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Vancouver/Canadian-Media: British Columbians in wildfire-affected communities are being asked by Emergency Management BC to plan their accommodations, in the event of an evacuation order, in advance to facilitate capacity for evacuees who need hotel rooms said a news release today.
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f possible, the best option would be to arrange to stay with family or friends, so commercial accommodations have capacity for evacuees who have no other option.
Your private home insurance should be accessed whenever possible to cover additional costs incurred while on mandatory evacuation. Make sure to confirm your coverage with your insurance provider, and notify your insurance provider of the evacuation order. If other supports are unavailable, check with Emergency Support Services (ESS).
Those under an evacuation order, can either self-register with ESS online: https://ess.gov.bc.ca or go the reception center designated by your local government or First Nation to register in-person. By registering, your community will know where you are, and loved ones can find out if you are safe.
In many communities, accommodations are reaching capacity. By returning home, people can help host-community ESS create capacity for people who have been evacuated from their homes due to a direct wildfire threat.
Those not on evacuation order and worried about smoke issues in your area, should stay indoors and keep the air clean, reduce the amount of time spent outdoors, avoid vigorous outdoor activities, when in a vehicle, keep windows closed with air conditioning set to recirculate, visit places with controlled air supply, such as shopping malls, swimming pools, public libraries, etc. and people with asthma or other chronic illnesses should ensure they have an adequate supply of inhalers/medication, and should activate their asthma or personal protection plans.