Emergency Preparedness

Emergency Preparedness


Emergency Management BC is supported by a well practiced and highly regarded structure that involves local communities developing Emergency Plans.  During major incidents or emergencies, these local plans are supported by responders and staff at the local level, supported in turn by the Province through Emergency Management BC. 


However, even the best of plans by your local government can only do so much.  It is up to you, the resident to follow three steps to Emergency Preparedness at home or at work.

  1. Know the Risk
  2. Make a Plan
  3. Get a Kit

There is some great information on Emergency Preparedness available.  It is recommended you start with either the Federal emergency preparedness home page, or the Provincial emergency preparedness home page.  Both sites provide great information on how you can be ready in the case of an emergency.


Canadian Red Cross - www.redcross.ca

Companion Animals - Pets and Livestock - for assisting with planning or evacuating companion animals, please call the Animal Lifeline Emergency Response Team - ALERT - 250 809 7152


If an Evacuation Order is put in place for your location, First Responders, such as Police, Fire, Search and Rescue, or local government staff, will come to your door or property to provide you the Order and information on where to register as an evacuee.




"Groundwater levels are currently higher than normal due to wet conditions experienced in 2017 and 2018, creating an increased potential for flooding during freshet in 2019."  Ecora – Professional Engineers and Environmental Consulting / Dobson Engineering Ltd.

Is Your Property Prone to Flooding?

Due to high groundwater throughout the Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen (RDOS), there is a high probability of flooding from freshet - in areas that are prone to flooding. In some areas such as Sportsmens Bowl Road north of Oliver and other regions within the RDOS, there remains an imminent risk of flooding from rainfall events. Property owners living in areas that flood need to be prepared. Flooding on private property will typically occur as a result of high stream flow, pooling or slow rising water from a body of water.

Important Notes

  • Public sand and sandbag locations will be listed on the RDOS website: http://www.rdos.bc.ca/news-events/eoc/sand-and-sandbag-locations/ 
  • The Town of Oliver and RDOS do not deliver sand or sandbags to private residences or businesses
  • If you require assistance with sandbagging, please connect with your friends, family or volunteers
  • Filled sandbags are not available from the Town of Oliver nor RDOS

For more information about sandbagging, please watch this short video: https://youtu.be/thZwVWyXjMQ

Tips for safety near floodwaters & preparing effective sandbags  https://news.gov.bc.ca/releases/2017TRAN0177-001194   

Please see the following link which is for a “What is ESS” video on the EMBC YouTube page. The video was created following the 2017 flood/wildfire season.

Fire Smart:

FireSmart is a shared responsibility. With a few simple steps you can contribute to increasing your property, neighbourhood and community resiliency to wildfire. For more information, please visit FireSmart BC online: https://firesmartbc.ca/

Fire Smart Community Reports:

The reports provide suggestions to help reduce the risk of wildfire around private property including removing flammable material under decks, clearing away ladder fuels such as cedar hedges, and cleaning debris from gutters. Reports are available for Morningstar Road and Eveningstar Crescent.




Oliver CWPP Final Report