Emergency Programs

The Kamloops Emergency Program was established to maintain an Emergency Plan; a Hazard, Risk, Vulnerability Assessment; an Emergency Operation Centre; and an Emergency Social Services Team. The emergency training and exercise program is continually updated and tested as it is integral to the City's emergency response capability.

Emergency Plan

The City of Kamloops maintains an emergency response plan that was completed in 2001 and updated in 2012.

The plan, which is constantly evolving, goes hand-in-hand with the British Columbia Emergency Response Management System (BCERMS). As soon as the Emergency Plan is activated, the Provincial Emergency Program is notified.

Emergency Map

    Pandemic Planning

    The City of Kamloops Emergency Program is working with Interior Health in planning for a pandemic.

    Visit our COVID-19 page for information on how the City is responding to the COVID-19 pandemic.

    Emergency Program Training and Exercises

    The City of Kamloops maintains a comprehensive training and exercise program. The Emergency Program members participate in an Emergency Operation Centre exercises every year. We participate in exercises with our community stakeholders and businesses, such as with Domtar, Kinder Morgan, CN/CPR, and Interior Health.

    Emergency Operation Centre

    An Emergency Operation Centre (EOC) is a designated site that provides emergency site support such as additional resources to the site(s), coordination of responding agencies, policy direction, communications, and public information. The City maintains trained EOC staff to this end.

    Hazard, Risk, Vulnerability Assessment

    As part of its emergency planning, the City completed a Hazard, Risk, Vulnerability Assessment, which prioritizes the hazards to the city, the risk of them occurring, and the associated vulnerabilities:

    • Risk Priority List
    • Epidemic—Human—Pandemic
    • Dangerous Goods Spill
    • Flood
    • Fire—Interface & Wildfire

    Mitigation

    The Hazard, Risk, Vulnerability Assessment outlines and prioritizes the hazards to the city and the risk of their occurrence and guides the City of Kamloops ongoing mitigation efforts in reducing the likelihood of a hazardous event taking place and/or the severity of its impact. Some examples of the city's mitigation initiatives are:

    Pandemic Planning

    The City is assuming its role in supporting Interior Health planning, sharing information, and helping with public health messaging.

    Visit our COVID-19 page for information on how the City is responding to the COVID-19 pandemic.

    Safety Tips for Managing During an Influenza Season:

    1. Cover nose and mouth during coughing or sneezing - most effectively done by using your sleeved arm
    2. Frequent, thorough hand washing with soap (use of antibacterial soap is helpful)
    3. Frequent washing and disinfecting of surfaces in your home
    4. Get a flu shot - This not only helps protect against current flu strains but can also help in reducing complications during a pandemic flu virus infection. In addition, getting a flu immunization helps to encourage the production of vaccine and its use towards public health.
    Dangerous Goods Spill

    The City of Kamloops addresses the risk of a hazardous materials event by undertaking such mitigation planning as addressing the need for Dangerous Goods Routes for transport trucks through the city and by practicing response capability by supporting training and exercises that involve the railroads, the trucking industry, the Kamloops Fire Department's Hazardous Materials Responders, and the city's Emergency Operation Centre team.

    Flood

    The City of Kamloops mitigates the risk of flooding by monitoring and repairing the current dikes on city property. Hazard response pre-planning is done 3-4 weeks in advance of possible flooding occurring. The city monitors the snow packs, stream flows on the North and South Thompson Rivers and the weather patterns within the North and South Thompson River Watershed area in communication with the Provincial Ministry of the Environment.

    Fire

    The City of Kamloops participates actively in mitigation and prevention initiatives through its City of Kamloops Community Wildfire Protection Plan (CWPP) in conjunction with similar city plans and the Firesmart program. The city is at risk from both wildfire, (grasslands, brush and forests) and interface fire, (where a wildfire impacts property, buildings and/or people). The CWPP is a well-planned, sustainable prevention and preparedness program that combines public preparedness education around the wildfire risk with appropriate mitigation efforts.