Emergency planning and preparedness is a large part of keeping our community safe. With wildfire season upon us, the City of Kamloops wants to remind residents of the measures we take to protect the city and of the steps we can all take to be prepared for the event of an emergency. The City has activated its Emergency Operations Centre and is working collaboratively with Kamloops Fire and Rescue and BC Wildfire Service to monitor nearby wildfires and wildfire conditions. At this time, there are no immediate threats to our community.
Many wildfires in BC occur far from the City of Kamloops, but as we learned in 2021, wildfires can threaten homes, businesses, and infrastructure within city limits. If the City needs to issue an Evacuation Alert or Order, those alerts will now be delivered directly to registrants via the Voyent Alert! mobile app and through text, email, or voice calls. Residents who are not yet registered with Voyent Alert! are encouraged to do so by following the instructions at Kamloops.ca/Alert.
“Residents can do their part to keep their families safe by knowing what to do before, during, and after a wildfire,” said William Beatty, City of Kamloops Emergency Preparedness Manager. “Now is the time to get familiar with the Voyent Alert app, to make sure you have pins in the correct locations, and to get all other evacuation preparations in order.”
During peak wildfire season, residents should be prepared for evacuations in the following ways:
- Have an emergency plan, keep it up to date, and review it with all household members.
- Assemble grab-and-go bags.
- Know the difference and what to do in the event of an evacuation alert or order.
It is also important to help prevent wildfires by camping responsibly and ensuring all cigarette butts are properly extinguished. Nearly half of all wildfires in B.C. are caused by human carelessness. Effective August 4, a campfire ban will be in place throughout the Kamloops Fire Centre, which covers most of the BC Interior. To report a wildfire or irresponsible behaviour that could start a wildfire in British Columbia, please call 1-800-663-5555 or (*5555 from a cell phone) as soon as possible. You can now also report a wildfire directly through the BC Wildfire App, available for Apple and Android devices.