Regional emergency program
The Kelowna Fire Department administers the Central Okanagan Regional Emergency Plan. The program supports all local governments including Kelowna, Lake Country, Peachland, West Kelowna, Westbank First Nations and the Regional District of the Central Okanagan (RDCO).
The plan is designed to:
- Assist emergency personnel in responding quickly and effectively to potential disasters such as wildfires, landslides, major storms, chemical spills, floods, plane crashes, or earthquakes;
- Provide a concentrated assessment and decision-making body that is best able to utilize all available resources within RDCO, and if necessary, from the Provincial and/or Federal Governments; and
- Provide guidelines for recovery after an emergency.
Representatives from each local government as well as fire, police, health care, public works, transportation, media liaison, communications and emergency social services meet regularly to fine-tune and practice the plan, which includes activating the Emergency Operations Centre (EOC). Larger businesses and the local school district routinely participate in full-scale exercises.
The plan, which is constantly evolving, goes hand in hand with the British Columbia Emergency Management System (BCEMS). As soon as the Emergency Plan is activated the Provincial Emergency Program is notified.
The emergency program is supported by volunteers in our local Emergency Social Services program. These volunteers provide support to people displaced by emergencies and are a critical asset to our community’s response.
Other volunteers are involved with programs such as Amateur Radio or one of the many other supporting organizations in our community that step up to help out in times of need.
For more information on emergency preparedness visit Central Okanagan Emergency Operations.