We have received this note from a reader;"Twenty people are still trapped up on the Exstew River, at the Recreation Site. RCMP were in contact and all the people involved are experienced and safe."
Please stay clear of all river banks as erosion forces from the river undercut the land one might be standing on to get a better view.
Sand bags and material are available from the RDKS.
Are You Prepared?
72 hours--is your family prepared? During an emergency, you and your family could be on your own for an extended period of time. Emergency services may not be readily available, as increasing demands are placed on responders. It may take emergency workers some time to get to you as they help those in most critical need.
If you have to evacuate on short notice, do you have alternative lodging lined up, somewhere for your pets and/or livestock to go, important documents organized and ready to take along? These are just some of the things to consider in your personal emergency preparedness plan.
Planning doesn’t have to be overwhelming, just take some time and think about what items and arrangements are critical for the comfort and peace of mind for you and your family in a time of crisis; for instance if you asked your teenager what was vital to have if unexpectedly having to sleep in a school gym…they would likely say their Ipod or gaming device! Have a conversation with your children or elderly parents, make sure they have input into your family emergency plan – as the saying goes, ‘we don’t plan to fail, we fail to plan’. You can make sure you plan to minimize stress to yourself and your loved ones by taking the time to prepare in advance for unexpected emergency or disaster.
Know the Risks – www.pep.bc.ca/hazard_preparedness/hazard_preparedness.html
Make a Plan – www.getprepared.gc.ca
Get a Kit – http://www.getprepared.gc.ca/cnt/kts/index-eng.aspx
EMERGENCY SOCIAL SERVICES (ESS)
What is Emergency Social Services?
Emergency Social Services is a team of dedicated volunteers who in times of emergencies or disasters, step-up to give short term assistance to residents of their community who are evacuated from their homes. ESS assistance may include up to 72 hours worth of food and lodging – as well as clothing, incidentals, emotional support and family re-unification services. The ESS team can be activated by the local Emergency Program Coordinator or Emergency Management BC (formerly known as PEP).
The ESS team provides support to residents of both the Regional District of Kitimat Stikine and the City of Terrace.
The regional ESS team is in need of volunteers. As a volunteer you;
Are provided specialized training and experience as an emergency worker
Develop new skill sets
Experience social interaction
Give support to your community
If you are interested in joining Emergency Social Services you should be 19 years of age or over, undergo a Criminal Record Check and be a reliable, available team player that is able to take direction and have an ability to work under pressure. To learn more about ESS visit www.ess.bc.ca
How to Apply
Email skennedy,,,rdks.bc.ca or call 250-615-6100. We would be happy to discuss the best volunteer opportunity for you.