RCMP urge B.C. wildfire evacuees to post a note so officials know they are safe


B.C. residents who are ordered to leave their homes due to wildfire danger are being asked to leave a note for emergency personnel as part of their evacuation plan.

The Vernon North Okanagan RCMP has sent out an example of a note that can be left behind letting officials know everyone has got out safely.

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Close up look at wildfire destruction on shore of Okanagan Lake

Close up look at wildfire destruction on shore of Okanagan Lake

As the North Okanagan is such a large area and there are a number of rural properties, it can be very difficult to know if everyone is accounted for, police said.

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Once an evacuation order is issued, the first priority will always be life safety, Warren Smith, emergency management coordinator for the City of Armstrong said in a release.

We are asking our residents who are on evacuation alert, as part of your emergency preparedness plan, to prepare a note you can leave at your property should you be evacuated. The note should be posted in a highly visible location and should include your family name, when you left, where you are, and a contact number you can be reached at.

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As of Tuesday, there are 35 states of local emergency in B.C., 86 evacuation orders affecting 8,262 properties, along with 125 evacuation alerts affecting 22,729 properties.

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