Community Awareness for Wildfire Preparedness
Gitsegukla is nestled in Kitimat-Stikine B as shown below, and a Fire of Note has been detected across the Skeena near our home. As we know right now, there is no cause for evacuation concerns as there are no alerts from Emergency Management BC. The Tech Coordinator has put together this contact information blog post out of concern for our Community Preparedness. It will be updated as more announcements come in, so please bookmark this page to keep all information in one place.
July 14, 2023: A Statement made by Gitsegukla Band Council will be made into a downloadable PDF at the bottom.
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Included in this post:
- Fire of Note – R41397
- Northwest Fire Centre – Official Resource Links
- Additional Resources
- Public Facebook Post to Share
What We Know as of: July 12, 2023 10:40 PM
- Detected: July 12, 2023 @ 12:40 PM (1km North of Gitsegukla near Carnaby)
- Stage of Control: Out of Control (but rather small at 0.009 Hectares)
- Suspected Cause: Lightning / Natural
- Evacuation Orders and Alerts: There are no current evacuation orders or alerts associated with this incident
Official Resource Links for British Columbia
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Northwest Fire Centre – Contact Information
Follow BC Wildfire Service on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BCForestFireInfo/
- PreparedBC: https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/safety/emergency-management/preparedbc
- Current Evacuation Orders in place, Provincial Updates will be seen here
- EmergencyInfoBC: https://www.emergencyinfobc.gov.bc.ca/
- BC Wildfire Service: https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/safety/wildfire-status
- Current Fire Bans: https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/safety/wildfire-status/prevention/fire-bans-and-restrictions
- BC Wildfire Mobile App Download: Appstore / Google Play
- Air Quality Advisories: https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/environment/air-land-water/air/air-quality/air-advisories
- FireSmoke Canada: https://firesmoke.ca/
- DriveBC: https://www.drivebc.ca/#listView&xtg=Events%20Badge
- FortisBC: https://www.fortisbc.com/safety-outages/preparing-for-emergencies
- BC Hydro: https://www.bchydro.com/safety-outages.html
- BC Centre for Disease Control: http://www.bccdc.ca/health-info/prevention-public-health/wildfire-smoke
- HealthLinkBC: https://www.healthlinkbc.ca/more/health-features/wildfires-and-your-health
- Canadian Mental Health Association- BC Division: https://cmha.bc.ca/
- Office of the Fire Commissioner: www.gov.bc.ca/firesafety
- Insurance Bureau of Canada: https://www.ibc.ca/stay-protected/severe-weather-centre/2023-wildfire-season
- First Nations Health Authority: https://www.fnha.ca/what-we-do/environmental-health/wildfire-information
- First Nations’ Emergency Service Society: https://www.fness.bc.ca/
Prepare a Grab & Go Bag – Remember to periodically check and update the contents of your grab-and-go bag to ensure everything is in working order, medications are not expired, and supplies are well-stocked.
Simple Checklist for a Grab-and-Go Bag: Full Guide Here
Each house member should have a “grab-and-go”, including your pets!
- Food & Water – Pack non-perishable, easy-to-store food items that can last for 48 hours, such as energy bars, canned goods, and individually packaged snacks. Also, include enough water for each person and pet.
- Pen & Notepad – Bring a pen and notepad to jot down important information like emergency contact numbers, addresses, and any essential details you need to remember.
- Phone Charger & Battery Bank – Include a charger compatible with your phone and a portable battery bank. No Power bank? Charge old laptops and phones beforehand, and keep them off. Your USB will make sure you can use spare electronics for charging.
- Personal Toiletries – Prescription medications, dental basics (toothbrush, toothpaste), and hygiene products (soap, hand sanitizer, menstrual products). Tailor the contents based on the specific needs of each household member.
- Seasonal Clothing – Include a change of clothes appropriate for the current season, along with extra shoes and rain-proof clothing. This ensures you have suitable attire for different weather conditions.
- Flashlight – Bring a flashlight with extra batteries or a rechargeable one to provide light during power outages or low visibility situations.
- Radio – Pack a battery-powered or hand-crank radio to stay informed about emergency broadcasts, news updates, and instructions from authorities.
- First Aid Kit – Include a basic first aid kit with essential supplies like band-aids, antiseptic wipes, gauze, adhesive tape, pain relievers, and any necessary prescription medications. Regularly check and replenish the supplies as needed.
- Batteries – Pack spare batteries for your flashlight, radio, and other battery-powered devices. Tip: Write all sizes needed in Notepad, that way you can replace as needed!
- Emergency Plan – Keep a copy of your household emergency plan in the bag, including important information such as meeting points, emergency contacts, evacuation routes, and any specific instructions tailored to your family’s needs.
Start Your Emergency Kit
What to pack in your Grab-And-Go Bag
What’s the difference between an Emergency Kit vs. Grab-and-Go Bag?
Links to Community Facebook Groups
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