Introduction to Emergency Planning
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. An emergency training and exercise program is continually updated and tested as it is integral to the city's emergency response capability.
The City of Kamloops maintains an emergency response plan completed in 2001, recently 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.
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
- Fire - Interface & Wildfire
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 our community stakeholders and businesses' exercises, 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.