Evacuation Planning

In the event of a total or limited evacuation, the District of Elkford follows a pre-set plan. In the event of an evacuation, inforamtion may be provided via various methods of communication that may include:
- Emergency crews going door to door
- Posters and signage and on our District Emergency Broadcast system on FM radio at 91.1 mHz
- The District of Elkford's website at www.elkford.ca
- The District of Elkford's Facebook page: District Elkford

Depending on the emergency and how much time there is to prepare ahead of time, there are many methods of communication by which information may be provided. Typically an evacuation alert will precede the evacuation order, and more information will be provided at that time regarding the situation. The District is divided up into smaller segments for the purposes of planning emergency responses and coordinating evacuations.

Evacuation Procedures:

(if time permits)
- Vacate your home when advised by local emergency authorities. Ignoring a warning could jeopardize the safety of your family or responders.
- Disconnect all appliances except refrigerator and freezer. However, you may be requested to turn off the main electrical switch.
- In winter, set heat thermostat to lowest setting.
- Turn off the gas.
- Make arrangements for pets.
- Secure your outdoor possessions.
- Lock all doors and windows.
- Leave the exterior light on.
- Be sure to leave the EVACUATION sign on your front door knob.
- When you leave, take your emergency supplies kit with you.
- Follow the routes specified by officials. Don’t take shortcuts.
- Register with the Reception Center.
- Handicapped/special needs residents, are encouraged to plan ahead with neighbours or friends for assistance. If help is not available, residents may call their local emergency services for assistance.

Returning Home After an Evacuation:

- Return home only when authorities indicate it is safe.
- If your home has been damaged or destroyed contract your insurance provider.
- Listen to news reports and 91.1 FM to learn whether the community’s water supply is safe to drink.
- Give the electrical system a chance to stabilize before re-connecting appliances.
- First turn the heating system thermostats up, next plug in the fridge and freezer after a few minutes, if they were disconnected. Wait 10 to 15 minutes before re-connecting other appliances.
- Make sure that the hot water heater is filled before turning on the power to it.
- Check food supplies in refrigerators, freezers and cupboards for signs of spoilage. If a freezer door has been kept closed, food should stay frozen 24 to 36 hours depending on temperature.