Wildfire Update 4 – Know Before You Go
STAY SAFE, STAY INFORMED
Destination BC and the Cariboo Chilcotin Coast Tourism Association will be communicating with media and consumers to encourage a ‘know before you go’ campaign to provide factual information on our industry businesses impacted by wildfire and to reduce fears of visiting our unaffected communities and businesses.
If you are not affected by wildfire or smoke, we encourage you to share current images on your social channels, engage in positive discussions about your area and do not engage in sharing of unconfirmed information on social media.
We will be sharing additional communication tools and links to coverage to assist you in your messaging.
Tips on handling media during emergencies:
Many interviews are shortened to a few sound bites, but they are played over and over. Remember what is captured may represent your business situation for a long time, so remain factual and positive – it is not useful to feed the media fears. Here are a few tips to help you handle an interview during the current forest fire situation.
Keep a positive tone, and where it makes sense, express your pride for your area, its people, and your passion for sharing it with visitors.
BANKING HELPING IN DIFFERENT WAYS
Check with your specific financial advisor on what supports are available for your business or family. Here are a few we have heard from:
Special mortgage payment arrangements are available for CIBC homeowners in British Columbia affected by the wildfires. CIBC says that re-amortizing of mortgages is also an option and that special arrangements are available for credit card bills and loans. The lender is reversing service fees and some other charges.
Royal Bank of Canada assisting clients
TD Canada Trust gathers donations
BMO Financial Group today announced a donation of $50,000 to the Canadian Red Cross BC Fires Appeal to support communities and residents affected by the wildfires in British Columbia.
“We stand by our customers and communities through the good times and the challenging times. We are here to help residents and businesses in British Columbia who have been impacted by the devastating wildfires across the province. Our thoughts are with them all and we hope these efforts will help to alleviate some of the challenges they are facing,” saidMichael Bonner, Senior Vice President and Regional Head, British Columbia and Yukon Division, BMO Bank of Montreal.
In addition, BMO is supporting impacted customers needing help with short-term deferral payment options, special accommodations and other assistance. Customers are encouraged to visit any branch or contact BMO for more information. Small business and commercial clients are also encouraged to contact their BMO account manager regarding special accommodations.
BMO is also accepting donations at all of its branches across Canada to support the Canadian Red Cross BC Fires Appeal. www.bmo.com
TIPS to protect your financial future
1. Contact your mortgage holder whether it be a bank or a broker and explain your situation.
2. Contact your Home Insurance provider as soon as you are able, not the local office, but the actual Insurance Company that insures you. They can advise what you are entitled to if displaced from your home or business is interrupted.
3. Contact the lending institution that you have your vehicle car loans with.
4. Cell providers need to be contacted.
5. Home Satellite/Cable/Internet providers should be contacted.
6. Let anyone that you pay a monthly fee know the situation you are in, you may have better coverage than you think.
Most importantly…SAVE ALL RECEIPTS!!!
Cariboo Parks & Rec sites closed
In an effort to protect public safety, the ministry has closed all recreation sites and trails in the Cariboo Fire Centre, effective immediately.
The closure will remain in effect until further notice.
Any members of the public currently using recreation sites within the Cariboo Fire Centre are advised to leave.
Recreationalists are encouraged to avoid travelling in the backcountry in areas of active wildfires or where the fire danger rating is high to extreme. Given the current fire danger ratings and number of active wildfires, further restrictions may be considered if people do not stay out of the backcountry.
To read more about the services offered by BC Parks during this time, please click here.
BC Economic Development Association Helping Out
The BC Ec Dev Association are being supported by FORTIS to set-up a call centre for business owners affected by the fires. We anticipate that these centres will be established soon, likely in the next few days.
For a checklist on how to prepare your business for emergencies, please click here.