The Evacuation Order, pursuant to the Emergency Program Act issued on August 30, 2023, at 10:15 Hours for 14 properties in the Unincorporated area known as Sorrento has been downgraded to an Evacuation Alert.
A wildfire burning in the Columbia Shuswap Regional District (CSRD) continues to pose a potential risk to these properties in Sorrento. The Evacuation Alert remains in effect until further notice.
Residents of these properties may go home at this time.
Property owners must be prepared to evacuate again on short notice if required. You may encounter a number of hazards on your property related to the wildfire event. Please refer to:
Provincial Disaster Recovery Resources
Please consult the comprehensive evacuation map online to determine if your property falls under this ALERT.
Shuswap Emergency Program Emergency Information Map
An Evacuation Order may need to be reissued; however, if that is deemed necessary, the Evacuation Order process will re-commence.
WHAT YOU SHOULD YOU DO WHEN AN ALERT IS IN EFFECT
Upon notification of an ALERT:
- Locate your grab-and-go bags for you and your family. Gather essential items such as medications, eyeglasses, valuable papers, immediate care needs for dependents. Replenish any items that have expired or need replacement, ensure you and your family members have enough clothing and incidentals for a 72-hour period and have these items readily available for quick departure. See www.preparedbc.ca for details.
- Assist your local Emergency Support Services Team by self-registering now on the Evacuee Registration and Assistance website at www.ess.gov.bc.ca. This streamlines the registration process in an Evacuation Order.
- Contact family members, advise them of the situation and determine a meeting location outside of the evacuation area where you can safely reconnect should the area be evacuated.
- Accommodation in the area can be limited. Make arrangements to stay with family or friends, if possible.
- Take care of your pets or any other animals by moving them to a safe location. Make plans for their care if you will not be at home.
- Arrange transportation for all household members. Prepare to move any disabled persons and/or children.
- Regularly monitor the Shuswap Emergency Program’s (SEP) webpage at www.shuswapemergency.ca, Shuswap Emergency Program on Facebook and Twitter, the CSRD's Facebook, Twitter platforms or local news sources for up-to-date and accurate information. Or sign up for Alertable, our emergency mass notification system, at www.csrd.bc.ca/alertable
For more information contact:
CSRD Emergency Operations Centre