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Emergency Management

Emergency Management


COVID-19 Updates

Mayor's Message March 27, 2020

Press Release March 20, 2020

Press Release March 19, 2020

Burning Ban Updates - March 27, 2020

As cases of novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in BC continue to increase, the BC Centre for Disease Control recommends implementing measures that help to reduce excess air pollution in populated airsheds across the province. There is strong evidence that exposure to air pollution increases susceptibility to respiratory viral infections by decreasing immune function. This means that: • Deterioration in air quality may lead to more COVID-19 infections overall, • Deterioration in air quality may lead to more cases of severe COVID-19 infections, adding further demand to our healthcare system, and • Improvements to air quality may help to protect the whole population from COVID-19 and its potentially severe effects.

The Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Strategy in collaboration with provincial public health partners has issued open burning restrictions for all High Smoke Sensitivity Zones (North Okanagan including Armstrong Spallumcheen) across the province until Wednesday April 15th, 2020. No new fires may be initiated and no additional material may be added to existing fires.

Inquires can be made through the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Strategy website or to the Armstrong Spallumcheen Fire Department. Please advise the Fire Dept. has limited staffing at this time so it may take a day or two for someone to return calls.

Disasters have been occurring around the globe with unprecedented frequency, bringing to the forefront the need to be prepared for disasters of all kinds. The City of Armstrong believes that the more work we do today, the more we can help the residents and businesses in our community.  With preparation, our City can become more resilient to the effects of a disaster and better prepared to cope after a major disaster.

It is important that everyone, from school-aged children to seniors, understand that emergency preparedness is something in which we all play a very important role. Disasters take many forms: floods, winter storms, summer heat waves, chemical spills, fires, earthquakes, etc.  When disaster does strike, the best protection is knowing what to do.

Flood Management Information

Annual Spring Freshet Preparation - The City of Armstrong takes steps annually to prepare for the potential of flooding and its affects. You can click here to find a list of things to review when preparing your home for spring freshet and the possibility of flooding.  More information can be found at the links below. 

Flood Mapping and Risk Assessment Report 

Council received the City's Flood Mapping and Risk Assessment Report at the Regular Council Meeting on January 28, 2019. Please review the report by clicking here (this report will take a bit to load as it is large). 

This Flood Mapping and Risk Assessment Report supports and directs the development and implementation of an integrated flood management plan (IFMP) by providing the City with flood mapping, a risk assessment, and other flood risk mitigation information.

Additional information about general flood preparedness for homeowners can be found by following the links below.

Emergency Management Services

The City of Armstrong provides emergency management services directly to the community, including operational support to first responders (fire, police, ambulance, public works) during major incidents. Operational support may include Emergency Operations Centre activation, emergency support services (in partnership with the RDNO and the Canadian Red Cross Society (CRCS)), evacuations, and coordination of resources and agencies involved in response and recovery.

Emergency Support Services Volunteers 

Emergency Support Services is based on volunteerism, and is dependent on the willingness of individuals in the community to help plan for the well-being of their neighbours and fellow citizens in the event of a disaster. For more information regarding volunteering and the provided services click here.

Further information can also be found on the Canadian Red Cross website

Prepared BC has created this short video outlining what Emergency Social Services are.

Be Prepared

Preparations such as packing a "Grab & Go" bag can make a big difference in the event of a disaster. If you are on a prescription, don't forget your medication.

How to make an emergency "Grab & Go" bag.

Emergency Preparation for Pets

If you are forced to leave your home, it is important to remember to take your pet(s) with you. Leaving pets behind, even if you try to make a safe place for them, is not the best option. Unfortunately, most emergency shelters cannot accept pets, except for service animals such as dogs for the visually impaired, so you must plan ahead. Start with relatives or friends outside your area, boarding kennels and vet clinics who could shelter your animals during an emergency. Some motels and campgrounds allow pets too.

Once you have compiled a list remember to put a copy in your "Grab and Go" bag and don’t forget to include your pets supplies (leash, portable kennel, food, and water). If you have advance warning of a possible disaster or severe storm, keep your pets inside with you so you won't have to look for them if you are forced to leave your home. Make sure your pets are wearing collars and identification tags.

Links to Organizations, Agencies or Websites for Emergency Preparedness