Families invited to prepare for emergency

It’s a fantastic opportunity to meet the people behind the scenes of an emergency.

It’s a fantastic opportunity to meet the people behind the scenes of an emergency.

So says Helen Sinclair, deputy co-ordinator for the City of Vernon’s North Okanagan Emergency Management of a special open house being held in the spring.

“The emergency management team and emergency support services are jointly presenting an emergency awareness day on Saturday, May 7, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Vernon Regional Airport,” said Sinclair.

“We’re inviting everyone in the region to mark this date on their calendar. Come out and meet the agencies and the people behind the scenes. Some agencies are clearly visible during an emergency, others are not.”

Sinclair explained that North Okanagan Emergency Management focuses on all aspects of emergencies within the area. And to do that, emergency management has to liaise with a number of different groups and agencies.

“By doing that, we’re ensuring quality service for our citizens during emergencies,” said Sinclair.

The groups and agencies participating in the emergency awareness day have yet to be finalized, and while Sinclair expects a great number to take part, the day is also about families being ready in the event of an emergency.

“The day is about your family, your preparedness,” she said.

People can follow North Okanagan Emergency Management on Facebook for personal preparedness tips and updates on the emergency awareness day.