An evacuation exercise will take place in Squamish next week.

Ten organizations across multiple jurisdictions will join together to host the exercise to practice and validate aspects of the District of Squamish and Squamish Nation’s evacuation plan on October 15th. Organizations include Squamish Fire Rescue, RCMP, Red Cross/Emergency Social Services Teams and Squamish Search & Rescue.

It will involve face-to-face engagement with up to 660 residents in the Brackendale neighbourhood and on the Cheakamus Reserve. It’s also be the first opportunity to test the new community-wide emergency alert system Squamish Alert and Squamish Nation Alert.

Residents won’t actually be evacuated as part of the exercise, but will receive a knock on the door by a uniformed official in Brackendale or a member of the Squamish Nation Safety Team in Cheakamus Reserve encouraging them to prepare for emergencies.

All Squamish and Squamish Nation residents are invited to visit Totem Hall between 11am-1pm on October 15th, which will be set up as a mock Reception Centre for evacuees.

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