Some Predator Ridge residents are looking for official recognition as a sub-committee of Vernon’s Emergency Management Organization.
Randall Scott from the Predator Ridge Community Emergency Management Committee told Vernon council, it would make them directly accountable to the city.
“We would report directly to Vernon’s Director of Emergency management and accept direction and guidance accordingly. This could be reviewed on an annual basis. What we’re asking of you today does not have to be permanent. Give us a chance. Let us try and see how it works.”
Scott says it’s about credibility, as they currently don’t have a direct mandate from the city.
“When any of our volunteers knock on somebody’s door or goes on their property, we want to be able to identify who we are, what our purpose is, and under whose authority we are volunteering”
Scott says the citizens conduct an annual hazard and risk assessment, and have produced two editions of a residents’ emergency handbook.
Brad Pelltier, senior vice president of Okanagan Wesbild, which owns Predator Ridge, says the resort’s remote location is risky when dealing with emergencies.
He says having a local committee is an invaluable resource to help residents prepare for such events.
“They have achieved significant results in many areas pertaining to emergency management (a Predator Ridge Community Emergency Management Plan, a Resident Emergency Handbook, recognition as a FireSmart Community in 2016, full Block Watch participation, and first aid training),” writes Pelltier in a letter to the city. “They have been self-funded, and have received excellent support from Vernon Fire Services, BC Wildfire Management, and the Vernon Block Watch organization.”
Council will discuss the request at an upcoming meeting.