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What to do during an evacuation

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The McCormick creek wildfire is growing steadily. Here's what to do if you've been put on an evacuation alert or order:

To prepare for an evacuation:

  • You will need to prepare to leave your home on very short notice.
  • Stay tuned to your local authority's public information channels, as well as Emergency Info BC for updates.
  • Have your emergency kit and important documents ready to go, which should include things like insurance and personal papers such as birth certificates.
  • Several days' clothing
  • Medicine/prescriptions
  • Consider your pets and get leashes, carriers and pet food ready to go.
  • Also consider the kids and bring some comfort items, like a favourite toy or colouring books to help keep them busy.
  • Don't forget to check in on family, friends and neighbours who may have mobility or other issues to contend with.
  • This is a good time to collect precious photos and mementos that can't be replaced.

What to do when you've been evacuated:

  • You must leave the area immediately
  • Close all windows and doors
  • Shut off all gas and electrical appliances, other than refrigerators and freezers
  • Close gates (latch) but do not lock
  • Gather your family: take a neighbour or someone who needs help
  • Take critical items (medicine, purse, wallet, and Keys) only if they are immediately
  • available. Take pets in pet kennels or on leash
  • Do not use more vehicles then you have to
  • Do not use the telephone unless you need emergency service

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