On Friday, Premier David Eby and Hon. Bowinn Ma, Minister of Emergency Management and Climate Readiness, declared a Provincial State of Emergency in response to the ongoing wildfire situation in Kelowna and West Kelowna. As part of evacuation efforts, over 900 seniors care residents were evacuated from the region over the weekend.
BCCPA/EngAge BC members can access a new bulletin board on Member 365, which allows members to exchange information from those with staff willing to be deployed and those needing staff. The BC College of Nurses and Midwives is also coordinating approvals for out of province nurses.
BCCPA and EngAge BC would like to thank our Interior members for their tremendous efforts supporting residents and families through this crisis. We would also like to thank all health care workers, first responders, firefighters and everyone helping in response and evacuation efforts.
As more wildfire evacuations in Interior Health region take place, families of long-term care residents are encouraged to call 1-833-469-9800 Monday to Friday 7AM – 7PM, Saturday and Sunday 8AM – 8PM for inquiries.