Large Item Collection Scheduled for March 29th

Mar 19 2019
By: Keremeos Admin
Categories: News

In March, a number of communities in the RDOS provide large item collection to homes. Large item collection starts on Friday March 29th in Keremeos, Cawston, Olalla, Hedley and Green Mountain Rd areas.


A maximum of two (2) large items per home will be accepted. Only items of furniture, appliances or mattresses will be collected.


The following items will NOT be accepted at Large Item Collection:

  • Carpeting
  • Plumbing
  • Toilets
  • Hot water tanks
  • Heat pumps
  • Furnaces
  • Renovation material
  • Televisions, Computer Monitors and other electronics (can be recycled for free at the Keremeos Landfill or Penticton Bottle Depot)


For more information, please contact the RDOS Solid Waste Division at 250-490-4129, or visit

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Steps to Better Health Walking Group – Tuesdays and Thursdays at 9 AM Starting April 2nd

Mar 18 2019
By: Keremeos Admin
Categories: News

We are pleased to announce that this year's Steps to Better Health walking program will begin April 2nd. Selena Despres, the walk organizer, will be in front of the Keremeos Senior Centre entrance at 8:45 am to take in registration material. The walk should start at 9am and last about 25 minutes. Do not hesitate to join us as this is designed as an inclusive walk, not a race! It will be followed by a "meet and greet" with some refreshments, up at Victory Hall. I hope you can join us. 


If you have not submitted your responses to the presentation topics survey, you still have until March 21st to do so by clicking here. We are looking forward to your input and will advertise the presentation dates and topics as soon as they become available. 


If you do not wish to participate in the walk, you are still welcome to join us on Tuesdays, for a social activity. These will take place at or near Victory Hall, at 9:30am. 


For additional information and to pick up registration packages, go to Similkameen Pharmacy, 633-7th Avenue, Keremeos.

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Changes to Schedule at Penticton Airport

Mar 15 2019
By: Keremeos Admin
Categories: News

Air Canada Express recently announced changes to their service at Penticton airport beginning May 1, 2019, including:


  • The aircraft will be changed to the larger Q400 which has improved reliability during periods of inclement weather, particularly during the winter months 
  • Penticton airport will have three daily flights with Air Canada in the larger Q400 aircraft
  • The 6 am departure from Penticton, and the 10:50 pm arrival from Vancouver will be removed from the schedule


Travellers for work, business or pleasure can share their views on the flight service available at the Penticton Airport in a survey now on


The City of Penticton and the Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen want to better understand the flight needs in the area in light of recent changes to the Vancouver service provided by Air Canada Express. The survey is open to anyone who travels through the Penticton Airport.  Surveys will be accepted until April 6, 2019.

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Input Needed for 'Steps to Better Health' Walking Group Program

Mar 12 2019
By: Keremeos Admin
Categories: News

The organizers of the Age-Friendly “Steps to Better Health” walking group initiative are looking for input. The program is designed for older residents, but open to all walkers, and walks are followed by presentations on topics of interest.


Presentations or discussions will be held either at Victory Hall or outdoors, on Tuesday mornings after a 25-30 minute walk. It is not necessary to participate in the walk to attend the information presentation.


To assist the organizers in providing information that is relevant, please indicate which topics on the survey would be of interest to you.


Survey forms can be picked up and dropped off at the Village Office, 702-4th Street, or at the Similkameen Pharmacy at 633 - 7th Avenue. You may also print off the survey to drop off by clicking on the link below:


Steps to Better Health Walking Group Survey


Please return the completed survey to the Village Office or Similkameen Pharmacy by March 22, 2019.


We appreciate your input!

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Emergency Operations Centre Update: Emergency Support Services Recruitment Video & Preparedness Information

Mar 11 2019
By: Keremeos Admin
Categories: News

Emergency Support Services (ESS)

British Columbians forced from their homes by fire, floods, landslides or other emergencies may receive Emergency Support Services (ESS) for up to 72 hours or longer. Most communities have an ESS team that works with the local emergency program during a crisis. The ESS program relies on trained volunteers to meet the needs of people impacted by an emergency.


Volunteering as an ESS responder is an opportunity to help others during a time of crisis. ESS volunteers are trained by the Justice Institute of British Columbia (JIBC) and receive WorkSafeBC and liability insurance coverage through Emergency Management BC (EMBC). Training is provided free of charge. Volunteers must undergo a criminal record check. 


For more information about ESS, please watch this short video:


Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen (RDOS) ESS: 250-486-1890


Are You Prepared?

Coping with the stress of being out of your home during an Evacuation Order is easier, if you have a plan.

  • Understand the risks in advance, prepare and practice your family and business emergency plan
  • Prepare a 72-hour emergency kit for your family and vehicle
  • Sign up for Keremeos' Resident Notification System and receive notification messages and information updates:


“Property Owners are responsible for protecting their property.” 

In British Columbia, property owners are responsible for taking the necessary steps on their property to protect their home and property from flooding, while government emergency programs focus on broader flood response measures. The RDOS will provide sand and sandbags for property owners as needed, in addition to information about sandbag placement. During a flooding emergency, Emergency Management BC (EMBC) may assist with funding for response works such as tiger dams, sand and sandbags, and other emergency resources.


“Groundwater levels are currently higher than normal due to wet conditions experienced in 2017 and 2018, creating an increased potential for flooding during freshet in 2019.” 

Ecora – Professional Engineers and Environmental Consulting / Dobson Engineering Ltd.


Is Your Property Prone to Flooding?

Due to high groundwater throughout the Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen (RDOS), there is a high probability of flooding from freshet - in areas that are prone to flooding. In some areas, there remains an imminent risk of flooding from rainfall events. Property owners living in areas that flood need to be prepared. Flooding on private property will typically occur as a result of high stream flow, pooling or slow rising water from a body of water. 


For more information about sandbagging, please watch this short video:


Important Notes

  • Public sand and sandbag locations will be listed on the RDOS website:  In the Keremeos area, the sandbag location will be at the Keremeos Irrigation District pump house west of Highway 3A just north of Similkameen Elementary Secondary School.
  • The RDOS does not deliver sand or sandbags to private residences or businesses
  • If you require assistance with sandbagging, please connect with your friends, family or volunteers
  • Filled sandbags are not available from the RDOS


For further information, please contact the RDOS EOC: 250-490-4225

Visit our website:


Building Climate Resilience in the Okanagan – A Homeowners’ Resource Guide


Important Emergency Terms

Being familiar with these terms will help remove the stress of coping with an emergency.


Evacuation Alert – Be Ready and Standby

Upon notification of an ALERT, you should locate all family members or co-workers and designate a meeting site outside the evacuation area, in case an Evacuation Order is issued. Gather essential items such as medications, eyeglasses, valuable papers, cell phone charger, immediate care needs for dependents, and keepsakes. Have these items ready for quick departure.


Prepare to move any disabled persons and/or children. Arrange to transport your household members or co-workers in the event an Evacuation Order is issued. Prepare to move pets and livestock to a safe area. Monitor news sources and the Village and RDOS websites and social media for information.


Evacuation Order – Get Out

Upon notification of an ORDER, you must leave the area immediately. Close and lock all windows and doors. Shut off electrical appliances, other than refrigerators and freezers. Do not lock gates. Gather your family and take a neighbour or someone who needs help. Take critical items if they are immediately available. Take pets in pet kennels or on leash. Do not use more vehicles than necessary, to help reduce congestion. Do not use the telephone unless you need help.


Evacuation Rescind (Safe to Return)

It is safe for evacuees to return home. Residents may remain on Evacuation Alert and should be prepared to leave on short notice, if the incident changes.


Grab-and-Go Bag

Don't count on being home when there's an emergency. In addition to an emergency kit at home, create grab-and-go bags for your work and vehicles. You should include important documents, first aid kit and medications.


For more information visit the RDOS website

Issued by RDOS Director of Emergency Operations

RDOS EOC 250-490-4225

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