The Resort Municipality of Whistler’s (RMOW) Emergency Planning Committee met this week to review a Multimodal Evacuation Plan co-authored by the RMOW and District of Squamish.
The Multimodal Evacuation Plan will be presented to Whistler’s Mayor and Council at the regular meeting of Council at 5:30 p.m. on May 14, 2019. The full plan and report will be available online on May 11 as part of the Council Meeting package at whistler.ca/councilmeetings.
The plan outlines how emergency officials will orderly evacuate the entire population of Whistler if an evacuation order was required. It includes neighbourhood evacuation zones, central muster points for those without their own transportation and estimated evacuation times based on various emergency planning scenarios.
Wildfires pose a significant threat to Whistler. In recent years, thousands of British Columbians have been evacuated from their homes as wildfires have threatened communities and destroyed homes. As warmer, drier months approach, the RMOW is asking residents to take steps to prepare for an emergency evacuation.
“A significant amount of work has gone into creating a community evacuation plan that will ensure every last person would be safely evacuated from Whistler if an emergency warranted,” said Whistler Mayor Jack Crompton. “As we approach the warmer, drier months, the Resort Municipality of Whistler is encouraging all residents to prepare their own personal evacuation plan which includes knowing where to get information during an emergency and preparing a box or bag that is ready to go with important documents, medications and other important items. We also strongly encourage homeowners and stratas to take steps to FireSmart their properties.”
Information about preparing a personal evacuation plan and links to FireSmart information can be found at whistler.ca/evacuate. Knowing where to get accurate and timely information during and emergency is also important, and residents are encouraged to follow the RMOW’s social media channels @rmwhistler (Twitter) and @rmowhistler (Facebook). The website whistler.ca will have accurate and up-to-date information during an emergency.
Additional emergency preparedness information can be found at whistler.ca/emergency.