Communities prepare for competition

Two North Okanagan neighbours are competing to see who is best prepped.

In celebration of Emergency Preparedness Week, May 7 to 13, Enderby and Area F have initiated some friendly competition to see which community is best prepared.

Each year, North Okanagan Emergency Management (NOEM) recognizes Emergency Preparedness Week. This year, the program has partnered with Mayor Howie Cyr and the City of Enderby, as well as the Regional District of the North Okanagan Area F Director, Jackie Pearase, to present a ‘Personal Preparedness Per Capita’ contest.

“In previous years we’ve coordinated shows and exercises to show residents what our program does and also to highlight the work of many emergency response agencies,” said Helen Sinclair, Deputy Emergency Management/ESS Coordinator for NOEM.

“This year, we’re giving people the chance to show us what they’ve done in terms of their own preparedness. To add a bit of fun, we’re looking to see which area is the ‘best prepared per capita’, Enderby or Area F.”

North Okanagan Emergency Support Services volunteers have put together information/preparedness packages that will be available to the public during Emergency Preparedness Week, May 7-13. These will be available from the Enderby and District Chamber of Commerce, the City of Enderby, Ashton Creek General Store, the Mayberry Country Store, Mabel Lake Store, and the Mara Food Liner. These packages will assist each resident and household in these areas to better prepare their homes, properties, animals and of course to prepare their personal Grab and Go kits.

“When a residence has completed at least one aspect of Emergency Preparedness, either Fire Smarting their property, preparing a personal Grab n’ Go kit or pet kit, etc., they can enter their completed contest entry form into the draw box at the original pick up point, for a chance to win a very nice ‘preparedness’ prize,” said Sinclair.

To add a bit of fun to the contest, Cyr and Pearase have agreed to enter in to a friendly contest of their own, and the losing area representative will have to do something for the winner. Both Cyr and Pearase are encouraging everyone in the respective areas to actively participate in this contest.

More details can be found on Facebook at North Okanagan Emergency Management, and also in the local media as May 7 draws closer.

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