Williams Lake, B.C. – The evacuation alert for the City of Williams Lake and surrounding areas remains in place and residents are encouraged to remain prepared. The City of Williams Lake, Cariboo Regional District (CRD) and Cariboo Fire Centre are closely monitoring the situation in the area.
As there is still potential for a wind event over the weekend, we encourage residents on evacuation alert to be prepared.
It is important to understand the evacuation plan for the area in the event that the alert was to change to an order. If the CRD and City of Williams Lake were to issue an evacuation order, it would contain instructions regarding evacuation routes as well as the location of the Emergency Social Services Reception Centre.
For City of Williams Lake residents who are not able to self-evacuate, the City would activate 12 zones each with its own muster point. Buses would wait at these muster points for as long as possible before transporting people out of the evacuation area. If an order was issued, residents would need to make their way as quickly as possible to a muster point in order to secure a place on a bus before it departs.
City residents who are unable to make their way to a muster point must call the City’s Emergency Operations Centre (EOC) immediately for assistance. The numbers are 250-392-2364 and 250-392-2365. If you do not self-identify, the City has no way to know that you require assistance.
Evacuation Muster Zone Maps and other emergency information is available on the City website at williamslake.ca/253/Evacuation-Map or may be picked up in-person at the City’s EOC located at the main Fire Hall in Williams Lake on South Lakeside Drive.
For Cariboo Regional District residents in the areas surrounding Williams Lake who are unable to self-evacuate, please make alternative transportation arrangements immediately.
Updates about the evacuation alert for the City of Williams Lake and surrounding areas will only be sent if there is a significant change in the situation. You are encouraged to monitor local radio stations as well as the CRD and City of Williams Lake channels.
All CRD residents are encouraged to register for the Cariboo Chilcotin Emergency Notification System to receive a text or call regarding Evacuation Alerts and Orders: member.everbridge.net/index/453003085612292#/signup
Evacuation Alert Information
How can I prepare?
If you have to evacuate, please remember to register with the local emergency reception centre so you can be contacted or reunited with your family and loved ones. Also, be sure to:
A “Time to Leave” evacuation checklist is available at http://bit.ly/2tVk3nW
Cariboo Regional District, Emergency Operations Centre
Emily Epp, Manager of Communications
City of Williams Lake, Emergency Operations Centre
Geoff Paynton, Acting Information Officer
Page last modified: October 30, 2018 09:50:58 PDT