Emergency preparation measures urged

Summerland residents should take precautions to prepare for unexpected emergencies.

Summerland residents should take precautions to prepare for unexpected emergencies, the head of Emergency Social Services in Summerland said.

“Everyone should have a grab and go bag for 72 hours,” said John Topham, director of the community’s Emergency Social Services.

A grab and go bag should contain some basic supplies for when an emergency strikes.

o Food (ready to eat) and water

o Flashlight and batteries

o AM/FM radio

o Medications

o Seasonal clothing

o Blanket

o Cell phone charger

o Pen and notepad

o Personal toiletries

o Small First-Aid kit

o Extra pair of glasses or contacts

o Cash in small bills

o Local map with your family meeting place identified

o Whistle

“In a moment’s notice, the RCMP could be evacuating an area,” Topham said.

While a large wildfire is raging in northern Alberta and wildfires have caused damages in the Okanagan Valley and the rest of the B.C. Interior, Topham said other emergencies could also force evacuations.

Floods, police incidents and standoffs and fuel truck spills could all result in evacuation orders.