Wildfire evacuation orders in the Cariboo and Bulkey-Nechako Regional Districts are resulting in an increasing number of registrations at Prince George’s emergency reception centre at the CN Centre.
To date, 151 evacuees have been registered since the city began providing emergency support services last week. Evacuees are requested to register at the reception centre in order to receive assistance with accommodation, emergency food, and medical services. All evacuees requiring accommodation are in local hotels and motels.
In order to keep evacuees and residents informed during this rapidly developing situation, the city has launched a web page to provide information for evacuees and residents at www.princegeorge.ca/wildfireevacuation.
The city is also providing an opportunity to subscribe for updates via email. This is available at news.princegeorge.ca/subscribe and selecting the category “Wildfire Evacuation Information” under the Notices and Alerts heading.
At this time, the City of Prince George is not issuing a call for volunteers and is not requesting donations.
The reception centre has been installed along a concourse in the arena near in the south-east corner of the building with a waiting area and tables for registering evacuees. The registration process enables evacuees to receive support with accommodation and food, along with information about various services available in Prince George.
The nearby Kin 1 arena is also being readied to potentially accommodate up to 280 cots for people requiring temporary lodging.
Signage has been installed from both Highway 16 and Highway 97 to direct evacuees to Exhibition Park and to the Emergency Reception Centre.