Critical of emergency information

Details on Summerland evacuation shelter not updated on TV.

Dear Editor:

I hope the criticism I have for the Emergency Preparedness Centre held at the Curling Arena in Summerland will help the person responsible for the notification to the public and media outlets become more efficient.

Before venturing out to do some shopping I checked Shaw TV New Board.

Yes, I read two locations for emergency centres, in West Kelowna and Summerland.

As a community citizen, I visited the Summerland Dollar Store on Main Street to buy some bits and pieces suitable for elementary aged children.

(Remember their school in Peachland was closed).

The proprietor of the store, on learning I was donating these items to the children of the Peachland fire evacuation, offered financial help.

They generously donated free a few things and charged me a fraction of the cost. Thank you.

I took these items to the curling arena in Summerland only to be met by a sign on the door informing people to go to West Kelowna.

The office was closed.

No other information.

I was disappointed and confused.

The TV said it was open.

Later, I heard through the grapevine that the Legion always helps out in times like this, so I took my box of goodies to the Summerland Legion. They gratefully accepted our gifts and said they would send them on to the Peachland Legion.

When I got home, I put Shaw TV Channel 11 on only to be met with the same information bulletin which said there are two emergency centres open for Peachland fire evacuees, in West Kelowna and Summerland.

L. Price

Summerland