News Release No. 26 - Correction                

Date:   Saturday, August 23, 2003       

Time:   6:00 p.m.


PUBLIC INFO LINE:                                          869-0386

PRC RECEPTION CENTRE:                            762-8646

KSS RECEPTION CENTRE:                           762-3149


PROVINCIAL INFO LINE:                                 1-800-311-7044





The Reception Centres in Kelowna will be open 24 hours a day until further notice. Evacuees can register for assistance, and receive food and water. Only one adult per family is needed to register.


A number of other reception centres are also available for people who are now out of town and wish to register as evacuees.


Vernon Recreation Complex

3310 37th Avenue



Merritt Civic Centre

2185 A Voght St. (behind City Hall)



Kamloops Sport Mart Place



Salmon Arm Community Centre

2550 E. Trans Canada Highway



Evacuated residents with last names beginning with the letters A to K should report to the Parkinson Recreation Centre at 1800 Parkinson Way.


Those with last names beginning with the letters L to Z should report to the new Kelowna Secondary School at 1079 Raymer Avenue.


If evacuees havenít already registered at the reception centres, they are requested to do so. Registration is necessary so evacuees can be tracked by friends and family concerned about their whereabouts. If any services such as food, clothing, lodging or medication are required, registration is also necessary. In addition, the Provincial Emergency Program and Emergency Social Services need to keep track of the scope and size of the evacuation to provide for proper Emergency Financial Assistance from the provincial and federal governments.


Community support is most appreciated.

Anyone wishing to donate goods should contact:

        Salvation Army at 1-800-SAL ARMY

Anyone wishing to make a financial donation should contact:

        The Canadian Red Cross at 1-888-350-6070


Anyone wishing to volunteer their time should register at Kelowna Secondary School at 1079 Raymer Avenue.


All other donations should be coordinated through the Emergency Social Services at the Emergency Operation Centre in Kelowna at 250-868-2605.


Evacuation Order: (Out Of Their Homes)

26,000 people

9,000 homes


Evacuation Alert: (Be Ready To Leave)

15,000 residents

6,000 homes

25% of the Cityís population