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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:

Revelstoke and Area Emergency Program (RAEMP)

  • CSRD Electoral Area B
  • City of Revelstoke 

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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. 

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