A new year, and a new look for the Shuswap Emergency Program.
The Shuswap Emergency Program's Executive Committee voted Tuesday to adopt a new logo for the program.
The logo provides the program with a more modern, streamlined look that is also more suitable to today's digital formats.
The logo focuses on the geography of the region with mountains, lakes, rivers, green valleys and farmland. The three peaks are intended to represent the three Shuswap Emergency Program partners: the Columbia Shuswap Regional District (CSRD), the City of Salmon Arm and the District of Sicamous.
The Shuswap Emergency Program (SEP) was formed in 1999 with the amalgamation of three local authorities: the CSRD's Electoral Areas C, D, E and F, the City of Salmon Arm and the District of Sicamous. SEP provides emergency planning, mitigation, response, preparedness and recovery for the geographical area which encompasses the Shuswap region.
The Shuswap Emergency Program covers approximately 6,500 square kilometres with an estimated permanent population of 35,000 residents, which routinely swells to over 100,000 during the summer tourist and cottage season.
SEP is a well established, active program of volunteers and local authority staff who are all trained in emergency management.
During a disaster, Shuswap Emergency Program can:
- Provide personal disaster assistance through Emergency Support Services;
- Provide aid to emergency agencies
- Declare State of Local Emergency;
- Coordinate provincial funding for response costs;
- Provide community awareness information;
- Assist RCMP with planning evacuations;
- Provide media relations;
- Assist farms with livestock evacuations;
- Provide sandbags;
- Provide Structure Protection Unit during a fire threat;
- Support Neighbourhood Emergency Programs.
The Shuswap Emergency Program is actively supporting Neighbourhood Emergency Programs (NEP) in our area. Neighbours helping neighbours is the principle behind the program.
NEPs help neighbourhoods identify the skills and resources that would be useful in a disaster, and teaches them how to respond safely and effectively in organized teams. The goal is to prepare neighbourhoods to be self-sufficient for at least 72 hours after a disaster.
A neighbourhood can be a group of homes, an apartment or townhouse complex, a school or daycare, a business, or any other place where the same individuals regularly gather.
To find out more about the Shuswap Emergency Program, to volunteer or to learn how to start a NEP group in your neighbourhood, contact 250.833.5927 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.