How To Prepare for Wildfire in College Region

Take Steps To Know How to Act in Emergency


The wildfire situation in British Columbia is posing a serious threat to many communities across the province. Our hearts go out to those who have suffered loss and challenges from this destructive natural disaster. Our deepest appreciation for the crews battling the flames and all the frontline emergency personnel working to support impacted communities.

Wildfire Prepration

On August 18, the Province of BC declared a Provincial State of Emergency to support the ongoing response and recovery efforts caused by wildfire. The declaration includes travel restrictions and other stipulations that enable the best response across the province. You can learn more about the provincial response at its website.

Conditions in the Selkirk College region remain volatile with all communities within the Southeast Fire Centre at either high or extreme ratings. The most important action all students and staff can take at this moment is to be prepared. Wildfire spreads quickly and when communities are directly impacted, immediate response by residents is required. Please ensure that you are signed up to the college’s Alertus app which provides emergency notifications in a timely manner.

Should evacuation be necessary in any part of the college region, it is the municipal, regional and provincial governments that take the lead. Please ensure that you acquire the necessary information prior in order to be prepared. Should an emergency situation occur, follow all instructions.

For more information on the college’s role and available resources in a wildfire situation, go to our website. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the college Health & Safety Advisor Laura Neigel at

Online Information & Preparation

Alertus App

Province of British Columbia

Selkirk College Emergency Preparedness

Selkirk Trauma Assistance Team

Selkirk College Counselling Department

City of Castlegar

City of Nelson

City of Trail

City of Grand Forks

Regional District of Central Kootenay

Regional District of Kootenay Boundary

Though natural disasters are difficult, there are ways to cope with the uncertainty that comes along with the stress in these moments. Take a moment to read the following article from Homewood Health: Homewood Health Natural Disasters