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Revelstoke Emergency Operations
In the event of an emergency activation, check here for all of the latest updates on the situation.
Tuesday, August 17, 2021
Revelstoke Fire Rescue and BC Wildfire are aware of a small fire burning on the west side of Upper Arrow Lake above Mulvehill Creek and Blanket Creek Provincial Park. This fire currently does not present as a threat to Revelstoke or any known structures in the area.
Wednesday, July 28, 2021
The City of Revelstoke is prepared and ready to staff an Emergency Operations Centre Level 1 should the need arise.
Friday, July 23, 2021
In times of crisis, it is important residents have access to trusted, timely and accurate information to ensure their own safety and that of their family and loved ones. In response to this need, the Columbia Shuswap Regional District, which operates the Shuswap Emergency Program, has chosen Alertable as an emergency notification program.
This program will serve the Columbia Shuswap Regional District's Emergency Programs including:
To view CSRD Media Release and Sign Up CLICK here
Wednesday, July 21, 2021
Given the events around the province in the past few weeks, the questions and concerns from the community regarding what to do in the event of an emergency are understandable. It can become confusing very quickly when there are multiple agencies giving various versions of information. The City of Revelstoke has a well established Emergency Response Plan that contains a wide variety of identified potential risks to the community and provides guidance to address an appropriate response to those risks should they occur.
Providing the public with emergency response instructions today, when an event has not occurred could result in confusion. Every incident is different and requires some adjustment to the pre-planning to ensure that our emergency response approach is as effective as possible. In the case of a wildfire, our directions would vary based on the location and severity of the fire. For example, the actual conditions may not require evacuation of the entire City. It could be dangerous to pre-emptively provide guidance to the public on where to evacuate to without that guidance being directly associated with an existing emergency situation as the actual conditions may require a different instruction to be given. In some cases, it may be necessary to establish a reception centre. (mustering point) The reception centre would be established in a safe location based on the actual event and directions given to evacuated residents to register there. Evacuees would be provided additional and relevant information then or subsequently as it becomes available to the City.
In regard to alerts and notifications for local emergency events, the City's existing Emergency Response Plan has an established Communication Plan that is carried out by a designated Information Officer in the Emergency Operations Centre (EOC). That person then uses all available methods to inform the public of details specific to the emerging incident, and to provide a clear and consistent message. The City’s Emergency Management Team has been working with CSRD to bring an EMERGENCY ALERT system up to date for Revelstoke and Area residents. Once this is available, the City will provide advice on how to sign up to receive local emergency alert information. At this time, the Federal Alert Ready system is restricted to Federal, Provincial, and Territorial governments (ie. the Province of British Columbia use only), although it’s possible this may change in the future.
Vulnerable and non-driving residents are typically the first to be addressed at the earliest stages of an evacuation alert to address the time lag. The various agencies that support this population on a day-to-day basis are usually the best resource to assist the EOC in planning and they would be called upon as appropriate. There are many inter-agency connections that exist to address these concerns, however, the City will always encourage people to help look out for their family, friends, and neighbours that may need assistance. Again, if an incident only affects a portion of the city, the City would not order the entire community to evacuate when they are not affected. The city does have access to busses and other transportation resources in the event these might be required, both for in town and out-of-town transport.
The City recognizes that most of the answers come back to “it depends”. This is because while communities can prepare and plan for certain trigger points, actions that need to be taken for any given incident always depend on the most up-to-date information related to the standard questions: what, where, when, who, and how? When an incident or certain type of incident occurs that threatens a population, the community's Emergency Response Team needs to evaluate the known risks and consequences to effectively execute necessary steps to protect life and property. The City would like to reassure the residents that there is a well established Emergency Response Plan specific to Revelstoke that provides clear guidance for responding appropriately to a wide variety of potential risks. This Plan can and will be activated anytime it is deemed to be necessary and can be utilized to respond to and mitigate both small and large emergencies.
Wednesday, July 14, 2021 : Emergency Information - Staying Informed before and during a local emergency event
Emergencies can happen at any time with little to no warning. Are you ready? By knowing the hazards, gathering supplies, and having a plan, you may be able to protect the health and safety of yourself and others.
View Media Release
If your property is under an Evacuation Order or Alert - CLICK HERE for information
Emergency Preparedness links and resources:
While the City’s Emergency Management Team is working in real-time to address threats to the community, it is important that residents do what they can to be prepared. Follow three steps to Emergency Preparedness at home or at work:
PreparedBC (Province of British Columbia)
Get Prepared (Government of Canada)
We’re in this together. Wildfire prevention can happen at home, in the backcountry, and through larger-scale fire and fuel management planning. Learn what you can do to help. Click here for more information.
Wildland-Urban Interface Fire
Research has shown that a house with both a fire resistant roof and a FireSmart zone surrounding it is 85 percent more likely to survive a wildfire than one that is not so prepared. Click here for more information.
Roles and Responsibilities
The City of Revelstoke actively works with the province through Emergency Management BC (EMBC) to prepare for and respond to emergencies that occur within the City and Columbia Shuswap Regional District Area B. If the need arises, the City will activate an Emergency Operations Centre (EOC) which will coordinate the response efforts for the impacted areas. The EOC liaises with external agencies to gather and disseminate the most accurate and relevant data this includes evacuation updates and Emergency Support Services. The City will work to keep residents informed about Emergency Support Services (ESS) available to evacuees and information about best practices.
There are no current alerts and/or orders this time.
Mass Notification System Alertable has been implemented.
Be Safe - Be Informed - Be Involved in Your Community
July 23, 2021
Effective immediately, residents and visitors can sign up to receive direct notifications through a variety of options including a mobile app, text, email, phone website or home smart speakers.
We encourage everyone to use this program to stay aware of the most up-to-date information on hazards, restrictions or closures. Downloading the mobile app is the recommended option for using this system, as it has the best access to notifications, especially when travelling. The mobile app also allows users to access Drive BC and Environment Canada weather alerts.
This program will serve the Columbia Shuswap Regional District's Emergency Programs including:
Shuswap Emergency Program
- CSRD Electoral Areas C, D, E and F, the City of Salmon Arm, the District of Sicamous
Revelstoke and Area Emergency Program (RAEMP)
- CSRD Electoral Area B, City of Revelstoke
Golden and Area Emergency Program (GAEMP)
- CSRD Electoral Area A, Town of Golden
When subscribed, all critical-level alerts will be issued for the areas you have specified. Advisory-level alerts can be customized by the user to suit their needs.
For more information and to sign up, visit www.csrd.bc.ca/alertable
July 22, 2021
The City’s Emergency Management Team has been working with CSRD to bring an EMERGENCY ALERT system up to date for Revelstoke and Area residents. Once this is available, the City will provide advice on how to sign up to receive local emergency alert information. The Alert Ready system is currently restricted to Federal, Provincial, and Territorial governments (ie the Province of British Columbia use only).
In case of an emergency, call 911
The emergency program is operated under the Revelstoke Fire Rescue Service.
Revelstoke Fire Rescue Service, 227 Fourth Street West, Revelstoke, BC V0E 2S0
|Monday to Friday 0800hr - 1600hr|
Non-Emergency number: 250-837-2884
*In the event of a local emergency with an established Emergency Operations Centre, further contact information will be provided.