Regional Evacuation Route Planning

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As part of its ongoing emergency preparedness efforts, the RDEK is creating a Regional Evacuation Route Plan.

A resident survey is now open to help with the data-gathering phase of the project. All East Kootenay residents in municipalities, rural areas or First Nations are encouraged to participate in the survey. Deadline to take part is October 17.

The data gathered in the survey will assist the consultants as they prepare specific evacuation route plans for the following communities:

  • Village of Radium Hot Springs;
  • District of Invermere;
  • Village of Canal Flats;
  • City of Kimberley;
  • City of Cranbrook;
  • City of Fernie;
  • District of Elkford
  • RDEK Electoral Areas A, B, C, E, F, G
  • Akisqnuk First Nation;
  • Aqam First Nation;
  • Tobacco Plains Indian Band; and
  • Shuswap Indian Band.

The District of Sparwood previously applied for funding and has an existing Evacuation Route Plan for the District that will be incorporated into the Regional Plan.

The regional plan will also include consideration for evacuating into - or receiving evacuees from - Alberta and neighbouring BC jurisdictions. During the summer of 2021, the East Kootenay received evacuees from other areas of BC due to widespread accommodation shortages in the West Kootenay, Central Kootenay and Okanagan.

PROJECT TIMING:

The consultants are currently in the data-gathering phase of the project, with draft plans expected to be complete early in 2022.

PROJECT FUNDING:

The RDEK was successful in obtaining $171,720 in grant funding from the UBCM Community Emergency Preparedness Fund for development of a regional Evacuation Route Plan. Six municipalities, four First Nations and the RDEK partnered for the grant. In addition, the District of Invermere applied separately for funding and was successful in obtaining an additional $21,920 for the project, for a total of $193,640.

As part of its ongoing emergency preparedness efforts, the RDEK is creating a Regional Evacuation Route Plan.

A resident survey is now open to help with the data-gathering phase of the project. All East Kootenay residents in municipalities, rural areas or First Nations are encouraged to participate in the survey. Deadline to take part is October 17.

The data gathered in the survey will assist the consultants as they prepare specific evacuation route plans for the following communities:

  • Village of Radium Hot Springs;
  • District of Invermere;
  • Village of Canal Flats;
  • City of Kimberley;
  • City of Cranbrook;
  • City of Fernie;
  • District of Elkford
  • RDEK Electoral Areas A, B, C, E, F, G
  • Akisqnuk First Nation;
  • Aqam First Nation;
  • Tobacco Plains Indian Band; and
  • Shuswap Indian Band.

The District of Sparwood previously applied for funding and has an existing Evacuation Route Plan for the District that will be incorporated into the Regional Plan.

The regional plan will also include consideration for evacuating into - or receiving evacuees from - Alberta and neighbouring BC jurisdictions. During the summer of 2021, the East Kootenay received evacuees from other areas of BC due to widespread accommodation shortages in the West Kootenay, Central Kootenay and Okanagan.

PROJECT TIMING:

The consultants are currently in the data-gathering phase of the project, with draft plans expected to be complete early in 2022.

PROJECT FUNDING:

The RDEK was successful in obtaining $171,720 in grant funding from the UBCM Community Emergency Preparedness Fund for development of a regional Evacuation Route Plan. Six municipalities, four First Nations and the RDEK partnered for the grant. In addition, the District of Invermere applied separately for funding and was successful in obtaining an additional $21,920 for the project, for a total of $193,640.

  • Thank you for participating in the Resident Survey. The survey will take less than 5 minutes to fill out and will provide our consultants with valuable information.

    Survey deadline is: October 17, 2021.

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Page last updated: 01 October 2021, 11:33