Do you live on one of the LNIB Reserves? We would appreciate you completing the attached form so that we can better respond to you in case of emergency. Please note that only one person in the residence needs to fill in the form. Click here to complete the form: Emergency Preparedness Survey Form
We don't get advance notice of emergencies, so it's best to prepare in advance. The Lower Nicola Indian Band has an Emergency Operations Plan and strives to exercise it regularly. In the case of a community wide emergency, Chief and Council might declare a state of emergency and the Band's Emergency Operations Center would be activated. The EOC is housed in a location separate from normal operations and staff are called in to fill the positions of Director, Operations, Logistics, Risk Management, Planning, Liaison and Communications. These staff work to support responders at the scene and work with all involved agencies - RCMP, Health, Red Cross, ambulance, fire, forestry and so forth as each emergency dictates.
We urge LNIB community members to be prepared for any type of emergency. In some cases, you will be directed to "shelter in place" which means that you have to be able to look after yourself and your family for up to 72 hours without outside assistance. Create a Household Emergency Plan
In some cases, you may be evacuated - possibly without notice. An emergency preparedness kit will help you in both situations and you should have it ready at all times, and check the supplies in it twice a year.
You may have some of the items already, such as food, water and a battery operated or wind-up flashlight. The key is to make sure they are organized and easy to find. Would you be able to find your flashlight in the dark? Make sure your kit is easy to carry and everyone in the household knows where it is. Keep it in a backpack, duffle bag or suitcase with wheels, in an easy-to-reach, accessible place, such as your front-hall closet. If you have many people in your household, your emergency kit could get heavy.
It's a good idea to separate some of these supplies in backpacks. That way, your kit will be more portable and each person can personalize his or her own grab-and-go emergency kit.
Make sure your home is Wildfire Smart:
The Provincial Emergency Preparedness website has a lot of good information and downloadable pamphlets: Preparedness BC