Disasters and emergency events have shown the need for individuals to be prepared to look after themselves, their families and pets for a minimum of 72 hours. There are many sources for important information.
Emergency Management BC has developed individual and neighbourhood preparedness guides.
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:
The City is assuming its role in supporting Interior Health planning, sharing information and helping with public health messaging.
Safety Tips for Managing During an Influenza Season:
- Cover nose and mouth during coughing or sneezing - most effectively done by using your sleeved arm
- Frequent, thorough hand washing with soap (use of antibacterial soap is helpful)
- Frequent washing and disinfecting of surfaces in your home
- 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.
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.
The City of Kamloops mitigates the risk of flooding by monitoring and repairing the current dykes 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.
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.
If you are forced to leave your home it's important to remember to take your pet(s) with you. Leaving pets behind, even if you try to make a safe place for them, is not the best option. Unfortunately most emergency shelters can't accept pets, except for service animals such as dogs for the visually impaired, so you must plan ahead.
Start with relatives or friends outside your area, boarding kennels and vet clinics who could shelter your animals during an emergency. Some motels and campgrounds allow pets too.
Once you have compiled a list remember to put a copy in your "Grab and Go" bag. While you're at it include pet supplies (leash, portable kennel, food, and water).
If you have advance warning of a possible disaster or severe storm, keep your pets inside with you so you won't have to look for them if you are forced to leave your home.
Make sure your pets are wearing collars and identification tags.