Part of being prepared is knowing what happens during an evacuation. Here are the stages of an evacuation:
Evacuation Alerts are issued to advise everyone of the potential for loss of life from a hazard and they should be prepared to evacuate. Residents in the affected area will be alerted as far in advance as possible. If possible, the alert will be delivered door-to-door by either first responders and/or FVRD staff. If you have received an Evacuation Alert you should prepare to leave quickly from the area if required.
An Evacuation Order will only be issued by authorities if there is imminent potential for loss of life or injury. First responders and/or FVRD staff may let people know by going door-to-door or by calling residents. The Order will give clear and precise instructions on how the evacuation will proceed. Evacuation routes will be provided by the emergency responders.
Rescind (All Clear)
When the emergency situation is under control and the hazard/emergency zone is declared safe, a Rescind will be issued and you will be allowed back to your home.
In the event of an emergency, reception centres may be set up for evacuees. The nature of the emergency and the evacuation measures will determine how many reception centres will be opened and where they will be located.
Shelter in Place
Occasionally an evacuation may cause more danger to residents than staying in place. In these cases, such as the sudden release of hazardous gas, sudden storms, earthquakes, or impending terrorist attack, residents may need to shelter in place.