Every municipality and regional district in the Province of BC is required to have an Emergency Program in place under the BC Emergency Program Act legislation.
The City of Vernon’s Emergency Program is managed by Vernon Fire Rescue Services. The Emergency Program is responsible for the direction and control of coordinated response to, and recovery from a major emergency event or disaster. This accomplished through prevention and mitigation, preparedness, response and recovery activities. Resources engaged to provide effective responses include trained and practiced emergency management personnel, community volunteers and emergency plans that reflect the risks inherent to the area.
Emergency Programs do not coordinate or facilitate daily emergency response activities of the RCMP, Fire Rescue Services of BC Ambulance Service. The Program is designed to support these agencies with required resources when they have depleted those initially available to them.
Residents have a responsibility to BE PREPARED for disasters and emergencies. In the event of an emergency, you should be prepared to be self-sufficient for at least 72 hours. Knowing what to do is an important part of being prepared. Those who are well prepared can minimize some of the challenges incurred during the initial response to a major incident. Many resources are available through a variety of sources and are noted on the following pages.
2017 Flood and Wildfire season independent, strategic review of flood and wildfire practices in the province final report is available here. View the full report or the executive summary.