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EVACUATION ALERT RESCINDED - August 20, 2021 @ 0800 hrs

Last update - August 20, 2021 @ 0800 hrs

CORPORATION OF THE DISTRICT OF BARRIERE

EVACUATION ALERT RESCINDED TO ALL CLEAR – Wildfire

The District of Barriere Emergency Operations Centre has been advised that the imminent risk of danger to life and properties from the Sparks Lake Wildfire near the District of Barriere has diminished at this time.                                                     

The Evacuation Alert for all properties within the municipal boundary of the District of Barriere issued at 1000hrs on August 16, 2021 pursuant to Section 10.1.h of Division 2 of the Emergency Program Act of British Columbia, RS Chapter III (1996) is therefore rescinded.  An Evacuation Alert may need to be re-issued, however and, if necessary, the process will re-commence.

For more information contact:   

Bob Payette, Chief Administrative Officer                                                                                                                                                             

Tasha Buchanan, Corporate Officer

Phone: (250) 672-9751 

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Evacuation Alert Rescind – Wildfire

Barriere, BC – August 20, 2021 @ 0800hrs

Evacuation Rescind to All Clear - August 20, 2021 @0800 hrs



Previous Updates:

EVACUATION ALERT - August, 2021 @ 10:00am

Latest Update: Monday, August 16, 2021 @ 1000 hrs

An Evacuation Alert has been issued by the Corporation of the District of Barriere at the Emergency Operations Centre in Barriere.

A current wildfire nearby the jurisdiction of the District of Barriere poses a threat to the structures and residents located within the municipal boundary of the District of Barriere.

Because of this, the District of Barriere has issued an Evacuation Alert for these properties, effective at 1000 hrs on August 16, 2021.

This Evacuation Alert has been issued to prepare you to evacuate your premises or property should it be found necessary. Residents will be given as much advance notice as possible prior to evacuation; however you may receive limited notice due to changing conditions.

 WHAT YOU SHOULD DO:

• Locate all family members and designate a meeting area outside the evacuation area, should an Evacuation Order be called while separated.

• Pack essential items such as government-issued ID, medications, eyeglasses, valuable papers (e.g. insurance, credit, and mortgage information), immediate care needs for dependents and, if time and space permits, keepsakes for quick departure.

• Prepare to move disabled persons, children and/or neighbours, if assistance is needed.

 • Prepare to take pets with you and move livestock to a safe area (if possible).

 • Arrange transportation for all your household members. Fill the gas tanks of personal vehicles.

 • Arrange accommodation for all members of the residence, if possible.

 • Wait for an Evacuation Order to be issued before evacuating. Monitor for information on evacuation orders and location of Reception Centres.

 For further information visit www.bcwildfire.ca  and www.barriere.ca.

 For more information contact:  Bob Payette, Chief Administrative Officer: bpayette@barriere.ca or Ph: 778-694-5770

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                      

Barriere, BC – August 16, 2021 @ 1000 hrs.

Click here for a PDF version of this Evacuation Alert Notice

August 16, 2021 Evacuation Alert - District of Barriere


Emergency Preparedness

The District of Barriere is supported by our local volunteer fire department and regional fire departments through mutual aid agreements, including support and guidance from the TNRD emergency services department, for planning, response and evaluation of our emergency response plan.

The following link provide up to date and immediate information regarding official regional and local risks and evacuation orders including evacuation status and an interactive map showing locations of notices and alerts:

Barriere Emergency Response and Evacuation Plan

TNRD Emergency Services

BC Public Health Orders

BC Wildfire Services 

The District of Barriere local EMP Emergency Management & Evacuation Plan is governed by Mayor & Council. The EMP is updated and reviewed annually. Municipal staff and members of Council receive training and practice on possible hazards that could affect the District, and or the Region.  In the event of an emergency, Mayor and Council have the authority to send out an official evacuation order, in coordination with the TNRD emergency center, as well as declaring a state of emergency for supplemental provincial support and authority as required.

Household Preparedness 

Each household is responsible for their own emergency planning and kits. Emergencies happen when we least expect please take some time to get yourself prepared and to help others in the event of an emergency and or an evacuation due to fires or floods.  The following form will get you started on your personal plan. 

Getprepared.gc.ca

Other Emergency Resources

Although this site will be updated with any local information during a major emergency, there are a number of other agencies that provide useful information both for preparedness and about emergency situations. Find links to their websites below:

Flooding Preparedness

Preparedness is key in any emergency, including for a flood. Ensure you have a 72 hour disaster preparedness kit and an evacuation plan in place to be ready in the event of a flood. Visit the Get Prepared before a flood webpage for additional tips on what to do before, during and after a flood. Property owners in flood prone and low-lying areas are responsible for protecting their own properties from possible flood damage. Equipping yourself with a flood plan and the tools needed in case of a flood can help prepare you.


Evacuation Procedures

**NOTE** At present, the District of Barriere is NOT under Evacuation Order.  Should that change, the process is as follows:

Ordering an evacuation of all or part of an emergency area is a very serious step and requires detailed planning.  In BC, the Emergency Program Act permits the head of a local authority to declare a state of local emergency, which allows the local authority to order an evacuation should it be absolutely necessary.  There are several other statutes (Fire Services Act, Forest and Range Practices Act, Public Health Act, Environmental Management Act, and the Mines Act) that can be used to order an evacuation. 

Evacuation Process

Stage 1 - Evacuation Alert

Authorities will alert the population that is at risk of the potential for evacuation because of the danger of possible loss of life and that they should be prepared to evacuate the area. This warning will be transmitted by: 

  • door-to-door campaign
  • radio and/or television broadcast
  • sirens and mobile public address announcements
  • telephone calls
  • electronic media (website)

Stage 2 - Evacuation Order

All persons in the affected area will be ordered to leave the area immediately.  The police will enforce the evacuation order. 

Stage 3 - Rescind

An evacuation order or alert is rescinded when it is determined to be safe for residents to return home. An evacuation order may be reinstated if a threat returns.


Emergency Support Services (ESS) Online Registration

Emergency Management BC (EMBC) uses an online system to register evacuees. The online platform will include evacuee registration with a self-serve registration option to streamline processes for evacuated individuals to access services more easily and efficiently.  The goal of the online platform is to reduce wait times for evacuees and processing time for volunteers. 

Link for online evacuee registration: Emergency Support Services (ESS)