Emergency Preparedness Week 2020 Print Article Font Size
If there were a large-scale emergency in the community, would you and your family be prepared. It’s Emergency Preparedness Week, the perfect time to know the risks and develop your own emergency plan.
Emergency Preparedness Week, which runs May 3 to 9, encourages Canadians to take three simple steps to become better prepared to face a range of emergencies:
  • Know the risks
  • Make a plan
  • Get an emergency kit
It is important to keep up to date on current conditions, like the weather, that might impact you.
“This is particularly timely with the upcoming spring freshet,” says Kyle Hale, Golden and Area Emergency Program Coordinator. “We have higher than normal snow levels in the alpine this year, so the risk of flooding is elevated. We will be focused on keeping the public aware of the conditions and reminding people to stay away from the rivers as the weather starts to warm and the thaw begins.”
The public should review emergency COVID-19 procedures as they relate to traditional flooding response and evacuations.
It's important for people to be prepared to be self-sufficient for at least 72 hours in the case of an emergency. This helps make sure emergency services teams can focus on the most vulnerable in the community during an emergency.
“That means having enough food and water to get by without power or tap water, medication if needed and a plan that allows the whole family – including pets – to get to safety if instructed to do so by emergency responders,” said Hale.
In the Golden area, Golden Fire Rescue, BC Ambulance, Golden and District Search and Rescue, and the Nicholson Fire Department are the first responders. In a large scale emergency, the local Emergency Management Program would be activated to support those organizations.
The Get Prepared website has a wealth of information, checklists and even a printable family emergency kit that you can create online. Check your kit twice a year and re-stock as needed.
The Town of Golden works under a joint emergency program between the Town and the Columbia Shuswap Regional District and supports emergencies within the community. The program is active year-round and incorporates training scenarios and preparedness exercises to respond to emergencies.
For more information on our local Emergency Management Program and emergency preparedness, contact Kyle.hale@goldeneoc.ca.