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 heatwaves, chemical spills, fires, earthquakes, etc. When disaster does strike, the best protection is knowing what to do.
Understanding Emergency Management Services in Armstrong
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.
Volunteer for Emergency Support Services
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:
Further information can also be found on the Canadian Red Cross website.
Prepared BC has created a short video outlining what Emergency Social Services are.
Do Your Part – 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.
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.
The novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic continues to evolve around the world. The City of Armstrong’s top priority is to encourage and maintain the health and safety of citizens, visitors and staff. The City continues to follow directions from the Province of B.C. and the Government of Canada.
City Hall is Open to the Public
We do ask that you only visit if your trip is essential.
- If your trip is essential and you are accessing City Hall please review the following:
- Masks are required to be worn at all times.
- Maintain social distancing of 2 m (6 ft).
- Two people are permitted service at the front counter. Please only enter if the traffic light is green.
- Please exit through our side office door located on the west side of the building. Staff will provide you with direction once your interaction is complete.
- Hand sanitizer is readily available.
- Public washrooms are closed at this time.
- Please be respectful.
- All Council meetings and Public Hearings are following a regular schedule. In order to meet public health orders, all meetings are held virtually via Zoom with limited in-person access.
- The Armstrong Spallumcheen Fire Hall remains closed to the public.
The risk of wildfires throughout the province and our region is seasonal and continues to evolve. The City of Armstrong acts on advice from B.C. Wildfire Service and Emergency Management B.C. Our organization actively engages with these organizations to review wildfire status and statistics.
The City of Armstrong will continue to update this webpage as new information that impacts the City comes available. For further inquiries, please contact City Hall at 250-546-3023.
Flood Management Information
The City of Armstrong takes steps annually to prepare for the potential of flooding and its effects.
Flood Mapping and Risk Assessment Report
The City developed a Flood Mapping and Risk Assessment Report in 2019.
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.
This report will take a bit to load as it is large.
Additional information about general flood preparedness for homeowners can be found by following the links below.
Emergency Preparedness Information
Emergency Management B.C.
The provincial emergency program, Emergency Management BC (EMBC), is a division of the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure, reporting to the Minister of State for Emergency Preparedness. EMBC works with local governments year round, providing training and support before, during and after emergencies.
Public Safety Canada
Public Safety Canada coordinates and supports the efforts of federal organizations, ensuring national security and the safety of Canadians. They also work with other levels of government, first responders, community groups, the private sector and other nations. They provide information to help Canadians prepare for emergencies, including guides, websites and public awareness activities such as Emergency Preparedness Week.