Local residents reminded to be prepared to evacuate after fire in Fort McMurray

Here is an example of a basic emergency kit put together by the Province of B.C.

FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – With the dangerous situation in Fort McMurray and four evacuation alerts in effect near Fort St. John, residents are being reminded how to prepare for an evacuation.

Residents should prepare to bring the following:

  • Medicines
  • Wallets and purses (yes people do forget these)
  • Food for the pets if not too bulky
  • Important papers such as passports, insurance, inventory of your household goods (everyone should have one of those on paper or electronically). Don’t forget that many files, etc. are stored in the Cloud now so it can be accessed later.- Your papers and these types of documents should already be kept in a house safe of some kind.
  • Key or access code to the house safe
  • Laptop computers, cell phones, and chargers if they contain important files, etc.
  • Jewelry or family items that cannot be replaced. You may be limited for space in your vehicle so keep that in mind.
  • Clothing for a short time. Don’t forget that the province of BC will supply you with vouchers for food and clothing for your family when you check into a reception centre.
  • Extra fuel for your vehicle if available
  • Listen to the radio for instructions or check on-line if possible.
  • Don’t forget that your vehicle is a place where you can charge your electronics and is a source of heat and light.

The District of Taylor will host an emergency preparedness BBQ today to help prepare local residents.

The Taylor Fire Department, RCMP, Taylor ESS and many other local industry partners will be on hand along with activities for kids.  The free BBQ will run from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the District of Taylor Hall.

Here is a video from the Province of B.C. on how to be prepared if you are on an evacuation alert.

You can also visit this website for more information about being prepared for an emergency in B.C.

Evacuation alerts remain in place for residents in the Cecil Lake area, Siphon Creek area, Doig River First Nation area and the Beatton Airport Road area.