For evacuees: even if you are staying with friends or family, it is important that you register with the Red Cross: 1-800-863-6582.
For information on evacuation orders and alerts, visit Emergency Info BC (www.emergencyinfobc.gov.bc.ca) and BC Fire Info (http://bcfireinfo.for.gov.bc.ca/hprScripts/WildfireNews/OneFire.asp)
Keep up-to-date on the provincial wildfire situation: www.bcwildfire.ca
Emergency Operations Centre for the Cariboo Regional District: http://www.cariboord.ca/services/emergency-and-protective-services/emergency-operations-centre-eoc
Emergency notices from the Thompson-Nicola Regional District: www.tnrd.ca
For information relating to affected areas: https://catalogue.data.gov.bc.ca/dataset/fire-perimeters-current
If you are in need of assistance, please contact the Canadian Red Cross at 1-800-863-6582 or online: http://www.redcross.ca/how-we-help/current-emergency-responses#_blank
List of park closures due to wildfires: http://www.env.gov.bc.ca/bcparks/
Here are some useful numbers:
Donations to the Red Cross’ BC Fires Appeal can be made here: donate.redcross.ca.
Two Facebook pages have been created to connect evacuees to housing, services and supplies.
Air Canada is waiving the change fee for flights to/from/via affected areas for travel between now and July 22. Please contact Air Canada Reservations (1-888-247-2262) for more details and assistance. If you do not have a ticket and are seeking to fly from Kamloops, Kelowna, Penticton, Prince George and Williams Lake as a result of the state of emergency, Air Canada is providing an additional 25% discount from these communities to help facilitate travel to any destination in North America. Customers can book on aircanada.com using the promotion code A3VRZAR1, or can call Air Canada Reservations (1-888-247-2262) for further assistance. West Jet is offering a 50% discount on flights booked by July 19, for travel up to July 25 from Prince George to other Canadian locations. Use discount code WBYFWWN.
The Insurance Bureau of Canada, at the request of the Thompson-Nicola Regional District, has resources and assistance available at two evacuation centres in Kamloops: the McArthur Island Sports Lounge, 1655 Island Parkway & Thompson Rivers U, 900 McGill Road (park in Lot S). They are inviting those with questions to speak with them there, or call 1-844-227-5422. The Bureau assured us that, “Damage to your home as a result of wildfire is covered under a typical home insurance policy” and that “Most home and tenant insurance policies include additional living expense to cover the cost of alternate accommodation and living expenses if you are prohibited from returning to your home.” Always keep receipts to assist in the claims process.
My constituency office in Kamloops is open from 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM, Monday – Friday to assist with any matters related to the federal government, including replacing lost I.D. (Status Card, Passport, etc.) Please call us at 250-851-4991, or toll-free 1-877-619-3332. The office is located at 6 – 275 Seymour Street.