Watch advisory means riverbanks are nearing full and may result in flooding of areas adjacent to affected rivers.

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EOC Update: Rising waters in Tulameen area Sunday Nov. 28, 2021 3:45 pm

The Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen Emergency Operations Centre (RDOS EOC) is advising anyone remaining within an Evacuation Order zone in the Tulameen area of Electoral Area H to leave their properties immediately.

Residents within the Evacuation Alert area of Tulameen and Coalmont should be prepared to leave their properties in a moment’s notice. If river levels continue to rise, seek out higher ground. The Evacuation Alert may be upgraded to an Evacuation Order at any time, and you should be prepared to leave your property immediately.

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EOC Update: regional overview Sunday, Nov. 28, 2021 11:45 am

The River Forecast Centre has issued a Flood Watch advisory for the Tulameen River and Similkameen River.

River levels are rising and will approach or may exceed bankfull. Flooding of areas adjacent to affected rivers may occur. Rain and accompanying snow melt are expected now through Wednesday, December 1, 2021. High winds may accompany these storms on the BC Coast and parts of the BC Interior.

The River Forecast Centre may issue a Flood Warning advisory should weather conditions deteriorate. Flood Warning means that river levels have exceeded bankfull or will exceed bankfull imminently, and that flooding of areas adjacent to the rivers affected will result.

Preparing for rising water levels

  • Move equipment and other materials to higher ground.
  • Protect your valuables in waterproof containers. Empty crawlspaces if possible.
  • Raise large appliances in the basement above the potential water level from a flood.
  • Find your floor drain and make sure nothing is covering it like boxes, furniture or carpet.
  • Check that your roof and eavestroughs are draining properly in heavy rains and that downspouts are directed well away from your home. 
  • Clean leaves, garbage, ice and other debris away from the storm drains near your home.
  • Buy or make an emergency kit, and keep it stocked. Families should be prepared to be self-sustaining for at least three days.
  • During the COVID-19 pandemic also add hygiene items such as hand sanitizer and non-medical masks to your kit to keep your family safe during an evacuation.

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Information on drinking-water wells, water testing and returning home after an evacuation

Please find the latest Information on drinking-water wells in flooded areas of B.C visit: Information on drinking-water wells in flooded areas of B.C. | BC Gov News

For a list of Laboratories approved by BC Provincial Health Officer and Interior Health Authority for drinking water microbiology testing, please use the following link:  https://emergency.rdos.bc.ca/assets/8-3-1-PHO-Approved-Laboratory-List-20210630.pdf   

Returning home after an evacuation? BC Centre for Disease Control have issued this information on key hazards to be aware of when re-entering a flood zone and returning home after evacuation. Please be aware of possible risks including contamination, electrical hazards, carbon monoxide, and live animals that may have taken refuge in your property. 

EOC Update: Saturday, November 27, 2021 11:00 am

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Please note new: 

  • High Streamflow Advisory
  • Road Closures
  • Weather Forecast

The Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen Emergency Operations Centre (RDOS EOC) is advising residents to be aware of potential flooding. Based on available information, including weather advisories, areas prone to flooding may flood again as the weather changes. 

EOC Update: regional overview Friday, Nov. 26, 2021 3:00 pm

The Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen Emergency Operations Centre (RDOS EOC) is advising residents to be aware of potential flooding. Based on available information, including weather advisories, areas prone to flooding may flood again as the weather changes. Evacuation Alerts along the Similkameen River and Tulameen River are in place to advise residents of the potential dangers of slope instability near the rivers. Properties located at higher elevations have not been identified as areas of immediate concern.

Evacuation Alerts are issued out of an abundance of caution based on recommendations by subject matter experts.

Hot Topics | RDOS 

EOC Update: Evacuation Alert RESCIND for properties in Electoral Area B (Cawston) and Area G (Rural Keremeos) Friday, Nov. 26, 2021 1:30 pm

An Evacuation Alert issued by the Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen (RDOS) for properties in Electoral Area B and issued on November 15, 2021, is RESCINDED.

An Evacuation Alert issued by the Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen (RDOS) for properties in Electoral Area G and issued on November 15, 2021, is RESCINDED.

The RDOS Emergency Operations Centre (EOC) is advising residents to be aware of changing conditions and potential flooding. 

Hot Topics | RDOS 

EOC Update: Evacuation ORDER issued for Electoral Area H (Rural Princeton) Friday, Nov. 26, 2021 11:30 am

Pursuant to the Emergency Program Act, an Evacuation ORDER has been issued by the Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen (RDOS) due to immediate danger to life and property due to flooding along the Similkameen River in Electoral Area H, evacuation of property in Schedule 1 is to commence immediately.

RCMP will be expediting this action.

Hot Topics | RDOS 

EOC Update: Evacuation Order RESCIND to Alert in Electoral Area G (Rural Keremeos) Friday, Nov. 26, 2021 10:30 am

An Evacuation Order issued for three properties shown in Schedule 1 for the Riverside RV Park and Estates area of Electoral Area G, issued on November 15, 2021, has been RESCINDED.

Due to the continued threat of flooding in the area, the Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen (RDOS) now notifies those properties identified in Schedule 1 that an Evacuation Alert remains in place.

An Evacuation Alert means being prepared to evacuate your property immediately.

Hot Topics | RDOS 

EOC Update: Evacuation Order RESCIND to Alert in Electoral Area B (Cawston) Friday, Nov. 26, 2021 10:00 am

An Evacuation Order issued for four properties shown in Schedule 1 for the Chopaka area of Electoral Area B, issued on November 15, 2021, has been RESCINDED.

Due to the continued threat of flooding in the area, the Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen (RDOS) now notifies those properties in Schedule 1 that an Evacuation Alert remains in place.

An Evacuation Alert means being prepared to evacuate your property immediately.

Hot Topics | RDOS 

Dangerous weather pattern for BC

Environment and Climate Change Canada 

Three atmospheric rivers forecast to affect BC over the next seven days and have been consistently forecast.

Event duration: Thursday, November 25 to Wednesday, December 1, 2021.

High winds may accompany these storms on the BC Coast and parts of the BC Interior.

Since many areas of BC still have flooding and are still in recovery from the November 13-15 storm, further impacts can occur with less rain and wind than normal.

Refer to Environment Canada and River Forecast Centre alerts, including special weather statements and warnings over the next week.

Prepared BC emergency guides and resources

EOC Update: Similkameen River, donations, and large item removal Thursday, Nov. 25, 2021 2:00 pm

The Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen Emergency Operations Centre (RDOS EOC) is advising residents to be aware of potential flooding. Based on available information, including weather advisories, areas prone to flooding may flood again as the weather changes. The RDOS EOC is working with the Town of Princeton EOC to provide support. For the latest updates, please visit https://princeton.ca.

Please continue to check on neighbours and report any concerns to the RDOS EOC. In the case of an emergency or danger to life and safety, please call 9-1-1 immediately.

Hot Topics | RDOS 

EOC Update: Evacuation Alert issued for a specified area along the Similkameen River in Electoral Area H Thursday, Nov. 25, 2021 11:00 am

An Evacuation Alert prepares residents to evacuate the area should an Evacuation Order be issued. As much advance notice as possible will be provided prior to an Evacuation Order, however you may receive limited notice due to changing conditions.

RCMP expedited this action. 

Hot Topics | RDOS

Emergency – natural disaster protocol for electrical and gas equipment safety

Procedures for re-commissioning gas & electrical equipment after a natural disaster has occurred.

Natural disaster protocol for equipment safety | Technical Safety BC

Laboratories approved by BC Provincial Health Officer

For drinking water microbiology testing (June 20, 2021)

Click here to view the list.

EOC Update: Evacuation Order issued for Electoral Area H (Rural Princeton) Wednesday, Nov. 24, 2021 2:00 pm

Pursuant to the Emergency Program Act, an Evacuation ORDER has been issued by the Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen (RDOS) for one address due to immediate danger to life and property due to flooding along the Similkameen River in Electoral Area “H”, evacuation of property in Schedule 1 is to commence immediately. RCMP and Search and Rescue will be expediting this action.

Hot Topics | RDOS

EOC Update: regional overview Wednesday, Nov. 24, 2021 1:00 pm

Please be aware of potential flooding. Based on available information, including weather advisories, areas prone to flooding may flood again as the weather changes.

In the event of an emergency or danger to life and safety, please call 9-1-1 immediately.

Sand and sandbags are available to protect homes, businesses, and properties. 

Hot Topics | RDOS

EOC Update: regional overview Tuesday, Nov. 23, 2021 5:15 pm

All Evacuation Alerts and Orders remain in place. Sand and sandbags available. Additional support available for those on Evacuation Orders.

Hot Topics | RDOS 

EOC Update: regional overview Tuesday, Nov. 23, 2021 12:30 pm

All Evacuation Alerts and Orders remain in place. Rapid Damage Assessment teams continue to visit communities.

Hot Topics | RDOS 

EOC Update: regional overview Monday, Nov. 22, 2021 4:00 pm

The Regional District of the Okanagan-Similkameen Emergency Operations Centre (RDOS EOC) is reminding residents and visitors about the dangers of fast-moving water and to please avoid all unnecessary travel.

The RDOS EOC, with support from BC Wildfire Service, continue to conduct Rapid Damage Assessments (RDA) throughout the region. At this time, RDA’s have been completed for the communities of Tulameen and Coalmont.

Hot Topics | RDOS

EOC Update: regional overview Monday, Nov. 22, 2021 10:30 am

Evacuation Alerts and Orders remain in place within the Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen (RDOS).

The Province of BC is advising that drinking-water wells in flooded areas may be at risk of contamination.

Hot Topics | RDOS

 

EOC Update: regional overview Sunday, Nov. 21, 2021 10:30 am

Evacuation Alerts and Orders remain in place within the Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen (RDOS). Use the interactive map to confirm whether your property is under Evacuation Alert or Order by typing your address into the search bar. https://emergency.rdos.bc.ca

Rapid Damage Assessment teams are visiting properties in the region, including the Town of Princeton

Hot Topics | RDOS 

 

EOC Update: Evacuation Alerts and Orders remain in place, flood recovery Nov. 20, 2021 3:00 pm

The Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen Emergency Operations Centre (RDOS EOC) is working with Electoral Areas, Indigenous communities, member municipalities, fire departments, and community partners to ensure the safety of residents, provide the necessary supplies, and assist with recovery efforts.

Evacuation Alerts and Orders remain in place. Use the interactive map to check your property’s status by typing the address into the search bar.

Hot Topics | RDOS

EOC Update: flood recovery Nov. 20, 2021 12:00 pm

The Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen Emergency Operations Centre (RDOS EOC) is working with Electoral Areas, Indigenous communities, member municipalities, fire departments, and community partners to ensure the safety of residents, provide the necessary supplies, and assist with recovery efforts.

Transport Canada Area Restrictions

An interim restriction respecting certain flooded areas in British Columbia for all watercraft vessels has been issued by Transport Canada, including the areas of the Similkameen River and waters over the floodplains along Crowsnest Highway, from south of Hedley to the U.S. border, and Tulameen River and the waters over the floodplains in the vicinity of the village of Tulameen.

Rapid Damage Assessment teams are visiting properties in the region including Tulameen and Coalmont in Electoral Area H (Rural Princeton) as well as the Town of Princeton. Re-entry kits and information are being distributed directly to properties impacted by flooding. The RDOS Emergency Operations Centre is working with the Town of Princeton and partner agencies to identify and dispatch professional services including electrical, gas, and restoration.

If you have a coloured placard on your home, please be aware:

Green placard:

re-entry permitted if the property is not located within an Evacuation Order area. 

Yellow placard:

access is restricted subject to varying conditions. Further information will be provided on the placard. 

Red placard:

do not enter the property unless authorization has been granted by the jurisdictional authority.

 

Hot Topics | RDOS

EOC Update: Evacuation Alert issued for Eastgate, San Ang and Manning Park areas in Electoral Area H Nov. 20, 2021 10:15 am

Due to the continued impact from flooding in the areas outlined below; and because of the potential danger to life, health, and property damage, the Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen (RDOS) has issued an Evacuation Alert for the communities of Eastgate, San Ang and Manning Park in Electoral Area H.

See the list of properties in Schedule 1 and map of properties in Schedule 2 at the link below.

Hot Topics | RDOS

EOC Update: flood recovery Friday, November 19, 2021 2:00 pm

Rapid Damage Assessment teams are visiting properties in the region including Tulameen and Coalmont in Electoral Area H (Rural Princeton) as well as the Town of Princeton. Re-entry kits and information are being distributed directly to properties impacted by flooding. The RDOS Emergency Operations Centre is working with the Town of Princeton and partner agencies to identify and dispatch professional services including electrical, gas, and restoration.

Hot Topics | RDOS 

EOC Update: Evacuation Alert issued for Tulameen and Coalmont in Electoral Area H Thursday, November 18, 2021 10:00 am

An Evacuation Order has been issued for properties in Electoral Area H

Hot Topics | RDOS

EOC Update: Avoid fast-moving water | flood recovery Wednesday, November 17, 2021 3:30 pm

The Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen Emergency Operations Centre (RDOS EOC) is reminding residents and visitors about the dangers of fast-moving water. Please be aware of fallen or unstable trees and utility poles, damaged gas and power lines, and water and sewage contamination. Please avoid all unnecessary travel. If you must leave your current location, check drivebc.ca for the latest updates.

Hot Topics | RDOS

BC Hwy 3 OPEN between Princeton BC and Keremeos after flooding

EOC Update: Emergency Support Services and regional overview Wednesday, November 17, 2021 10:45 am

The Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen Emergency Operations Centre (RDOS EOC) is actively working with provincial agencies and responders to assess flooded communities across the region.

Emergency Support Services
If your property is under Evacuation Order or Alert due to flooding, please register with the Evacuee Registration and Assistance (ERA) tool ess.gov.bc.ca or call
1-833-498-3770.

Disaster Financial Assistance (DFA)

Visit http://emergency.rdos.bc.ca for helpful links and information, or call the EOC: 250-490-4225

Click the interactive map for current information including Evacuation Orders and Alerts.  

More info: Hot Topics | RDOS

EOC Update: Evacuation Alert RESCIND for properties within the Village of Keremeos

An Evacuation Alert issued by the Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen (RDOS) for properties within the Village of Keremeos issued on November 15, 2021 is RESCINDED..

Hot Topics | RDOS

EOC Update: Risk Assessments Underway

The Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen Emergency Operations Centre (RDOS EOC) is actively working with provincial agencies and responders to assess flooded communities across the region.

The RDOS is currently conducting risk assessments of properties in Tulameen and Coalmont. The assessments include checking homes and driveways watching for potential dangers such as fallen or unstable trees, damaged gas and power lines, and water and sewage contamination.

Hot Topics | RDOS

 

EOC Update: Avoid bridges, roadways and dykes, remain in place if safe to do so Nov. 16, 2021 10:45 am

The Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen Emergency Operations Centre (RDOS EOC) continues to monitor flooding and high water across the region. The current situation is dynamic and constantly changing, the safety of first responders and the public remains paramount.

Many bridges, highways, roads and dykes are compromised, washed out or highly stressed. Please do not travel unless absolutely necessary. Do not visit flooding sites or high water areas or river systems for any reason. Do not use backcountry or Forest Service Roads, they may be eroded and their stability cannot be guaranteed.

Hot Topics | RDOS

Updates from Town of Princeton

EOC Update: Evacuation ORDER issued in Electoral Area H Nov. 15, 2021 4:45pm

An Evacuation ORDER has been issued in Electoral Area H.

Hot Topics | RDOS 

EOC Update: Evacuation ORDER issued in Electoral Area B Nov. 15, 2021 4:45pm

An Evacuation Order has been issued for properties in Electoral Area B.

Hot Topics | RDOS

EOC Update: Evacuation ORDER issued in Electoral Area G Nov. 15, 2021 4:45pm

An Evacuation Order has been issued for properties in Electoral Area G.

Hot Topics | RDOS

EOC Update: Declaration of State of Local Emergency in Electoral Area G

A State of Local Emergency (SOLE) has been declared for all of Electoral Area G.

Hot Topics | RDOS

EOC Update: Evacuation Alert issued for properties within the Village of Keremeos

Evacuation Alerts have been issued for properties in the Village of Keremeos along the Similkameen River.

Hot Topics | RDOS

Evacuation Alerts have been issued for the Similkameen Valley and properties within the Village of Keremeos.

Hot Topics | RDOS

EOC Update: Flood and High Water Monitoring Continues November 15, 2021 12:45 pm

The Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen Emergency Operations Centre (RDOS EOC) continues to monitor flooding and high water across the region. The current situation is dynamic and constantly changing, the safety of first responders and the public remains top priority.

Hot Topics | RDOS

EOC Update: Flooding in Electoral Area H

Sunday, November 14, 2021 11:00 pm

The Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen Emergency Operations Centre (RDOS EOC) is activated due to flooding in the Tulameen area in Electoral Area H.

Click here to view the Evacuation Order.

Residents and visitors are advised to be aware of unsafe debris and to stay clear of floodwaters.

View the information release.

EOC Update: Evacuation Order issued for Electoral Area H

Sunday, November 14, 2021 9:45 pm

Pursuant to the Emergency Program Act, an Evacuation ORDER has been issued by the Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen (RDOS) for 34 addresses due to immediate danger to life safety due to Tulameen River flooding in Electoral Area H. 

Search and Rescue under the direction of RCMP will be expediting notifications and enforcement.

View the information release.

EOC activated due to flooding in Tulameen area in Electoral Area H

Please follow RDOS Emergency Operations Centre (EOC) on social media for updates.

Updates will be posted as information becomes available.

emergency.rdos.bc.ca

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EOC Update: 2021 wildfire thank you video | helping each other

The Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen Emergency Operations Centre (RDOS EOC) has uploaded a new video to the RDOS YouTube channel. The video was created to acknowledge and thank everyone involved in the 2021 wildfire season.

View the information release.

2021 Wildfire Response - Emergency Support Services and Recovery Support Update

Emergency Support Services support will be ending as of November 30, 2021. At the request of Emergency Management British Columbia (EMBC), Canadian Red Cross will provide households who have been unable to return home following the 2021 B.C. Fires with financial assistance to support their interim housing needs during their recovery.

View the information bulletin.

Smoke from Pile Burning to be Visible in Naramata Area

The BC Wildfire Service is planning to burn about 150 piles of wood debris in an area near the Arawana Forest Service Road, about five kilometres east of Naramata. The burns are scheduled to start on Monday, Nov. 8, 2021, and will be concluded by Thursday, March 31, 2022.

View the information bulletin.

Pile burning for Wildfire Risk Reduction Projects in Penticton area

The BC Wildfire Service, in conjunction with Okanagan Shuswap Resource District and Penticton Indian Band, plans to burn approximately 1,100 piles of wood debris in several locations throughout the Penticton Fire Zone as part of fuels management projects intended to reduce the wildfire hazard present in the Penticton area.

View the information bulletin.

EOC Update: Public and Evacuee Survey

The Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen Emergency Operations Centre (RDOS EOC) is seeking feedback from the public and evacuees regarding its response to the 2021 wildfire season. The Public and Evacuee Survey is open until Friday, October 29, 2021. 

Hot Topics | RDOS

EOC Update: Recovery Resources Oct 15 2021 11:30 am

The Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen Emergency Operations Centre (RDOS EOC) continues to provide referrals to those affected by wildfires within the region. Referrals are part of the EOC wildfire recovery coordination through the several resources at the link below.

View the information release:

Hot Topics | RDOS 

EOC Update: Evacuation Alert RESCINDED for Electoral Area H Sept. 5, 2021 4:00 pm

An Evacuation Alert issued by the Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen Emergency Operations Centre (RDOS EOC) on August 29, 2021 in the area of Kennedy Lake and Whipsaw in Electoral Area H has now been RESCINDED to ALL CLEAR.

There are no properties on Evacuation Alert in the RDOS due to the Garrison Lake wildfire.

View the information release:

Hot Topics | RDOS 

EOC Update: Evacuation Alert RESCINDED for Electoral Area I Sept. 5, 2021 3:00 pm

An Evacuation Alert issued by the Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen Emergency Operations Centre (RDOS EOC) on September 3, 2021 for the area of Farleigh Lake in Electoral Area “I” has now been RESCINDED to ALL CLEAR. 

View the information release:

Hot Topics | RDOS 

EOC Update: Evacuation Alert remains in effect due to Hedges Butte wildfire Sept. 4, 2021 1:30 pm

An Evacuation Alert for the Hedges Butte wildfire issued by the Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen (RDOS) on Friday, September 3, 2021 remains in effect. Residents and property owners can pre-register with ESS by visiting https://ess.gov.bc.ca or calling 1-800-585-9559.

Kennedy Lake remains on Evacuation Alert due to the Garrison Lake wildfire.

View the information release: 

Hot Topics | RDOS

EOC Update: Evacuation ALERT issued for Electoral Area I Sept. 3, 2021 5:00 pm

Pursuant to the Emergency Program Act, an Evacuation ALERT has been issued by the Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen (RDOS) for 47 properties due to the Hedges Butte wildfire in Electoral Area I, located southwest of the community of Farleigh Lake. An Evacuation Alert prepares residents to evacuate the area should an Evacuation Order be issued.

View the information release:

Hot Topics | RDOS

EOC Update: Respect Area Restrictions and other considerations for the Long Weekend

The Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen Emergency Operations Centre (RDOS EOC) is reminding residents and visitors in the region to remain vigilant and ensure their activities do not spark any new fires or impede ongoing firefighting operations.

View the information release:

Hot Topics | RDOS

EOC Update: Evacuation Alert RESCIND to ALL CLEAR for Nk’Mip Creek Wildfire, Electoral Area C September 2, 2021 2:00 pm

An Evacuation Alert issued by the Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen (RDOS) in the Nk’Mip Creek area of Electoral Area C on August 8, 2021 is RESCINDED to all clear.

View the information release:
Hot Topics | RDOS

EOC Update: PIB Evacuation Alert remains in effect, Shrike Hill evacuees fridge/freezer pick up

The Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen Emergency Operations Centre (RDOS EOC) is in regular communication with BC Wildfire Service (BCWS), Penticton Indian Band (PIB) and the City of Penticton to monitor the status of the Skaha Creek wildfire.

An Evacuation Alert was issued by the PIB EOC on Monday, August 30, 2021 remains in effect

Residents in the Shrike Hill area who were on Evacuation Order and need to dispose of refrigerators and/or freezers should have these items to the curb for collection by 8:00 am on Thursday, September 2, 2021. Fridges and freezers must be empty and clean.

Hot Topics | RDOS

Penticton Indian Band issues Evacuation Alert for Skaha Creek wildfire effective August 30 2021 at 3:30 pm

The Penticton Indian Band Council has authorized an Evacuation Alert for properties in Skaha Hills, Riva Ridge, Holiday Hills RV Resort, as well as in the PIB Lower Village south of Shingle Creek effective August 30, 2021 at 3:30 pm.

Follow the link below for more information. 

Hot Topics | RDOS

Penticton Indian Band EOC Update: Skaha Creek Wildfire

The Penticton Indian Band Emergency Operations Centre (PIB EOC) has been activated in response to the Skaha Creek wildfire.

There are currently no evacuation alerts or orders at this time.

Hot Topics | RDOS

City of Penticton activates Emergency Operations Centre in response to Skaha Creek Wildfire

The City of Penticton activated its Emergency Operations Centre to prepare to support the response to the Skaha Creek Wildfire.

Penticton Indian Band issued an Evacuation Alert effective August 30, 2021 at 3:30 pm.

There are no Evacuation Alerts or Orders being considered for the City of Penticton at this time.

View the City of Penticton's information release.

 

Hot Topics | RDOS

EOC Update: RDOS is monitoring Skaha Creek wildfire

The Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen Emergency Operations Centre (RDOS EOC) is in regular communication with BC Wildfire Service (BCWS), Penticton Indian Band (PIB) and the City of Penticton to assess the status of the Skaha Creek wildfire.

There are currently no evacuation alerts or orders.

Hot Topics | RDOS

Wildfire Information: Follow BC Wildfire Service on Twitter, Facebook or BCWildfire.ca

The Regional District will post the latest information on Evacuation Alerts, Orders or Rescinds.  

For the latest wildfire information, please visit BC Wildfire Service (BCWS): BCWildfire.ca

BCWS Twitter: @BCGovFireInfo

BCWS Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BCForestFireInfo/

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EOC Update: Evacuation Order RESCIND Garrison Lake wildfire, Electoral Area H August 29, 2021 3:00 pm

An Evacuation Order issued by the Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen (RDOS) in the Garrison Lake area of Electoral Area H issued on August 14, 2021, is RESCINDED for all addresses in Eastgate and Placer Creek. Properties within Eastgate and Place Creek move to all clear.

Properties within Kennedy Lake and Whipsaw Creek (placed on Evacuation Order on August 15, 2021), will be placed on Evacuation Alert.

RDOS Hot Topics: www.rdos.bc.ca

Link

RDOS wildfire information video

BC Wildfire Service Information Officer Mike McCulley discusses planned ignitions, Evacuation Alerts and Orders, and general information about wildfires. For the latest information on wildfires of note, please visit: bcwildfire.ca 

Please click here to watch the video

EOC Update: RDOS continues to monitor Garrison Lake wildfire August 25, 2021 1:00 pm

The Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen Emergency Operations Centre (RDOS EOC) is in regular communication with BC Wildfire Service (BCWS) to assess the status of all Evacuation Alerts and Orders within the RDOS.

Please click the link below:

Hot Topics | RDOS 

EVACUATION ORDER RESCIND Thomas Creek Wildfire, Electoral Area D August 23, 2021

An Evacuation Order has been RESCINDED and is now considered all clear for Allendale Lake area of the Thomas Creek Wildfire.  

Hot Topics/RDOS

Evacuation Alert RESCIND Nk’Mip Creek wildfire, Electoral Area A August 20, 2021 2:30 pm

An Evacuation Alert issued by the Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen (RDOS) in the Nk’Mip Creek area of Electoral Area A issued on August 8, 2021 is RESCINDED. 

Please click the link below:

Hot Topics | RDOS

EOC Update: RDOS continues to monitor wildfire activity August 19, 2021 12:30 pm

The Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen Emergency Operations Centre (RDOS EOC) is in regular communication with BC Wildfire Service (BCWS) to assess the status of all Evacuation Alerts and Orders within the RDOS.

Please click the link below:

Hot Topics | RDOS 

EOC Update: Evacuation Order issued for Electoral Area H August 15 5:00 pm

An Evacuation order has been issued for Electoral Area H due to the Garrison Lake wildfire.

Please click the link below:

Hot Topics | RDOS 

EOC Update: Emergency Feed Program available for qualified farm operations

The Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen Emergency Operations Centre (RDOS EOC) is sharing that in order to assist farmers and ranchers with displaced commercial livestock, the Ministry of Agriculture and Food Fisheries (MOAFF), with support from Emergency Management BC (EMBC), has developed an Emergency Feed Program to provide up to 14 days of hay to qualified farm operations.  

Hot Topics | RDOS

EOC Update: An Evacuation Order issued in Electoral Area H August 14 2021 5:30 pm

An Evacuation order has been issued for Electoral Area H due to the Garrison Lake wildfire.

Please click the link below:

 Hot Topics | RDOS

EOC Update: Rescind Evacuation Order, extend Evacuation Alert for Electoral Area H August 12, 2021 at 2:30 pm

The Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen (RDOS) advises that the Garrison Lake wildfire Evacuation Order for the properties and parcels listed in the link below has been rescinded. The area previously under Evacuation Order is now on Evacuation Alert. All properties previously under Evacuation Alert will remain under Evacuation Alert. Properties on Evacuation Order not listed at the link below remain on Evacuation Order.

Hot Topics | RDOS

Follow-up Citizen Survey closes August 31, 2021

As a result of the 2020 Citizen Survey, the RDOS Board of Directors approved a short follow-up survey to provide further insights into how residents and property owners prefer to engage with the Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen (RDOS). The follow-up survey focuses on specific methods of receiving and sharing information about RDOS projects and initiatives.

Please click the link below:

Hot Topics | RDOS 

EOC Update: Live video update scheduled for Thursday, August 12 at 3:00 pm

The Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen (RDOS) will be hosting a live video update today, August 12, 2021 at 3:00 pm via the RDOS YouTube channel. BC Wildfire Service (BCWS) representatives will be in attendance to report on current wildfire activity.

Hot Topics | RDOS

Interior Health heat warning reminders August 11, 2021

As heat continues to build in the Interior, rising temperatures will increase the potential for heat-related illnesses.

Excessive heat exposure can lead to weakness, disorientation and exhaustion. In severe cases, it can also lead to heat stroke, also known as sunstroke. Heat stroke can be a life-threatening medical emergency.

Please click here to view the information bulletin.

Osoyoos Indian Band (OIB) Rescinds Evacuation Alert issued August 3, 2021

The Osoyoos Indian Band has rescinded an Evacuation Alert issued on August 3, 2021.

Hot Topics | RDOS

EOC Update: Evacuation Alert RESCIND Nk’Mip Creek wildfire Electoral Area A August 11, 2021 12:00 pm

An Evacuation Alert issued by the Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen (RDOS) in Nk’Mip Creek area of Electoral Area A issued on August 8, 2021 is RESCINDED.

 Hot Topics | RDOS

EOC Update: Returning home after a wildfire August 11, 2021 10:45 am

As wildfire activity moves further away from interface areas, evacuated residents and property owners will be advised when it is safe to return home. Do not return home before you have been advised by officials that it is safe to do. Obey all signs and detours upon returning, these have been designated as safe routes. PreparedBC offers resources and information about what to expect when you return home from a wildfire.

Hot Topics | RDOS

RDOS transitions from CivicReady to Voyent Alert! in December 2021

The CivicReady mass notification system used by the RDOS will no longer be able to support its Canadian clients or continue to maintain a Canadian database, as of November 2021. Once the current contract with CivicReady expires at the end of November 2021, the RDOS will be transitioning to the Canadian-based company Voyent Alert!

CivicReady users will be sent reminder notifications prior to the change in service providers. 

Please click the link below:

Hot Topics | RDOS 

BC Wildfire Service - Kamloops Fire Centre Update August 10

See the latest BC Wildfire newsletter from the Kamloops Fire Centre

August 10 Newsletter

EOC Update: Evacuation Alert RESCIND Cool Creek wildfire, Electoral Area G - August 10, 2021 12:30 pm

An Evacuation Alert issued by the Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen (RDOS) in the Cool Creek area, north of Cathedral Provincial Park of Electoral Area G issued on July 29, 2021 is RESCINDED.

Hot Topics | RDOS

EOC Update: Live video update and planning for pets during emergencies August 10, 2021 11:15 am

A live video update is scheduled for today (Tuesday, August 10) at 2:00 pm. To view video updates, please visit the Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen (RDOS) YouTube channel.

Area Restriction notices are in effect for Nk’Mip Creek and Garrison Lake wildfires. When creating an emergency plan for your household, it is important to also plan for your pets.

Hot Topics | RDOS

EOC Update: Respect Area Restriction notices and important reminders - August 9 11:15 am

BC Wildfire Service (BCWS) is the lead agency for information about wildfires.

Please visit bcwildfire.ca for current wildfire size, status and resources.

The next live video update is scheduled for Tuesday, August 10 at 2:00 pm. To view video updates, please visit the Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen (RDOS) YouTube channel.

Hot Topics | RDOS

EOC Update: Evacuation Alerts and Orders August 8, 2021 3:30 pm

Please click the link to view the lastest EOC udpate: Hot Topics | RDOS

Area Restriction in effect for Garrison Lake wildfire (K62088)

The BC Wildfire Service has implemented an Area Restriction Order for the vicinity of the Garrison Lake wildfire (K62088) . The area, near Manning Park, is popular for outdoor recreation. In the interest of public and responder safety, this restriction is effective immediately and will remain in place until October 15, 2021, or until it is rescinded.

Information Bulletin and Map

EOC Update: Evacuation Alert RESCIND Nk’Mip Creek wildfire August 8, 2021 13:00

Nk’Mip Creek wildfire August 8, 2021 13:00

In Electoral Areas "A" and "C"  Evacuation Order revised to Evacuation Alert

Please click the link below:

Hot Topics | RDOS 

Nk'Mip wildfire Area Restriction Order Update - August 8, 2021

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BC Wildfire Service Okanagan Complex wildfire update August 7, 2021

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EOC Update: Evacuation Alert RESCIND Nk’Mip Creek wildfire, Electoral Area A and C August 6, 2021 12:30 pm

An Evacuation Alert issued by the Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen (RDOS) in the Nk’Mip Creek area of Electoral Area A and C issued on July 19, 2021 is RESCINDED for 154 properties and 42 properties with legal descriptions.

Please click the link below:

Hot Topics | RDOS 

EOC Update: Kennedy Lake remains on Evacuation Alert due to Garrison Lake wildfire August 6, 2021 11:00 am

The Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen Emergency Operations Centre (RDOS EOC) is advising property owners and residents in the community of Kennedy Lake in Electoral Area “H”, an Evacuation Alert remains in effect.

An Evacuation Alert means being prepared to evacuate your property immediately.

Residents will be given as much advance notice as possible prior to evacuations; you may receive limited notice due to changing conditions.

Please click the link below:

Hot Topics | RDOS 

BC Wildfire Service Okanagan Complex wildfire update August 5, 2021

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EOC Update: Evacuation Alert RESCIND Thomas Creek wildfire, Electoral Area D August 5, 2021 3:45 pm

An Evacuation Alert issued by the Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen (RDOS) in the Thomas Creek area of Electoral Area D issued on July 12, 2021 is RESCINDED for 77 properties.

Please click the link below:

Hot Topics | RDOS 

 

EOC Update: Evacuation Alert RESCIND, Evacuation Alert Nk’Mip Creek wildfire, Electoral Area A August 5, 2021 1:30 pm

An Evacuation Alert issued by the Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen (RDOS) in the Nk’Mip Creek area of Electoral Area A issued on July 27, 2021, and July 29, 2021, is RESCINDED for 251 properties at the link below.

Hot Topics | RDOS 

EOC Update: Evacuation Order RESCIND and Evacuation Alert Nk’Mip Creek wildfire, Electoral Area C August 5, 2021 12:00 pm

An Evacuation Order issued by the Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen (RDOS) in the Nk’Mip Creek area of Electoral Area C issued on July 19, 2021, is RESCINDED for the 63 properties listed in the attached Schedule 1 and shown in Schedule 2.

Due to the continued threat of fire and potential to expand back into this area, the Regional District now notifies those properties identified in Schedule 1 and shown in Schedule 2 that Evacuation Alert remains in place.

Please click the link below:

Hot Topics | RDOS 

EOC Update: Evacuation Order RESCIND Brenda Creek wildfire, Electoral Area H Thursday, August 5, 2021 10:00 am

An Evacuation Order issued by the Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen (RDOS) in the Brenda Creek area of Electoral Area H issued on July 15, 2021, is RESCINDED for 41 properties.

Please click the link below:

Hot Topics | RDOS 

EOC Update: Evacuation Alert RESCIND Thomas Creek wildfire, Electoral Area D August 4, 2021 3:00 pm

An Evacuation Alert issued by the Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen (RDOS) in the Thomas Creek area of Electoral Area D issued on July 12, 2021, is RESCINDED for the following properties listed in the attached Schedule 1 and shown in Schedule 2.

Please click the link below:

Hot Topics | RDOS

EOC Update: Evacuation Alerts and Orders August 4, 2021 1:30 pm

The Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen Emergency Operations Centre (RDOS EOC) remains activated in support of BC Wildfire Service (BCWS) operations in the region. The EOC was activated on July 11, 2021 and staff continue to ensure residents, property owners and visitors have the services and information they need.

Please click the link below:

Hot Topics | RDOS 

EOC Update: Evacuation Order RESCIND, Evacuation Alert Nk’Mip Creek wildfire, Electoral Area A August 3, 2021 5:00 pm

An Evacuation Order has been RESCINDED for 223 properties identified within the Nk’Mip Creek area of Electoral Area A.

Due to the continued threat of fire and potential to expand back into this area, the Regional District now notifies those properties identified in Schedule 1 and shown in Schedule 2 that Evacuation Alert remains in place.

An Evacuation Alert means being prepared to evacuate your property immediately.

Please click the link below:

Hot Topics | RDOS

EOC Update: Evacuation ALERT for Electoral Area H (Garrison Lake wildfire) August 3, 2021 16:00

Pursuant to the Emergency Program Act, an Evacuation Alert has been issued by the Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen (RDOS) due to the Garrison Lake wildfire, east of East Gate.

Please click the link below:

Hot Topics | RDOS 

EOC Update: Current Evacuation Alerts and Orders | Emergency Support Services August 3, 2021 2:00 pm

Evacuees who are under Evacuation Order for 10 days or longer may qualify for a one-time payment of $1,200. The B.C. government is teaming up with the Canadian Red Cross to provide B.C. households impacted by wildfire with a one-time payment of $1,200.

Emergency Management BC (EMBC) has a livestock policy to support commercial livestock that are part of a commercial farm/ranch business.

Please click the link below:

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Smoky Skies Bulletin - August 3, 2021

During a wildfire, smoke conditions can change quickly over short distances and can vary considerably hour-by-hour.

Please click here to view the bulletin.

EOC Update: Evacuation ALERT for Electoral Area H (Garrison Lake wildfire) August 3, 2021 11:00 am

Pursuant to the Emergency Program Act, an Evacuation ALERT has been issued by the Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen (RDOS) due to the Garrison Lake wildfire (K62088).

Please click the link below:

Hot Topics | RDOS 

EOC Update: Evacuation ALERT issued for Electoral Area H (Garrison Lake wildfire) August 1, 2021 2:00 pm

Pursuant to the Emergency Program Act, an Evacuation Alert has been issued by the Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen (RDOS) due to the Garrison Lake wildfire, east of East Gate.

Please click the link below:

Hot Topics | RDOS 

EOC Update: Evacuation Alert for Range Area between the communities of Kennedy Lake and Eastgate

Pursuant to the Emergency Program Act, an Evacuation ALERT has been issued by the Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen (RDOS) due to the Garrison Lake Wildfire in Area "H" 

An Evacuation Alert prepares residents to evacuate the area should an Evacuation Order be issued.

Please click the link below:

Hot Topics | RDOS

EOC Update: Evacuation Alert For One Property in Electoral Area H

Pursuant to the Emergency Program Act, an Evacuation ALERT has been issued by the Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen (RDOS) due to the Garrison Lake Wildfire in Area "H" 

An Evacuation Alert prepares residents to evacuate the area should an Evacuation Order be issued.

Please click the link below:

Hot Topics | RDOS

EOC Update: Evacuation Order issued for Electoral Area H July 31, 2021 8:00pm

Pursuant to the Emergency Program Act, an Evacuation ORDER has been issued by the Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen (RDOS) due to immediate danger to life safety due to the Garrison Lake wildfire in Electoral Area H. 

Please click the link below.

 Hot topics 

 

Nk'Mip Creek wildfire welcome back notice for property owners

This package contains important information about returning home after an ordered evacuation and the threat of a wildfire is over.

The Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen (RDOS) appreciates your respectful response to traffic control measures, including emergency and security personnel protecting your properties and working to get you back home as quickly as possible.

Returning Home: ensure your property and home are safe to enter

Click here to view the welcome back notice.

EOC Update: Current Evacuation Alerts and Orders and search function July 30, 2021 12:45 pm

Please visit the Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen Emergency Operations Centre (RDOS EOC) interactive map to review Evacuation Alert and Order areas: emergency.rdos.bc.ca

Use the search function to enter an address, or zoom in and select a property. Please note, for some addresses you may need to add ‘Okanagan Similkameen.’

Please click the link below:

Hot Topics | RDOS

EOC Update: Evacuation Order RESCIND, Evacuation Alert Nk’Mip Creek wildfire, Electoral Area A July 29, 2021 4:00 pm

An Evacuation Order has been RESCINDED for 191 properties identified within the Nk’Mip Creek area of Electoral Area A.

Due to the continued threat of fire and potential to expand back into this area, the Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen (RDOS) now notifies those properties identified in Schedule 1 that Evacuation Alert remains in place.

Please click the link below:

Hot Topics | RDOS

EOC video update: Thursday, July 29, 2021 2:00 pm PST

Latest information on the Nk'Mip Creek wildfire including Evacuation Alerts and Orders.

Other wildfires impacting the Regional District of Okanangan-Similkameen (RDOS) will also be discussed.

Watch the video update on the RDOS YouTube channel.

EOC Update: Evacuation Alert issued for Electoral Area G due to Cool Creek wildfire July 29, 2021 1:00 pm

Pursuant to the Emergency Program Act, an Evacuation ALERT has been issued by the Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen (RDOS) due to the Cool Creek wildfire, north of Cathedral Provincial Park.

An Evacuation Alert prepares residents to evacuate the area should an Evacuation Order be issued.

Please click the link below:

Hot Topics | RDOS

EOC Update: Current Evacuation Alerts and Orders July 28, 2021 12:00 pm

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EOC Update: Evacuation Order RESCIND, Evacuation Alert Nk’Mip Creek wildfire, Electoral Area A July 27, 2021 4:30 pm

An Evacuation Order has been RESCINDED for eight (8) properties identified within the Nk’Mip Creek area of Electoral Area A.

Please click the link below:

Hot Topics | RDOS

EOC Update: Current Evacuation Alerts and Orders | important reminders July 27, 2021 1:30 pm

Please click the link below to view the information release.

Hot Topics | RDOS 

EOC Update: Evacuation Order issued for Electoral Area D

An Evacuation Order has been issued for parcels in Electoral Area D

Hot Topics | RDOS

Osoyoos Indian Band Rescinds Order, Expands Alert

The Osoyoos Indian Band has rescinded its Evacuation Order and expanded its Evacuation Alert:

Hot Topics | RDOS

EOC Update: Current Evacuation Alerts and Orders and ESS July 26 2021 4:00 pm

Current information about Garrison Lake, Nk'Mip Creek, Brenda Creek, and Thomas Creek wildfires.

Hot Topics | RDOS

Okanagan Community Fire Bulletin of July 26 2021

Okanagan Community Fire Bulletin of July 26: 

Hot Topics - RDOS

EOC Update: Evacuation Order rescinded for 28 parcels, now on Evacuation Alert

Evacuation orders for 28 parcels (23 civic addresses) have been rescinded and are now on Evacuation Alert.

Hot Topics | RDOS

Smoky Skies Bulletin - July 26, 2021

During a wildfire, smoke conditions can change quickly over short distances and can vary considerably hourby-hour.

Please click here to view the bulletin.

EOC video update: Monday, July 26, 2021 2:00 pm PST

Latest information on the Nk'Mip Creek wildfire including Evacuation Alerts and Orders.

RDOS Emergency Operations Centre (EOC) will also update Evacuation Alerts and Orders due to Garrison Lake, Thomas Creek and Brenda Creek wildfires. 

Watch the video update on the RDOS YouTube channel.

EOC Update: Current Evacuation Alerts and Orders and ESS renewal for evacuees July 25, 2021 6:00 pm

Evacuees on Evacuation Order who require further services: extensions will be provided starting Monday, July 26, 2021 

Current information about Garrison Lake, Nk'Mip Creek, Brenda Creek, and Thomas Creek wildfires.

Message from Osoyoos Indian Band (OIB).

Hot Topics | RDOS 

Area Restriction in effect for Nk’Mip Creek wildfire

The BC Wildfire Service has implemented an Area Restriction Order for the vicinity of the Nk’Mip Creek wildfire (K52061). This area restriction reflects the continued need to protect the public in areas where ongoing fire suppression activities are taking place and to avoid interference with fire control.

Information Bulletin

EOC Update: Evacuation ORDER issued for Electoral Area H July 24, 2021 8:00 pm

Pursuant to the Emergency Program Act, the Regional District of the Okanagan-Similkameen, hereby orders that due to immediate danger to life and property due to the Garrison Lake wildfire in Electoral Area H, evacuation of two (2) properties in Schedule 1 is to commence immediately.

RCMP and Search and Rescue will be expediting this action.

Hot Topics | RDOS

EOC Update: Current Evacuation Alerts and Orders July 24, 2021 11:30 am

Latest updates on Garrison Lake, Nk'Mip Creek, Thomas Creek and Brenda Creek wildfires.

Hot Topics | RDOS

EOC Update: Evacuation ORDER expanded for Electoral Area C 11:00am

Pursuant to the Emergency Program Act, an Expanded Evacuation ORDER has been issued by the Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen (RDOS) due to immediate danger to life safety due to the Nk’Mip (Inkaneep) Creek wildfire in Electoral Area C.  

Hot Topics | RDOS

Osoyoos Indian Band RESCINDS Evacuation ORDER and issues evacuation ALERT

Effective July 24, 2021 at 0:00 the Osoyoos Indian Band has rescinded the Evacuation ORDER and issued an evacuation ALERT.

Hot Topics | RDOS

EOC Update: Evacuation ALERT issued for Electoral Area H July 23, 2021 7:45 pm

Pursuant to the Emergency Program Act, an Evacuation ALERT has been issued by the Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen (RDOS) due to the Garrison Lake wildfire, east of East Gate.

Hot Topics | RDOS

EOC Update: wildfire video update summary Friday, July 23, 2021

The Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen Emergency Operations Centre (RDOS EOC) held a joint wildfire video update on Friday, July 23, 2021. Representatives from BC Wildfire Service (BCWS), Town of Oliver, Town of Osoyoos, Penticton Indian Band (PIB) and the Regional District of Kootenay Boundary (RDKB) provided updates on the Nk’Mip Creek wildfire. Updates were also provided on Thomas Creek and Brenda Creek wildfires.

Next video update scheduled for Saturday, July 24 at 2:00 pm PST.

Hot Topics | RDOS 

BC Wildfire Bulletin Update for July 23, 2021

See the latest information bulletin from BC Wildfire Service:

Hot Topics | RDOS

EOC Update: Wildfire video update summary Friday, July 23, 2021

The Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen Emergency Operations Centre (RDOS EOC) held a joint wildfire video update on Friday, July 23, 2021. Representatives from BC Wildfire Service (BCWS), Town of Oliver, Town of Osoyoos, Penticton Indian Band (PIB) and the Regional District of Kootenay Boundary (RDKB) provided updates on the Nk’Mip Creek wildfire. Updates were also provided on Thomas Creek and Brenda Creek wildfires.

Next video update scheduled for Saturday, July 24 at 2:00 pm PST.

Hot Topics | RDOS 

EOC Update: Nk’Mip Creek, Thomas Creek and Brenda Creek wildfire status

Please see below for the latest updates regarding Brenda Creek, Thomas Creek and Nk'Mip Creek wildfires:

Hot Topics | RDOS

Osoyoos Indian Band EXPANDS Evacuation ORDER

Effective July 22, 2021 at 7:15 pm the Osoyoos Indian Band has issued an Evacuation ORDER for the properties provided at the link below:

Hot Topics | RDOS

 

Okanagan Fire Community Bulletin of July 22, 2021

View the latest Okanagan Fire Community Bulletin of July 22, 2021 from BC Wildfire Service:

21-K21001-Okanagan-Fire-Community-Bulletin-July-22.pdf (rdos.bc.ca)

EOC Update: Wildfire video update summary July 22, 2021

The summary from the live briefing held July 22, 2021 at 3:00 pm is available at the link below.

Hot Topics | RDOS 

EOC Update: Wildfire information session live update Thursday, July 22 at 3PM

Due to recent changes regarding the Nk’Mip Creek wildfire, the Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen (RDOS) will be holding a live wildfire information news briefing today (Thursday, July 22) at 3:00 pm.

The briefing will be carried by Castanet as a pool feed for media, and available to the public to watch live via Castanet’s YouTube channel or through their website www.castanet.net

EOC Update: Expanded Evacuation ORDER for Electoral Area A

An Evacuation ORDER has been issued for additional properties in Electoral Area A. The previous Evacuation ORDER issued July 20 remains in effect. Click the link below for a full list of properties on Evacuation ORDER.

Hot Topics | RDOS

EOC Update: Nk'Mip Creek, Thomas Creek and Brenda Creek wildfire status

Please see the link below for the latest update on the Nk'Mip Creek, Thomas Creek and Brenda Creek wildfire status:

Hot Topics | RDOS

Osoyoos Indian Band issues updated Evacuation ORDER July 21 2021 10:15 pm

Osoyoos Indian Band issued an updated Evacuation ORDER on July 21, 2021 at 10:15 pm. Click the link below for more information.

Hot Topics | RDOS 

EOC Update: Nk’Mip Creek, Thomas Creek and Brenda Creek wildfire status

The Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen Emergency Operations Centre (RDOS EOC) continues to work with BC Wildfire Service (BCWS) to monitor the Nk’Mip Creek, Thomas Creek and Brenda Creek wildfires.

View the EOC Update: Nk’Mip Creek, Thomas Creek and Brenda Creek wildfire status

EOC Update: Evacuation Alert due to the Thomas Creek wildfire in Electoral Area D July 21, 2021

An Evacuation Alert has been issued by the Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen (RDOS) due to the Thomas Creek wildfire, east of Skaha Lake in Electoral Area D.

View the Evacuation Alert

Evacuation ALERT due to the Nk’Mip Creek wildfire expanding into Electoral Area A

Pursuant to the Emergency Program Act, an Evacuation ALERT has been issued by the Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen (RDOS) due to the Nk’Mip Creek wildfire expanding into Electoral Area A.

An Evacuation Alert prepares residents to evacuate the area should an Evacuation Order be issued.

View the Evacuation Alert

EOC Update: Evacuation ORDER issued for Electoral Area A

Pursuant to the Emergency Program Act, an Evacuation ORDER has been issued by the Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen (RDOS) due to immediate danger to life safety due to the Nk’Mip (Inkaneep) Creek wildfire in Electoral Area A. 

View the Evacuation Order

EOC Update: State of Local Emergency declared for Electoral Area A July 20, 2021

EOC Update: FortisBC encourages decreasing energy consumption during Nk’Mip Creek wildfire.

FortisBC crews are in Osoyoos supporting local emergency services personnel as they respond to the Nk’Mip wildfire.

While the system is stable, FortisBC has de-energized parts of their electricity system. For this reason, customers in Osoyoos and surrounding areas are asked to reduce their energy use during peak hours of from 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm until further notice.

Some examples of how you can reduce your energy use include:

  • Cooking outdoors on barbeques, if possible
  • Washing dishes by hand or setting dishwasher timers to run in the middle of the night
  • Running laundry later in the evening
  • Reduce air conditioning use

FortisBC thanks its customers for their support during this time. Visit fortisbc.com/forestfires for more information or direct questions to FortisBC customer contact centre at 1-866-436-7847 (electricity) and 1-88-224-2710 (natural gas).

EOC Update: Nk’Mip Creek, Thomas Creek and Brenda Creek wildfires status

The Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen Emergency Operations Centre (RDOS EOC) continues to work with BC Wildfire Service (BCWS) to monitor the Nk’Mip Creek, Thomas Creek and Brenda Creek wildfires.

View the EOC Update: Nk'Mip Creek, Thomas Creek and Brenda Creek wildfires status

EOC Update: State of Local Emergency declared for Electoral Area C July 19, 2021

The Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen (RDOS) advises that due to the Inkaneep Creek wildfire in Electoral Area C and the potential threat to life and property a State of Local Emergency (SOLE) has been issued.

Hot Topics | RDOS 

EOC Update: Evacuation Alert issued for Electoral Area C and Town of Oliver - July 19, 2021 10:30 pm

Pursuant to the Emergency Program Act, an Evacuation Alert has been issued by the Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen (RDOS) due to the Inkaneep Creek wildfire in Electoral Area C and the Town of Oliver for lands within the boundary of the town.

An Evacuation Alert prepares residents to evacuate the area should an Evacuation Order be issued. As much advance notice as possible will be provided prior to an Evacuation Order, however you may receive limited notice due to changing conditions.

Hot Topics | RDOS

 

 

EOC Update: Evacuation ORDER issued for Electoral Area C - July 19, 10:30 pm

Pursuant to the Emergency Program Act, an Evacuation ORDER has been issued by the Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen (RDOS) due to immediate danger to life safety due to the Shrike Hill wildfire in Electoral Area C.  The wildfire is currently located on Osoyoos Indian Band (OIB) land approximately six (6) km north of Osoyoos, but moving rapidly north into the Regional District boundary.

RCMP and Search & Rescue will be expediting notifications and enforcement.

Hot Topics | RDOS 

BC Wildfire Service: Okanagan Fire Community Bulletin July 19

BC Wildfire Service has provided its Okanagan Fire Community Bulletin for July 19.

The bulletin includes information about fire behaviour, size, crew objectives and resources allocated to the Brenda Creek, Thomas Creek and White Rock Lake wildfires.

For latest updates please visit the BC Wildfire Service website.

EOC Update: Evacuation Alert Area D | Order Area H - July 19, 2021 12:00 pm

The Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen Emergency Operations Centre (RDOS EOC) continues to work with BC Wildfire Service (BCWS) to monitor the Thomas Creek wildfire in Electoral Area D, and the Brenda Creek wildfire in Electoral Area H.

Hot Topics | RDOS 

For the latest wildfire information, please visit the BCWS website and click Interactive Map or Fires of Note: 
https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/safety/wildfire-status/wildfire-situation

EOC Update: Thomas Creek and Brenda Creek Wildfire Status

The Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen Emergency Operations Centre (RDOS EOC) continues to work with BC Wildfire Service (BCWS) to monitor the Thomas Creek wildfire in Electoral Area D, and Brenda Creek wildfire in Electoral Area H.

Both fires are listed as interface fires on the BCWS website and Evacuation Alerts remain in place for 704 properties in Electoral Area D, and 42 properties are under Evacuation Order in Electoral Area H.

 View the status update.

EOC Update: Evacuation Alert due to the Brenda Creek wildfire in Electoral Area H

Pursuant to the Emergency Program Act, an Evacuation Alert has been issued by the Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen (RDOS) due to the Brenda Creek wildfire south of Brenda Mine in Electoral Area H.

The Evacuation Alert zone within the RDOS includes Eneas Lakes Provincial Park. There are no properties or parcels sited within the Evacuation Alert zone. 


In order to assist with BCWS crew operations, road closures are in effect at the following locations:

  • Intersection of Trout Creek Forest Service Road and Princeton-Summerland Road
  • Intersection of Headwaters Road and Brenda Mine Road
  • Intersection of Sunset Road and Highway 97C

Please see detailed map and related information release.

EOC Update: Thomas Creek and Brenda Creek Wildfire Status

The Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen Emergency Operations Centre (RDOS EOC) continues to work with BC Wildfire Service (BCWS) to monitor the Thomas Creek wildfire in Electoral Area D, and Brenda Creek wildfire in Electoral Area H.

Both fires are listed as interface fires on the BCWS website and Evacuation Alerts remain in place for 704 properties in Electoral Area D, and 42 properties are under Evacuation Order in Electoral Area H.

Brenda Creek

Search and Rescue and RCMP members have been deployed to conduct Evacuation ORDERS for the community of Headwaters, in Electoral Area H due to the Brenda Creek wildfire. The RDOS continues to monitor the situation and work with BC Wildfire Service (BCWS). Please avoid camping or recreational activities near the area.

Please click the link to view the Evacuation Order:

https://rdos.bc.ca/newsandevents/rdos-news/hot-topics/article/3450

Thomas Creek

Residents on Evacuation ALERT should be prepared to leave their homes on short notice. The Okanagan Falls boat launch has been closed in order to assist with BCWS operations. An area restriction notice remains in place.

Please click the link to view the Area Restriction Notice:

https://www.rdos.bc.ca/assets/Information-Releases/Thomas-Creek-Wildfire-Area-Restriction-July-14-2021.pdf

The RDOS EOC will continue to share updates as they become available.

EOC Update: Evacuation ORDER issued due to Brenda Creek wildfire in Electoral Area H July 15, 2021 4:30 am

Pursuant to the Emergency Program Act, an Evacuation ORDER has been issued by the Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen Emergency Operations Centre (RDOS EOC) due to the Brenda Creek wildfire south of Brenda Mine in Electoral Area H. The properties are located in the community of Headwaters in Electoral Area H.

Hot Topics | RDOS

EOC Update: State of Local Emergency Issued for Electoral Area H

The Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen (RDOS) advises that due to the Brenda Creek wildfire in Electoral Area H and the potential threat to life and property a State of Local Emergency (SOLE) has been issued.

State of Local Emergency 

EOC Update: Evacuation Alert due to the Brenda Creek wildfire in Electoral Area H July 14, 2021 11:30 pm

Pursuant to the Emergency Program Act, an Evacuation Alert has been issued by the Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen (RDOS) due to the Brenda Creek wildfire south of Brenda Mine in Electoral Area “H”.

The properties are located in the community of Headwaters in Electoral Area “H”.

Hot Topics | RDOS

EOC Update: Thomas Creek wildfire in Electoral Area D | July 14, 2021

The Thomas Creek wildfire in Electoral Area D does not currently pose an imminent risk to structures, and 704 properties remain on Evacuation Alert.

Hot Topics | RDOS 

Thomas Creek Wildfire Area Restriction Issued by BC Wildfire Service

An area restriction has been issued by the BC Wildfire Service regarding the Thomas Creek. This order will remain in place until noon on October 15, 2021 or until it is rescinded.

 Read the full release from BC Wildfire Service.

 

EOC Update: Rescind Evacuation Order, extend Evacuation Alert for Electoral Area D

The RDOS advises that the Thomas Creek Wildfire Evacuation Order for 77 properties issued on July 11, 2021 has been Rescinded. The area previously under Evacuation Order is now on Evacuation Alert. All 627 properties previously under Evacuation Alert will remain under Evacuation Alert.

Hot Topics | RDOS

EOC Update: Update Thomas Creek Wildfire Electoral Area D

The RDOS continues to monitor and assess the Thomas Creek wildfire in Electoral Area D and the potential threat to life and property.

Hot Topics | RDOS

EOC Update: Evacuation ORDER issued in Electoral Area D

The RDOS Emergency Operations Centre has issued an Evacuation ORDER for 77 properties in Electoral Area D due to the Thomas Creek wildfire.

Information Release

EOC Update: Evacuation ALERT due to Thomas Creek wildfire in Electoral Area D

Pursuant to the Emergency Program Act, an Evacuation Alert has been issued by the Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen (RDOS) due to the Thomas Creek wildfire, east of Skaha Lake in Electoral Area “D”.

The properties are located east of Skaha Lake, south of Heritage Hills down to McLean Creek Road in Electoral Area D.  

Information Release 

EOC Update: State of Local Emergency Issued for Electoral Area D

The Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen (RDOS) advises that due to the Thomas Creek wildfire in Electoral Area D and the potential threat to life and property a State of Local Emergency (SOLE) has been issued.

State of Local Emergency 

Thomas Creek wildfire

Please monitor the RDOS Emergency Operations Centre (EOC) and BC Wildfire Service for the latest updates.

An Evacuation Order is being issued for 77 properties. The list of addresses will be posted by 7:30 pm. Thank you for your patience.

An Evacuation Alert will also be issued shortly. Please stand by.

Smoky skies expected in the Regional District

A Smoky Skies Bulletin has been issued for multiple regions across the province including the Okanagan. People with pre-existing health conditions are more likely to experience health effects from smoke exposure.

Information Release

Stay safe during the heat wave

With the current heat wave expected to continue for several days, the Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen (RDOS) is reminding residents and visitors to stay safe by drinking plenty of water, staying cool and following the recommendations from Health Canada.

Information Release 

Campfires prohibited in British Columbia

Effective at noon (Pacific time) on Wednesday, June 30, 2021, campfires, Category 2 and Category 3 open fires will be prohibited throughout the province of British Columbia. This includes all pubic and private lands within the Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen (RDOS). 

Information Release 

June 2021 Wildfire Preparedness for Agriculture Bulletin

Heat safety reminders June 24, 2021

With temperatures across our region soaring this week, Interior Health reminds everyone that too much heat can be harmful to your health. Excessive heat exposure can lead to weakness, disorientation and exhaustion. In severe cases, it can also lead to heat stroke, also known as sunstroke. Heat stroke can be a life-threatening medical emergency.

For further information, please visit www.interiorhealth.ca or click here to view the heat safety reminders public service announcement.

Agriculture Wildfire Preparedness Exchange 2021

Agriculture information exchange encourages wildfire preparedness June 10, 2021

All agricultural prodcuers, farmers, ranchers, commodity groups and others invovled in agriculture in the Okanagan-Similkameen are invited to attend. Registration is free: https://app.bookking.ca/rdospub/courses/index.asp 

Event details

Naramata FireSmart chipping event June 5, 2021

One of the easiest ways to protect your property from wildfire is to clear away branches and woody debris that can act as fire fuel.

Please click here for event details.

Prepare for Spring freshet

Property owners are reminded to take appropriate measures to protect their property and buildings from potential rising waters and drainage issues. Taking proactive measures and assessing property and buildings for drainage issues before freshet begins is a proactive measure residents can take to help prevent or minimize potential damage. Now is the time to prepare if you live in vulnerable areas, on or near floodplains, or if you have experienced spring flooding previously. Report flooding or depleted sand or sandbags to the EOC. Please see the links below for current information about freshet conditions in the region. 

Prepare now for spring freshet before flooding occurs

Now is the time to assess your property and buildings for potential drainage issues. Taking proactive measures before freshet begins can help prevent or minimize damage. 

Information Release 

Do you have an emergency plan?

An emergency plan is a playbook for how you and your household will respond to a disaster. Knowing what to do will reduce anxiety and help keep you focused and safe. 

Please review the links below to ensure your family is prepared for an emergency. 

Be Prepared 

Notifications

Emergency Support Services (ESS)

Public urged to remain vigilant as fire season continues

With warm temperatures persisting in many regions of the province and the potential for new ignitions still high in some areas, the BC Wildfire Service urges British Columbians to stay alert and use fire safely over the Labour day weekend.

Information Release 

EOC Update: August 31, 2020 1:30 pm Christie Mountain Wildfire

The Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen Emergency Operations Centre (RDOS EOC) continues to provide information and support to residents impacted by the Christie Mountain Wildfire.

For properties in the area, there is no imminent wildfire threat at this time. Please be aware of equipment and crews in the area. Boaters on Skaha Lake are asked to stay clear of aircraft conducting wildfire operations. BC Wildfire Service is still working in the area and spot fires and smoke may be visible

Information Release

EOC Update: Aug 27, 2020 1:30 pm Evacuation Alert RESCINDED for 319 Properties in Heritage Hills

The Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen Emergency Operations Centre (RDOS EOC) has RESCINDED the Evacuation Alert for 319 properties issued on August 25, 2020, in Heritage Hills in Electoral Area “D”. 
The State of Local Emergency issued on August 18, 2020 and extended on August 25, 2020, for Electoral Area “D” is now cancelled.


Information Release 

 

EOC Update: Aug 25, 2020 5:30 pm Evacuation Order RESCINDED for 319 Properties in Heritage Hills

Evacuation Order for 319 properties issued on August 18, 2020, in Heritage Hills in Electoral Area “D” is RESCINDED. The 319 properties are now under Evacuation Alert.

Evacuation ALERT issued for 116 properties issued on August 18, 2020, in the Upper Carmi area and Skaha Bluffs Provincial Park has been lifted.

Information Release 

 

EOC Update: Re-Entry plan for residents under Evacuation Order

The Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen Emergency Operations Centre (RDOS EOC) has removed 244 propeties under the Heritage Hills Evacuation Order area and are allowed to return home. These properties will remain under an Evacuation Alert.

The 75 properties accessed via Christie Mountain Lane and Bighorn Trail remain under Evacuation Order.

The Evacuation Alert issued for 116 properties for Upper Carmi Area and Skaha Bluffs Provincial Park has been lifted.

 

Access the interactive map to view what zone your property falls in here

 

EOC Update: August 24 2020 2pm Re-entry plans underway for residents under Evacuation Order

Re-entry plans are being finalized by Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen (RDOS) staff to provide residents under Evacuation Order in Heritage Hills (Electoral Area "D") safe access to return to their homes. The Evacuation Order and Alert are still in effect and wildfire crews and equipment remain in the area. Once the area has been deemed safe for re-entry, residents will have access to their homes in a staged approach. 

Information Release

EOC Update: August 24 2020 Evacuation Order and Alert remains in effect for RDOS

An EVACUATION ORDER remains in effect for 319 properties in the Heritage Hills area south of Penticton in Electoral Area “D” in the Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen (RDOS) due to the Christie Mountain Wildfire.
An EVACUATION ALERT remains in effect for 116 properties in the Upper Carmi area and Skaha Bluffs Provincial Park in Electoral Area "D". 

Information Release

EOC Update: News Conference at 12:00 p.m. at 21 Lakeshore Drive Penticton

The Regional District of Okanagan Similkameen (RDOS) and the City of Penticton will host a joint news conference today at 12:00 pm to provide an update on the Christie Mountain Wildfire. Representatives from the RDOS and the City of Penticton will be in attendance to provide updates and answer questions. Media are invited to attend the news conference which will take place inside the Lakeside Resort and Conference Centre at 21 Lakeshore Drive, Penticton, BC. Any media that attend in person are encouraged to wear a mask and follow requirements for physical distancing.

Media advisory

EOC Update: Aug 24, 2020 7:00 am Evacuation Order Heritage Hills

Re-entry plans are being finalized to provide residents under Evacuation Order in Heritage Hills (Electoral Area "D") safe access to return to their homes. Wildfire crews and equipment remain in the area. 

Geotechnical work is underway and crews are working to ensure the safety of homes, driveways and retaining walls as well as critical infrastructure including gas, power and water lines. Trees and other potential dangers must also be assessed.The objective is to return people as soon as possible. The RDOS is working closely with BC Parks to ensure the safety and security of Skaha Bluffs Provincial Park. 

The Evacuation Order will remain in place until further notice to ensure public safety.

Thank you for your patience and understanding during this difficult time. 

The RDOS will provide a live update for residents and media Monday, August 24 at 12:00 noon. You can watch the news conference live on the City of Penticton Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/cityofpenticton) and on local media websites.

EOC Update: August 23, 2020 3:30 pm Evacuation Order remain in effect.

An EVACUATION ORDER remains in effect for 319 properties in the Heritage Hills area south of Penticton in Electoral Area “D” in the Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen (RDOS) due to the Christie Mountain Wildfire. 

An EVACUATION ALERT remains in effect for 116 properties in the Upper Carmi area and Skaha Bluffs Provincial Park in Electoral Area "D".

Information Release

EOC Update: Aug. 23 11:00 am Christie Mountain wildfire

An EVACUATION ORDER remains in effect for 319 properties in the Heritage Hills area south of Penticton in Electoral Area “D” in the Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen (RDOS) due to the Christie Mountain Wildfire.

An EVACUATION ALERT remains in effect for 116 properties in the Upper Carmi area and Skaha Bluffs Provincial Park in Electoral Area "D".

The City of Penticton will hold a short media briefing today at 12:00 pm on the status of the Christie Mountain Wildfire and associated evacuation alert impacting 3669 Penticton properties. Representatives of the RDOS will be available to answer questions from the media. The media briefing will take place at Penticton Fire Hall 1 – 250 Nanaimo Ave.

EOC Update: Evacuation Order and Roadblocks remain in effect.

August 22 - EOC Update:   

An EVACUATION ORDER remains in effect for 319 properties in the Heritage Hills area south of Penticton in Electoral Area “D” in the Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen (RDOS) due to the Christie Mountain Wildfire.  Roadblocks remain in place within the Regional District. Roadblocks are in place to ensure that the Fire Fighters have unobstructed and safe access to these areas. A reminder to stay clear of the affected areas.

Information Release 


BCWS - Christie Mountain Wildfire Community Bulletin

BCWS issued a community bulletin to update residents and the public on the status of the Christie Mountain Wildfire.

 

http://bcfireinfo.for.gov.bc.ca/ftp/!Project/WildfireNews/8222020~112823_22Aug2020%20K51287%20Community%20Bulletin.pdf

 

Aug 22 - 2:30 pm Evacuees Procedure Update

This is an update for evacuees as it pertains to evacuation procedures and accessing Emergency Support Services.

Information Release

 

August 22 - 12:00 pm - Joint Press Conference City of Penticton and RDOS

The Regional District of Okanagan Similkameen (RDOS) and the City of Penticton will host a joint news conference August 22, 2020 at 12:00 pm to provide an update on the Christie Mountain Wildfire. 

Details

Aug 21 -2:00 pm - Evacuee Procedures Updates

The Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen Emergency Operations Centre (EOC), is your primary source for the most up-to-date  information for current Evacuation Orders, for where Emergency Support Services (ESS) for residents in the RDOS are available. While the Evacuation Orders are still in effect, you will be provided support.

 

Christie Mountain wildfire evacuees who need to renew support services and are still relocated within the Penticton area, please go to the Reception Center at 199 Ellis St. Penticton, between 9:00 am and 6:00 pm.

 

Christie Mountain wildfire evacuees who need to renew support services and are relocated outside the Penticton area should contact Emergency Support Services (ESS) at 250-490-4225 between 9:00 am and 6:00 pm.  After Hours please leave a message and ESS will get back to you within 1 business day.

At this, the Evacuation Centre is located at 199 Ellis St. is open between 9:00 am and 6:00pm.

ESS can help if you:

  • Need to renew any services
  • Are incapacitated and need assistance with leaving your home under an Evacuation Alert (self-evacuation) or Evacuation Order
  • Need to find out if you are eligible to receive support services

 

20200821-1400-RDOS-EOC-UPDATE.pdf

August 21 - Media Advisory

MEDIA ADVISORY

Friday, August 21, 2020 10:00 am

EOC Update: News Conference at 12:00 pm at 21 Lakeshore Drive, Penticton

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The Regional District of Okanagan Similkameen (RDOS) and the City of Penticton will host a joint news conference today at 12:00 pm to provide an update on the Christie Mountain Wildfire. Representatives from the BC Wildfire Service, the RDOS and the City of Penticton will be in attendance to provide updates and answer questions. Media are welcome to attend the news conference which will take place at the Penticton Lakeside Resort and Conference Centre (Salon C) at 21 Lakeshore Drive, Penticton, BC. Any media that attend in person are encouraged to wear a mask and follow protocols for social distancing. The City and RDOS are introducing additional technology at today’s event to improve the audio available. Media will have access to a press box with a direct feed from the podium microphone.

Only representatives with the media will be allowed to attend in person. Residents can watch the news conference live through the City of Penticton’s Facebook account (@cityofpenticton). A video recording will be posted to the RDOS and City of Penticton YouTube channels following the news conference.

Contacts:

Philip Cooper
Communication Manager
City of Penticton
250-490-2583

Erick Thompson

Communications Coordinator

Regional District of Okanagan Similkameen

250-490-4225

 

August 21 - Media Advisory

BC Wildfire Service Update: Christie Mountain Wildfire

August 20, 2020 9:38 pm: An increased amount of structural protection teams will be stationed throughout the community starting tomorrow morning to perform assessments and proactively triage infrastructure. This action is a precautionary measure to mitigate risk to homes in the area ahead of an approaching weather system that may cause challenging fire behaviour.

Wildfire of Note Information 

EOC Update: News Conference at 1:00 p.m. at 21 Lakeshore Drive Penticton

August 20, 2020

 

NEWS RELEASE

The Regional District of Okanagan Similkameen (RDOS) and the City of Penticton will host a joint news conference today at 1:00 pm to provide an update on the Christie Mountain Wildfire. Representatives from the BC Wildfire Service, the RDOS and the City of Penticton will be in attendance to provide updates and answer questions. Media are invited to attend the news conference which will take place inside the Lakeside Resort and Conference Centre at 21 Lakeshore Drive, Penticton, BC. Any media that attend in person are encouraged to wear a mask and follow requirements for social distancing.


Residents can watch the news conference live through the City of Penticton’s Facebook account (@cityofpenticton). A video recording will be posted to the RDOS and City of Penticton YouTube channels following the news conference.

Contacts:
Philip Cooper, Communication Manager

City of Penticton 250-490-2583

EOC Update: News Confrence at 1:00 p.m. at 21 Lakeshore Drive

 
Erick Thompson, Communications Coordinator

Regional District of Okanagan Similkameen 250-490-4225

Aug 19 - 4:00 pm - Loss of Home Due to Christie Mountain Fire

Aug 19 - 12:30 pm - Joint Press Conference Penticton and RDOS

The City of Penticton and RDOS will be hosting a joint press conference at 12:30 pm on Wednesday August 19th to discuss the Christie Mountain Fire. 

Details

Aug 19th, 2020 - 11 am - Christie Mountain Fire Response Update

No change to Evacuation Orders or Alerts issues August 18th. 

Information release 

9:00 pm August 18, 2020 - Evacuation Alert for Upper Carmi

An Evacuation Alert has been issued by the Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen Emergency Operations Centre (RDOS EOC). The Regional EOC has placed 116 civic addresses in Upper Carmi area and one home north of Heritage Hills on Eastside Rd under Evacuation Alert due to a wildfire. Skaha Bluffs Provincial Park is also under Evacuation Alert.

An Evacuation Alert has been issued to prepare residents, businesses and visitors to evacuate their premises or property in the event an Evacuation Order is issued. The RDOS EOC is working with BC Wildfire to assess the situation. Property owners will be given as much advance notice as possible prior to an Evacuation Order, however residents may receive limited notice due to changing conditions.

Residents and property owners are strongly advised to take proactive measures to prepare for an Evacuation Order. Please see the information listed below.

Information Release: https://www.rdos.bc.ca/httpwww-rdosmaps-bc-camin-bylawsfinancepostandardtermspotermsconditions-pdf/rdos-news/hot-topics/article/3124

August 18 - 2020 - ESS Reception Closing at Midnight Open at 9 am

The Emergency Support Services (ESS) Reception Centre at 199 Ellis St, Penticton will be closed at midnight and reopen at 9 am August 19th. Residents under an Evacuation Order or Evacuation Alert can pre-register with ESS at http://ess.gov.bc.ca/

City of Penticton: Evacuation Alert issued for South East Penticton

The City of Penticton has issued an Evacuation Alert for 3,669 properties located in the south east portion of the City.  The alert area includes properties within the following street boundaries.

•    Lakeside Rd.
•    South Main
•    Main Street
•    Industrial/Okanagan Avenue
•    Alison St.
•    Penticton Creek
•    Syer Rd.

Information Release

4:30 pm August 18 2020 - Evacuation Order Heritage Hills

An Evacuation ORDER has been issued by the Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen Emergency Operations Centre (RDOS EOC). The RDOS EOC has placed 319 properties under Evacuation ORDER due to a wildfire at Heritage Hills and near McLean Creek Road in Electoral Area “D”.

An Evacuation ORDER has been issued to prepare residents to evacuate their premises or property.

The RDOS EOC is working with BC Wildfire to assess the situation.

More Information: https://www.rdos.bc.ca/httpwww-rdosmaps-bc-camin-bylawsfinancepostandardtermspotermsconditions-pdf/rdos-news/hot-topics/article/3123 

EOC Update: August 7, 2020 10:00 am Evacuation Alert RESCINDED for Electoral Area “H”

An Evacuation Alert has been RESCINDED for 43 properties in the vicinity of the Dry Lake wildfire north of Princeton, BC. 

Information Release 

August 6, 2020 Tactical Evacuation Area Lifted But Some Road Restrictions Remain

A Tactical Evacuation has been lifted in the Sage Mesa area north west of Penticton but road restrictions remain in effect for properties on Sage Mesa Dr that are north of Ladera Pl.

Information Release

August 6, 2020 9:00 am Tactical Evacuation in Sage Mesa Due to Fire

Tactical evacuation of homes in the Sage Mesa area north west of Penticton due to fire.

Please click here for Information Release

 

EVACUATION ALERT August 3, 2020 5:30 pm - Dry Lake Wildfire

EVACUATION ALERT for 43 homes along Highway 5A North of Princeton, BC

Please click here for Information Release

EOC Update: Wildfire and heat preparedness

The RDOS is advising residents and visitors a heat warning was issued by Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC) for the South Okanagan on July 29th 2020. 

Please click here to view the information release.

Kaleden Irrigation District experiencing control valve malfunction

The Kaleden Irrigation District is having a temporary issue with the supply of water to the community due to a malfunctioning control valve in the main pump station.

View the information release.

Category 2 and category 3 fire prohibitions to start in Kamloops Fire Centre

Effective at 12:00 pm (noon) on Wednesday, July 29, 2020, Category 2 and Category 3 open fires, as well as other equipment and activities will be prohibited throughout the Kamloops Fire Centre. This prohibition is being enacted to help prevent human-caused wildfires and protect public safety.

Please click here to view the information bulletin.

RDOS Statement on BC’s Restart Plan

The RDOS is taking steps to welcome visitors back to the region as part of the BC Restart Plan. According the province, Phase 3 of the plan includes the safe and respectful return of travel and tourism. 

Please click here to view the information release.

EOC Update: June 19, 2020 3:30 pm High Lake Level Advisory

The RDOS EOC is advising residents to take steps to protect their properties. This advisory is for properties impacted by flooding in 2018 including those located adjacent to Okanagan Lake, Skaha Lake and Vaseux Lake. 

Please click here to view the information release.

EOC Update: June 11, 2020 1:45 pm Weather Notification – Thunderstorms & Strong Winds

With precipitation in the forecast, in conjunction with a Thunderstorms and Strong Winds Weather Notification and Thunderstorm Watch issued by Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC), the Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen Emergency Operations Centre (RDOS EOC) is reminding residents and visitors to stay safe around waterways

Please click here to view the information release.

EOC Update: June 3, 2020 1:00 pm Rescinded Alerts in Electoral Area ”B”

RESCINDED State of Local Emergency and Alerts for Electoral Area “B”. The current threat levels of flooding have been reviewed and it has been determined that there is no imminent risk to the public.

Please click here to view the Information Release. 

EOC Update: May 31, 2020 5:30 pm Flooding in Electoral Area “B”

Evacuation Order issued for one property on Chopaka Road. Evacuation Alert issued for three properties on Chopaka Road. 

The RDOS continues to be in communication with the Lower Similkameen Indian Band (LSIB).

Please click here to view the information release.

EOC Update: May 29, 2020 9:30 am Safety around Waterways

Be aware of the potential freshet or spring melt which can result in higher than normal spring runoff. As a result, waterways including rivers, creeks and drainages could become hazardous.

Please click here to view the information release.

Provincial Funding Supports COVID-19 Safety Precautions at Loose Bay Campground

The RDOS has received funding support from the Ministry of Agriculture to continue coordinating COVID-19 safety precautions at Loose Bay Campground near Oliver.

Please click here to view the information release.

RDOS Courts and Washrooms Open | Stay Local and Avoid Non-Essential Travel

The RDOS has taken steps to open outdoor tennis, pickle ball and basketball courts, as well as the Skatepark at Keogan Sports Park, and public washroom facilities.

Please click here to view the information release.

EOC Update: May 15, 2020 9:30 am Potential for High Water Flows in Keremeos and Surrounding Areas

Both the Similkameen River and Keremeos Creek have the potential to rise significantly in the coming days. Low-lying land and areas near rivers, creeks and drainages could see rising groundwater. 

Please click here to view the information release.

Stay Local, Keep Your Community Safe This Long Weekend

As the May long weekend approaches, government reminds people to avoid all non-essential travel in the province to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and instead stay local if you do decide to enjoy the outdoors.

Please click here to view the information bulletin.

EOC Update: May 8, 2020 4:00 pm Localized Flooding in Faulder

Sand and sandbags are available at the Faulder Sandbag Centre located at the intersection of Fish Lake Rd and Kettle Place, in Electoral Area “F”.

Please click here to view the information release.

EOC Update: May 7, 2020 4:00 pm Loose Bay Campground and COVID-19 Precautions

The RDOS is supporting the farming community and is working with Interior Health, Ministry of Agriculture, BC Housing, BC Fruit Growers’ Association, and other provincial and regional stakeholders to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Please click here to view the information release.

Okanagan Water Board Launches Website Helping Valley Prepare for Future Flooding

www.OkanaganFloodStory.ca is the culmination of two years of flood mapping in the Okanagan Valley.

Please click here to view the information release. 

EOC Update: Emergency Preparedness Week May 3-9, 2020

The Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen (RDOS) is reminding residents and visitors to take concrete actions to be better prepared to protect yourself and your family during emergencies.

Please click here to view the information release.

EOC Update: May 1, 2020 1:30 pm Non-Essential Travel Not Recommended

Many smaller communities and rural recreational lakes throughout the Regional District have been inundated with visitors which puts health care professionals, first responders and all citizens at risk.

Please click here to view the information release.

EOC Update: April 30, 2020 4:15 pm Loose Bay Campground COVID-19 Safety Guidelines Established

 Safety protocols which follow provincial health directives, are scheduled to be in place by May 1, 2020 when the campground opens.

Please click here to view the information release.

EOC Update: April 25, 2020 5:30 pm KVR Trail Closed Near Shinish Creek Road

The RDOS continues to monitor a debris slide near Shinish Creek Road. 

Please click here to view the information release.

EOC Update: April 21, 2020 3:00 pm Prepare Now for Spring Freshet

 Spring freshet typically occurs in May and it is important for property owners to prepare now by understanding the risks in advance.

Please click here to view the information release.

EOC Update: April 21, 2020 9:30 am COVID-19, Open Burning & Emergency Preparedness

The RDOS is reminding residents to follow provincial directives and avoid all non-essential travel to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Please click here to view the information release.

EOC Update: April 9, 2020 3:00 pm Long Weekend COVID-19 Information

The RDOS is reminding residents to follow provincial directives and avoid all non-essential travel to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Please click here to view the information release.

EOC Update: April 8, 2020 1:00 pm All BC Parks closing

BC Parks isimmediately closing all provincial parks in response to the widespread call for increased action to address COVID-19.

Please click here to view the information release.

EOC Update: April 7, 2020 4:00 pm New spaces for vulnerable people to self-isolate

To support British Columbians who need a place to self-isolate and to reduce the spread of COVID-19, the Province is partnering with local governments, non-profits and the hotel industry.

Please click here to view the information release.

EOC Update: April 4, 2020 4:30 pm Sandbagging Information and COVID-19 Precautions

Take precautionary measures to minimize the risk of exposure and spread of COVID-19.

Please click here to view the information release.

EOC Update: April 2, 2020 12:15 pm Supply Products and Services to Support B.C.'s COVID-19 Response

As worldwide demand increases, the B.C. Government is looking for both medical and non-medical products and services to help with the response.

Please click here to view the information release.

EOC Update: March 31, 2020 11:50 am Message from RDOS Chair Karla Kozakevich

The RDOS is working closely with Interior Health, and other provincial agencies to provide residents with the information you need to stay safe.

Please click here to view the message.

EOC Update: March 28, 2020 12:30 pm RDOS COVID-19 Information Fact Sheet

COVID-19 BC Support App and Self-Assessment Tool: https://bc.thrive.health/

Please follow the advice of health professionals and STAY HOME.

Please click here to view the RDOS COVID-19 Fact Sheet.

EOC Update: March 27, 2020 4:50 pm Avoid Visiting Landfills

An increase in the number of people visiting the landfill is resulting in people being in close proximity to each other which does not meet the social distancing requirements mandated by federal and provincial health officials.

Please click here to view the information release.

EOC Update: March 24 11:15 am RDOS Regional Update | Playgrounds Closed

Effective immediately, all RDOS playgrounds and outdoor courts are closed indefinitely. Please practice physical distancing at all times.

Please click here to view the information release.

EOC Update: March 19, 2020 3:00 pm COVID-19 and RDOS Business Continuity

Please click here to view the information release.

EOC Update: March 17, 2020 12:00 pm COVID-19 Information

Please click here to view the information release.

COVID-19 BC Ministry of Health Advice for Shops, Stores, and Malls

The focus in BC continues to be to contain the spread of COVID-19 in our communities and at a provincial level. 

Please click here to view the information release.

COVID-19 BC Ministry of Health Advice for Recreational Facilities

Please click here to view the information release. 

COVID-19 BC Ministry of Health Advice for Essential Business

Please click here to view the information release.

EOC Update: COVID-19 Information

The Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen (RDOS) is monitoring the COVID-19 pandemic and working with Interior Health and other health agencies to provide current and accurate information.

Please click here to view the information release.

EOC Update: ESS Reception Centre Exercise

The Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen Emergency Operations Centre (RDOS EOC) hosted the first in a series of Emergency Support Services (ESS) Reception Centre training exercises on March 5, 2020.

Please click here to view the information release.

EOC Update: Spring Freshet | Emergency Preparedness

The Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen (RDOS) has established a sand and sandbag pickup location at Keogan Park (1525 Cedar Street) in Okanagan Falls.

Please click here to view the information release.

EOC Update: Attention Property Owners | Freshet Outlook & Sandbagging Information

The Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen (RDOS) is advising property owners to be aware of the possibility of localized flooding due to freshet, in the coming months.

Please click here to view the information release.

Winter Weather Conditions on the Roads

Winter Weather Conditions on the Roads

Winter weather conditions can quickly become dangerous with little or no warning.

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EOC Update: Evacuation Alert RESCINDED For 41 Properties East of Oliver in Electoral Area “C”

Evacuation Alert RESCINDED For 41 Properties in the McKinney Creek Area East of Oliver in Electoral Area “C.”

August 11, 2019 12:00pm

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EOC Update: Evacuation Alert RESCINDED For Properties North of Oliver in Electoral Area "C"

Evacuation Alert RESCINDED For Properties North of Oliver in Electoral Area “C”

August 11, 2019 12:00pm

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EOC Update: Expansion of Evacuation Alert in Electoral Area "C"

Due to potential changes in weather conditions with the Eagle Bluff wildfire in Electoral Area “C”, the Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen (RDOS) has expanded the Evacuation Alert to 41 properties in the McKinney Creek area.

August 7, 2019 8:00 pm

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EOC Update: Evacuation Alert in Electoral Area "C"

The Evacuation Alert remains in effect for the properties the may be affected by the Eagle Bluff wildfire that are in the vicinity of Gallagher Lake, north of Oliver.

August 5, 2019 7:00pm

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EOC Update: Evacuation Alert in Electoral Area "C"

An Evacuation Alert has been issued by the RDOS EOC  in the vicinity of Gallagher Lake, north of Oliver.

August 5, 2019 2:00 am

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EOC Update: Evacuation Alert RESCINDED For 10 Properties in Electoral Area “B”

An Evacuation Alert issued by the RDOS EOC on July 26, 2019 in Cawston, west of Osoyoos is RESCINDED.

 July 29, 2019 

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EOC Update: Evacuation Alert For 10 Properties in Cawston area in Electoral Area “B”

An Evacuation Alert has been issued by the Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen Emergency Operations Centre (RDOS EOC). The RDOS EOC has placed 10 properties under Evacuation Alert due to the Richter Mountain Wildfire.

July 26, 2019

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EOC Update: Park Rill Flood Response Feasibility Study

The purpose of this report is to review available information for Park Rill Creek and to develop alternatives to upgrade the watercourse to a design standard capable of handling a 1 in 200-year flood event. A report summarizing a flood response feasibility study for Twin Lakes has also been prepared and should be reviewed in conjunction to this report.

July 9, 2019

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EOC Update: Prepare Now for Wildfire Season

To ensure your family is safe and informed, take a moment to sign up for CivicReady®

Mass Notification System.

July 4, 2019

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EOC Update: Help prevent wildfires this long weekend

Human-caused fires are completely preventable and unnecessarily divert crucial firefighting resources away from naturally occurring wildfires.

June 28, 2019

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News from Animal Lifeline Emergency Response Team (ALERT)

ALERT is reminding everyone to develop a household emergency plan that includes pets and livestock.

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EOC Update: Environment Canada Special Weather Statement

Environment Canada has issued a weather alert for the Okanagan Valley.

May 23, 2019 12:30 pm

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Evacuation Alert RESCINDED For 14 Properties in Electoral Area “B”

Evacuation Alerts issued by RDOS EOC on May 13 & 14, 2019 are RESCINDED.

May 16, 2019 1:45 pm

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EOC Update: Evacuation Alert For 13 Properties in Electoral Area “B”

An Evacuation Alert has been issued by the RDOS EOC due to the Richter Creek wildfire.

May 14, 2019 4:30 pm

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EOC Update: Evacuation Alert For One Property in Electoral Area “B”

An Evacuation Alert has been issued by the Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen Emergency
Operations Centre (RDOS EOC) due to the Richter Creek wildfire.

May 13, 2019  6:00 pm

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EOC Update: BC Emergency Alerting System Test May 8, 2019 1:55 pm (PDT)

During the test, the public will hear an alert tone and hear or see a message on radio, TV, and compatible wireless devices.

May 8, 2019

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EOC Update: Emergency Preparedness Week May 5-11, 2019

Sign up for CivicReady for your chance to win a 72-hour emergency kit. 

May 3, 2019

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EOC Update: Emergency Preparedness, Response and Recovery

Emergency Preparedness Week takes place May 5-11, 2019.

April 23, 2019

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EOC Update: State of Local Emergency Electoral Area "C"

Due to the onset of a new fiscal year, the declaration is renewed to extend the previously declared State of Local Emergency.

April 5, 2019

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EOC Update: RDOS Electoral Area "C" Drainage Infrastructure Upgrades

Learn more about the RDOS EOC Flood Recovery Team, 2019 Ongoing Response, Drainage Infrastructure Upgrades, and Emergency Preparedness.

March 29, 2019

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EOC Update: Are You Prepared For Emergencies?

Preparedness Information - The Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen (RDOS) is reminding residents and visitors about the potential dangers associated with flooding, wildfires and landslides.

March 13, 2019

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ESS Recruitment Video

Preparedness Information

March 7, 2019

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Attention Property Owners

February 6, 2019

Sandbagging Information

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For current information about the rockslide north of Summerland please check DriveBC.

February 2, 2019

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Wildfire Preparedness Grant Applications Being Accepted

January 18, 2019

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Build an Emergency Kit and Develop a Household Plan

January 3, 2019

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Emergency Preparedness - What You Need to Know

January 2, 2019

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