Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen issues survey on wildfire response

The Nk’Mip fire exploded within hours, causing the Nk’Mip RV campground and other Osoyoos accommodations to evacuate in the middle of the night. (Rod Steck photo)The Nk’Mip fire exploded within hours, causing the Nk’Mip RV campground and other Osoyoos accommodations to evacuate in the middle of the night. (Rod Steck photo)
The Nk’Mip fire has jumped containment lines and climbing up Mount Baldy Sunday during 60 km/h winds. (BC Wildfire)The Nk’Mip fire has jumped containment lines and climbing up Mount Baldy Sunday during 60 km/h winds. (BC Wildfire)

This was one of the worst wildfire seasons in the Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen (RDOS), where hundreds were evacuated from their homes and thousands of others remained on evacuation alert for weeks. The RDOS Emergency Operations Centre (EOC) wants to hear from evacuees and the public on how they did during the 2021 wildfire season.

The RDOS EOC is asking the public to fill out a survey regarding the district’s response to this summer’s wildfire season. The Public and Evacuee Survey is open until Friday, Oct. 29.

Evacuation orders and alerts displaced more than 1,000 properties across the Regional District.

The EOC staff, along with BC Wildfire held several public meetings via YouTube to update citizens on the many fires in the district, mainly the Thomas Creek and Nk’Mip wildfires that burned for over a month in South Okanagan.

As part of its commitment to continual improvement, the RDOS EOC is conducting this After Action Review (AAR).

They do a review after each wildfire season.

The AAR serves as a debrief to analyze what happened, why it happened and where improvements can be made. Information gathered from the survey will assist with making recommendations to enhance operations and emergency response capacity, and complete a master plan to address issues that arose during response. Results from the survey will be shared with the RDOS board of directors.

The estimated time to complete the survey is 10 to 15 minutes. Your anonymity will be protected.

If you have questions about the survey or AAR process, please contact RDOS Emergency Program Coordinator Anne Benn at annebenn@rdos.bc.ca.

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