Wildfire Update – September 2nd, 2021
Mt Hayes 61.5 hectare wildfire is considered under control by BC Wildfire Services.
Ground firefighter crews are making good progress tackling hot spots.
Photo courtesy BC Wildfire Services
Please follow the link below for more information on this ongoing event, and check the CVRD website or Facebook https://www.facebook.com/mycvrd page for further updates.
Also Recommended is “Alertable Communication App
Alertable is a multi-purpose communication service used to send alerts to residents, businesses, and visitors during critical events like fires or floods as well as for relevant day-to-day communications, such as water advisories. That way, you stay aware, plan ahead and save time. Keep yourself and others informed and up-to-date with Alertable.
Please click on this link to register for “Alertable Emergency APP” Click here to access Alertable for the Cowichan Valley
So I’m now on Alertable, what do I need to know?
When you receive an alert from the system:
Stop. Take a look or listen to your device.
Breathe. There is no need to panic, even if you are being put on evacuation order. It is important to remain calm so you can understand the instructions.
Read. Please read the entire alert. Often the area notified by the Alertable system will be larger than the actual alert area. There may be links to more specific maps and information as part of the Alertable notification. You may need to click the down-arrow to see all of the text included with the notification.
What You Can Expect from Alertable
Personalized Communications: Critical information such as the type and location of an emergency incident, evacuation alerts or orders, and instructions from emergency officials are provided for the locations you have specified.
Follow Multiple Locations: You can choose notifications for more than one location such as home, office, cabin, family and friends and more. Any event or communication related to your specified locations will be forwarded to you using your preferred communication channel.
Customized Notifications: Alertable’s capabilities ensure that you will only get notified when a communication is relevant to you or one of the locations you have specified. You can personalize notifications by type and severity. Receive alerts over a wide variety of communication channels including mobile apps, text/SMS alerting, email or voice calling. Choose any combination that’s right for you. Find out more from Alertable’s FAQs.
Opt in or out: Both mobile applications and web-based accounts provide access to an unsubscribe feature. While subscribed, all critical-level alerts will be issued for the areas you have specified. You can customize advisory-level alerts to suit your needs.
With over 280 wildfires currently burning in BC its important to perform pre-evacuation preparations. The following are some tips on how to get ready:
INSIDE THE HOUSE
- Have your emergency bag ready to go
- People and pets
- Papers, phone numbers, and important documents, Insurance
- Prescriptions, vitamins, and eyeglasses
- Pictures and irreplaceable memorabilia
- Personal computer hard drive and disks
- “Plastic” (credit cards, ATM cards) and cash
- Ensure a Wildfire Action Plan is prepared ahead of time
- Make sure you know your community’s emergency response plan and have a plan on where to go when it is time to evacuate, and best routes for leaving your location.
- Shut all windows and doors, leaving them unlocked.
- Remove flammable window shades, curtains and close metal shutters.
- Remove lightweight curtains.
- Move flammable furniture to the center of the room, away from windows and doors.
- Shut off gas at the meter; turn off pilot lights.
- Leave your lights on so firefighters can see your house under smoky conditions.
- Shut off the air conditioning.
OUTSIDE THE HOUSE
- Gather up flammable items from the exterior of the house and bring them inside (patio furniture, children’s toys, door mats, trash cans, etc.) or place them in your pool.
- Turn off propane tanks.
- Move propane BBQ appliances away from structures.
- Connect garden hoses to outside water valves or spigots for use by firefighters. Fill water buckets and place them around the house.
- Don’t leave sprinklers on or water running, they can affect critical water pressure.
- Leave exterior lights on so your home is visible to firefighters in the smoke or darkness of night.
- Put your Emergency Supply Kit in your vehicle.
- Back your car into the driveway with vehicle loaded and all doors and windows closed. Carry your car keys with you.
- Have a ladder available and place it at the corner of the house for firefighters to quickly access your roof.
- Seal attic and ground vents with pre-cut plywood or commercial seals.
- Patrol your property and monitor the fire situation. Don’t wait for an evacuation order if you feel threatened.
- Check on neighbors and make sure they are preparing to leave.
- Locate your pets and keep them nearby.
- Prepare farm animals for transport and think about moving them to a safe location.
Keep safe, Be ready.
Saltair District Ratepayers Association
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