By Steve Hubrecht
The District of Invermere may soon have its own evacuation plan.
Invermere is already part of a larger umbrella emergency preparedness plan through the Regional District of East Kootenay (RDEK). Still, at the Tuesday, Oct. 27 Invermere council meeting, council gave the go-ahead to district staff to apply for a $25,000 grant from the provincial Community Emergency Preparedness Fund (CEPF) to create a refined evacuation plan specific to Invermere.
The evacuation plan will include sections on hazard and risk vulnerability assessments, evacuation route planning and mapping, evacuation traffic management plans, evacuation communications plans for the public and for relevant agencies, support for the development of a regional emergency support services plan, and public education around evacuation.
Invermere acting chief administrative officer Kindry Luyendyk outlined that the new plan would be completely funded by the grant and that Invermere fire chief Jason Roe will work with a consultant to help guide the plan development.