Penticton ESS to provide support for Apex Village evacuees

News Release

With the declaration of an evacuation order by the Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen for residents of Apex Mountain Village, the City of Penticton’s Emergency Support Services will provide support to those impacted.

“We advise everyone to follow the order and immediately leave the area and to find a safe location,” says Adam Goodwin, the ESS co-ordinator for the City of Penticton. “Staying with family or friends is an option that we would encourage people to use or make other accommodations if you can. This allows us to ensure those with no alternatives are taken care of. No matter which option you choose either come into the ESS or call us. We want to make sure everyone has all the support and information they need and ensure everyone is safe.”

The RDOS issued the order at 8 a.m. this morning and it impacts close to 400 people.

If you require immediate ESS assistance please review the below information:

  • Emergency Support Services is only provided if your primary residence is one of the properties under evacuation order.
  • If you require Emergency Support Services (ESS), please register at https://ess.gov.bc.ca/ or by calling 1-800-585-9559.
  • The Penticton Reception center is located at Princess Margaret Secondary at 120 Green Avenue.

“Our job is to make sure everyone of our neighbours are safe and that they have what they need to get through this stressful time,” says Goodwin. “As a community, we’ll all do what we can to help and we’re extremely grateful to community members who are opening up their homes. We don’t anticipate any major problems with accommodation or undue stress on local room capacity.”

Those wishing to support the evacuees financially are encourage to either make a donation to the Red Cross or drop off gift cards at City Hall during regular hours.

The RDOS evacuation order can be found at https://www.rdos.bc.ca/assets/Uploads/20220801-EvacOrder-ApexMountainVillage.pdf  

 

 

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Contacts:

Shane Mills
Senior Communications Officer
City of Penticton
250-487-8216

Adam Goodwin
Emergency Support Services Co-ordinator
City of Penticton
250-328-8872