Emergency Preparedness

The Sicamous Fire Department received funds totalling over $100,000 to investigate firehall upgrades or replacement. (File Photo)

Sicamous abandons fire boat plan, money shifted to fire hall upgrades

Dock owners will no longer have to pay a $125 fee which was funding fire boat reserve

 

Offices, schools, homes and more offer protection in the event of an earthquake. The Great BC ShakeOut is slated for Oct. 15, but individuals and socially distanced groups can practice earthquake drills anytime. (Black Press media file photo)

Great BC ShakeOut takes a COVID-safe approach for 2020

Public encouraged to host socially distanced earthquake drills Oct. 15 or anytime

 

A four-year-old child was injured after falling out of a window in Surrey in September 2019 – one of 14 high-fall incidents in B.C. that year. (Shane MacKichan photos)

Child, 3, falls from window in Burnaby, sparking warning from BC Children’s Hospital

Fasten windows and lock balconies are just a few of the suggested safety measures

 

Left to right: Tom Watkinson, (Kiwanis Club President), Firefighter Ryan McGiverin, Fire Chief David Lind, Firefighter Derek Kruysifix, Warren Cecchini (Kiwanis Club member), Firefighter Darren Cecchini. June 25, 2020. (Contributed)

Club funds new rescue equipment for Vernon firefighters

Vernon Four Seasons Kiwanis Club donated more than $12,500 for new extrication tool

Left to right: Tom Watkinson, (Kiwanis Club President), Firefighter Ryan McGiverin, Fire Chief David Lind, Firefighter Derek Kruysifix, Warren Cecchini (Kiwanis Club member), Firefighter Darren Cecchini. June 25, 2020. (Contributed)
The District of Sicamous presents the Shuswap RCMSAR station with a $2,000 cheque to help purchase more COVID-19 protective equipment. (District of Sicamous Photo)

Sicamous marine search and rescue station receives money for COVID-19 protective equipment

The contribution comes as the station deals with the loss of a major donation

The District of Sicamous presents the Shuswap RCMSAR station with a $2,000 cheque to help purchase more COVID-19 protective equipment. (District of Sicamous Photo)
Lumby residents in floodplain areas are on evacuation alert. (2017 Morning Star file photo)

Flood potential puts Okanagan community on evacuation alert

Lumby frustrated that protective measures can’t remain in place despite annual flooding

Lumby residents in floodplain areas are on evacuation alert. (2017 Morning Star file photo)
The Shuswap Emergency Program has activated its emergency operations centre in the face of the COVID-19 virus. (CDC Image)                                The Shuswap Emergency Program has activated their emergency operations centre in the face of the COVID-19 virus. (CDC Image)

Shuswap Emergency Program activates emergency operations centre to assist COVID-19 response

The measure usually reserved for floods and fires was done to help provincial response to virus

The Shuswap Emergency Program has activated its emergency operations centre in the face of the COVID-19 virus. (CDC Image)                                The Shuswap Emergency Program has activated their emergency operations centre in the face of the COVID-19 virus. (CDC Image)
Fallen trees line the steep banks Newsome Creek in Sorrento. Local residents say more trees came down over the winter as the banks continue to erode. (File photo)

Eroding creek bank has Shuswap property owners anxious about coming spring

Residents along Newsome Creek impatient with B.C. government’s involvement

Fallen trees line the steep banks Newsome Creek in Sorrento. Local residents say more trees came down over the winter as the banks continue to erode. (File photo)
A rockslide was affecting traffic on Sunnybrae Canoe-Point road west of Herald Park on the afternoon of Jan. 26. (Brenda Babiuk/Facebook)

Rockslide obstructing traffic in Sunnybrae

Large boulders rolled onto Sunnybrae Canoe-Point Road in the South Shuswap.

A rockslide was affecting traffic on Sunnybrae Canoe-Point road west of Herald Park on the afternoon of Jan. 26. (Brenda Babiuk/Facebook)
The U.S. Geological Survey is reporting an earthquake the afternoon of Jan. 24, 2020 was a 4.8 magnitude and 26 kilometres deep. (USGS MAP)

4.8 earthquake shakes Vancouver Island’s west coast

No tsunami expected at this time

The U.S. Geological Survey is reporting an earthquake the afternoon of Jan. 24, 2020 was a 4.8 magnitude and 26 kilometres deep. (USGS MAP)