2017 taught the Regional Ditrict of East Kootenay some lessons about its Emergency Operations Centre (EOC).
The RDEK is applying to the BC Government for $25,000 to help with upgrades at the centre.The Regional District usually activates the EOC one or twice a year with approximately two people staffing it.
“So it was a really large activation. We really tested all of our systems, we tested all of our spaces,” he explains. “So it’s when you test it like that, really hard, that you can really see if there’s anywhere you can really approve upon.”
The RDEK Wildfire Season 2017 After Action Report and Improvement Plan identified a few areas within the Regional EOC that staff feel need improvements to better serve them and community members.
“New ways to share information, display information,” Brown says.
The EOC was activated two other times in 2017, during the spring flooding and the Fernie arena tragedy in October.
The Regional District wants to upgrade computers as well as conference call equipment.
Staff also faced issues such as the mapping department being forced to use off-site equipment to prepare for potential evacuations.
The provincial funding would also be used to renovate the EOC workspace.
– RDEK Building and Protective Services Manager Sandford Brown