What to do if you are evacuated from your home?

Whether you need to leave your home quickly due to an approaching fire, or because of rising flood waters, you should be aware of Evacuation Alerts and Orders, what they mean, and how to prepare yourself and your family.

Evacuations can be chaotic, nerve wracking and a time of worry and strain. Fire fighters and other emergency personnel cannot work on the fire or other problems until life and safety issues are under control - that means YOU. Resisting evacuation consumes the rescuers precious time. If you receive an Evacuation Order, you must evacuate immediately. Delay can result in roadways being blocked by smoke, other materials or rescue equipment. In those situations, listen to emergency broadcasts and follow the directions of emergency personnel.

To learn more about what you need to do in the event that you receive an evacuation alert or order visit http://www.sparwood.ca/evacuations or http://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/safety/wildfire-status/what-to-do-if-evacuated-from-your-home on how to be prepared in the event Sparwood is hit with a wildfire.