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Enderby prepares in case of disaster

Enderby area residents will have an opportunity to prepare for a disaster.

On Nov. 20, the Enderby Chamber of Commerce will host an emergency support services training day for volunteers from the city and the rural area.

“North Okanagan Emergency Support Services builds teams of volunteers in the area to help out with these situations,” said Helen Sinclair, ESS co-ordinator for  North Okanagan Emergency Management.

Disasters could range from a single-home being evacuated to the large-scale evacuations experienced when Salmon Arm, Falkland and Terrace Mountain were threatened by forest fires.

ESS volunteers set up and operate emergency reception centres to provide shelter, food, comfort, and basic amenities to people whose homes have been lost or made unsafe during an emergency.

“I attended a presentation by North Okanagan Emergency Management and was disturbed to learn that there are only two ESS-trained individuals in Enderby and rural Enderby,” said Tate Bengston, with the Enderby chamber.

“There is an immediate need to increase the number of individuals who have this training.  While I hope that it never happens, if our community should face a crisis, it is important that we have a depth of well-trained individuals to draw upon.”

The training will be held at the Enderby chamber office Nov. 20.  It runs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and a snack, coffee, and lunch will be provided.

Interested volunteers from Enderby and rural Enderby can register by contacting Madison Giesbrecht with the Enderby chamber at 250-838-6727 or info@enderbychamber.com.

Seating is limited and registrations will only be taken until Nov. 15.

 

For more information on ESS training, contact Helen Sinclair at 250-550-7832 or  at HSinclair@vernon.ca.

 

 

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