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Central Okanagan getting emergency ready

The RDCO wants to hear from the public on how to better prepare for disaster
The Regional District Central Okanagan’s Community Readiness Public Engagement runs from April 15 to May 12 and will include open houses, and media campaigns. (Black press file photo)

The Regional District of Central Okanagan wants to make sure residents are prepared for anything with emergency readiness initiatives.

From April 15 to May 12, Central Okanagan municipalities are invited to a series of in-person and online events to ask questions and share ideas on how to better protect the area ahead of floods, fires, and other disasters.

“With the increasing occurrence of disasters such as flooding, debris flows, drought, wildfires and extreme weather, being prepared for emergencies is more important than ever,” said Sandra Follack, emergency manager for the Regional Emergency Program. “Understanding how residents prepare for emergencies and their preferred methods for receiving critical information during such situations is crucial for the safety of our communities.”

In-person events include:

· Westbank First Nation Gymnasium: April 16, 4 p.m. 7 p.m.

· Ellison Heritage Community Centre: May 6, 4 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.

· Killiney Beach Community Hall: May 7, 4 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.

· Joe Rich Community Hall: May 8, 4 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.

For those without or with limited access to the internet, printed questionnaires are available by mail by calling 250-469-6193 or can be picked up at one of the following locations:

· Fire Departments located in Joe Rich and North Westside

· Fire Station No. 1 located at 2255 Enterprise Way in Kelowna

· Ellison Heritage Community Hall

· EECO Centre located at Mission Creek Regional Park

· RDCO office located at 1450 KLO Road

· Additional Central Okanagan municipalities (Peachland, West Kelowna, Kelowna, Lake Country) and Westbank First Nation.

Questionnaires must be submitted to the RDCO office no later than May 31.

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