With summer on its way, the dangers it brings are close behind.

The Emergency Support Services were on scene at the Oliver Fire Department’s Emergency Preparedness Day, giving tips and handouts on how to build a go-bag for emergencies.

For your go-bag, it is important to have one both at your home, and in your vehichle in case it is not possible to return to your home after an evacuation has been ordered.

*Food that is ready to eat, canned food and a can opener.

* Water, at least three days worth.

* Extra medication for any prescription you are on, as well as common ones such as aspirin.

* Seasonal clothing, that should be checked to make sure they are comfortable.

* A small first-aid kit,

* Extra contacts or a pair of back-up glasses

* Copies of your insurance, your care card, and your passport

* A multi-purpose knife

* A whistle

* A flashlight, AM/FM radio, and extra batteries for both.

A go-bag should be prepared for each member of the family, with supplies for each of them to last at least three days. Additionally, if you have a pet, you can prepare a bag for them, and carry a photo with you to provide to the Animal Lifeline Emergency Response Team to help them find your pet if you lose them during the emergency.

Make sure you are prepared, so that when a disaster strikes, you can stay safe. To learn more about what you can do to be ready for an emergency , you can go to, or follow @Get_Prepared on Twitter. You can also check out the British Columbia Provincial Emergency Program at

To report a typo, email:


Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Just Posted

WildsafeBC comes to the Okanagan to reduce wildlife conflict

Bear activity on the Westside has been an issue in the past few weeks

93rd Okanagan music festival wraps up with gala celebration

The 2019 Penticton Kiwanis Music Festival finish with gala celebration and awards evening

Column: A solar pioneer in the Okanagan rides among us

This Summerland octogenarian has been producing his own electrical energy for more than 20 years

Woman in hospital after being thrown off horse

She was airlifted to Kelowna General Hospital from Okanagan Falls

Okanagan-Shuswap weather: cloudy

Environment Canada is calling for a similar day tomorrow.

More available child care spaces coming to the Okanagan

B.C. government invests $250,000 into building a child care facility in West Kelowna

Pesticide use in Okanagan park prompts warning

Civilian goes out of his way to post caution signs

BC Wildfire Service to send 267 firefighters to Alberta

Sufficient personnel, resources remain in B.C. to respond to any fire activity

Car crashes into semi-truck in West Kelowna

Highway 97 heading northbound by Boucherie Rd. closed

LETTER: Fletcher ‘blurs reality’ on B.C. union public construction

Bridge, highway projects awarded to companies, not unions

Killer of Calgary mother, daughter gets no parole for 50 years

A jury found Edward Downey guilty last year in the deaths of Sara Baillie, 34, and five-year-old Taliyah Marsman

Reminder: recycle your plant pots

Plastic flowerpots and plant trays can all be recycled

South Okanagan cannabis dispensary operator that was raided is going to trial

Store operator is facing one charge of possession for the purpose of trafficking

Federal government funds millions to help B.C. police spot drugged driving

Many police departments have expressed wariness about using the only government-approved roadside test

Most Read