Evacuees are encouraged to register with Emergency Support Services

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Residents of British Columbia who have been evacuated due to ongoing wildfires and require support services are encouraged to register with Emergency Support Services (ESS).

The province continues to provide support to evacuees through ESS across the province. Services provided include food, lodging, clothing, emotional support and information updates.

Evacuees can register for ESS online or in person at a reception center. People are also encouraged to pre-register for the ESS. To register or pre-register, visit the province’s online Evacuee Registration and Assistance (ERA) tool: https://ess.gov.bc.ca/

Interac e-transfer may be available for people receiving ESS payments after being evacuated and registering with the ERA online tool. To be eligible for e-transfer, log into ERA online with your BC Services Card application and register.

Evacuee reception centers have been established in Fort St. John and the Mission District for evacuees from the Battleship Creek Fire and the Flood Falls Trail Fire, respectively.

The risk of wildfires in the province remains high and people can prevent wildfires by:

  • Following fire bans and restrictions
  • Pay close attention to weather and fuel conditions before lighting a fire, even though fires are permitted at this time
  • Practice responsible forest and land use

The forest fire situation is constantly changing. The information below is current as of 5:00 p.m. (Pacific Time) Monday, September 12, 2022.

Evacuations:

  • Evacuation orders: 4
  • Evacuation alerts: 9
  • Populations (approximate):
    • 1,050 people under evacuation order
    • 850 people under evacuation alert
    • 310 people registered for ESS in Fort St. John
    • 21 people enrolled in the ESS in the District of Mission
  • Orders and alerts by Emergency Management BC region:
    • Central Coast of Vancouver Island: 0 orders, 0 alerts
    • North West: 0 orders, 0 alerts
    • North-East: 2 orders, 1 alert
    • Central: 0 commands, 2 alerts
    • Southeast: 0 orders, 1 alert
    • Southwest: 2 orders, 5 alerts

Below is some information to help those who may need to prepare for an evacuation alert or an evacuation order.

EVACUATION ALERT

In the event of an evacuation alert for your area:

  • Prepare to leave your home on short notice.
  • Stay tuned to your local authority’s public information channels, as well as Emergency Info BC for updates: http://www.emergencyinfobc.gov.bc.ca
  • Prepare your emergency kit and important documents, which should include things like insurance and personal papers, such as birth certificates. You must also pack:
    • multi-day wear
    • Medicines/prescriptions
    • For your children, comfort items, such as a favorite toy or coloring books to keep them occupied
    • For your pets, leashes, carriers and pet food
  • Consider collecting valuable photos and keepsakes that cannot be replaced.
  • Make sure your vehicle has fuel.
  • If you need help with an evacuation order, pre-register online for emergency assistance services using the Evacuee Registration and Assistance Online (ERA) tool. ) of the province: https://ess.gov.bc.ca/

Also, ask about any family members, friends, or neighbors who might need a helping hand with mobility issues or other issues.

EVACUATION ORDER

In the event of an evacuation order, you must leave the area immediately. Local authorities will not ask you to leave without a valid reason, and not leaving at the request of the authorities puts you and others at risk. When an evacuation order is issued:

  • Wear a long-sleeved shirt, long pants, and sturdy shoes to protect yourself from unforeseen hazards.
  • Gather your family members or go to the place designated in your family plan as a meeting place.
  • Plan to bring your pets with you; don’t leave them behind. Because pets aren’t allowed in public shelters, follow your plan to visit a relative or friend, or find a “pet-friendly” hotel.
  • Take your emergency kit and follow the directions to the identified reception centre.
  • Follow routes specified by emergency authorities. Avoid shortcuts – they could take you to a blocked or dangerous area.
  • Take the essential items already in your kit (medicine, purse, wallet and keys).
  • Take your pets in kennels or on a leash.
  • Close all doors and windows. Close and lock the gates, but do not lock them.
  • Take a cell phone if you have one.
  • If there is time and it is safe to do so, turn off the water to the main line to your home and turn off the electricity at the circuit breaker. Leave the natural gas service “on”.
  • Stay clear of any downed power lines.
  • If you are going to an evacuation center, register with the registration desk to be contacted or reunited with your family and loved ones.
  • Contact your out-of-area emergency contact (identified in your personal emergency plan) to let them know what happened, that you are okay, and how to contact you. Notify them of any separated family members.

Your local authority officials will let you know when it is safe to return home.

Learn more:

For more information on evacuation orders and alerts, as well as a list of reception centres, visit Emergency Info BC: https://www.emergencyinfobc.gov.bc.ca/wildfires-2021/

Stay up to date on the wildfire situation in the province: www.bcwildfire.ca

To register for emergency assistance services, visit: https://ess.gov.bc.ca/
Or call toll free: 1 800 585-9559

Road closures: http://www.drivebc.com

Preparation : http://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/safety/emergency-preparedness-response-recovery/preparedbc/know-the-risks/wildfires

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