(as of August 5 @ 4:45pm)

The City of Vernon ESS Reception Centre will be extending its hours of registration until 7:00 p.m. Thursday, August 5, 2021. This is a temporary change of operation for the Centre.

The Reception Centre is doing its utmost to assist evacuees. The Centre has extended hours beyond the 4:30 p.m. scheduled close to address an anticipated surge of evacuees. Hours will fluctuate based on expected demand and fire activity.

The Centre will close at 8:00 p.m. to provide a rest break for volunteers and staff who are working exceptional hours to support those in need.  Volunteers and staff will return to the Centre early Friday, August 6, 2021 and reopen for evacuee registration at 9:30 a.m.

The City of Vernon ESS Reception Centre is receiving residents who are being evacuated due to the White Rock Lake Fire (#K61884) and are being directed to register in Vernon.

For those attending the reception centre, please note:

• All evacuees should register online with the ESS Evacuee Registration & Assistance (ERA) tool even if you do not require referrals such as housing or other services: ess.gov.bc.ca

• Due to a shortage of hotel accommodations, please consider making arrangements to stay with family or friends, if possible. 

• Please do not bring pets into the reception centre. Pets should stay outside of the centre with an owner while another member of the household registers for service referrals.

For more information and updates regarding the White Rock Lake Fire and Evacuation Orders and Alerts, please visit the following pages:

• BC Wildfire Service

• Regional District of North Okanagan

• Okanagan Indian Band