The recent spell of hot, dry weather has resulted in increased fire danger ratings throughout the Cariboo Fire Centre (CFC).
The majority of the CFC is currently between moderate and extreme, with a total fire ban in place.
With these hot and dry conditions in mind, it’s a good time to think about being prepared in case of an emergency. Residents of the Cariboo Regional District (CRD) – 100 Mile House, Williams Lake, Quesnel and Wells – can sign up for the Cariboo-Chilcotin Emergency Notification System to receive alerts about emergencies and other important community news.
This system enables the CRD to provide critical information to residents quickly in a variety of situations, such as severe weather, unexpected road closures, missing persons and evacuations of buildings or neighbourhoods.
People who sign up for the service can specify how they want to receive the alerts, including: home, mobile or business phone; e-mail; and text message. Residents can register by visiting the CRD website at www.cariboord.ca or by calling the office at 250-392-3351.
For those folks not familiar or comfortable registering their emergency notification information via computer or Smartphone, you can give Lory at Cariboo Chilcotin Partners for Literacy (CCPL) a call at 250-395-0655 to book an appointment. Lory has limited time; however, she is happy to meet with people to help them set up their contact information.
You are also welcome to phone the CRD at 250-392-3351 and ask for Cody. He will assist you to input your information.
The link to the registration is https://member.everbridge.net/index/453003085612292#/login
It is important to register in order to receive local alert information.
Depending on the incident, you and your family could be on your own for several days while first responders manage the situation. People can also learn about how to prepare for emergencies by visiting PreparedBC at: http://www.gov.bc.ca/preparedbc.