Wind Warning in the Okanagan

November 15, 2021 - A Wind Warning has been issued for our region, anticipating severe winds from 50km-70km hour.  Severe winds increase the risk of power outages, falling tree branches, and other debris. 

Residents across  Southern BC are reporting cell phone disruptions. Many wifi networks are still working. Outages seem to be affecting Rogers, Bell and Virgin. 

Heavy rain will also continue today in much of B.C. and some neighbouring communities are being severely impacted. Residents in evacuation alert areas are advised to be ready to leave their home at a moment’s notice, and be prepared to be away from their home for an extended period. Residents from Merritt are currently being evacuated to Kelowna and Kamloops. Evacuees can pre-register with ESS online at

Many Road/Hwy closures are in effect, and essential travel only on major roadways is recommended in order to take some strain off our roadways and emergency responders. Check Drive BC for updated road conditions. #BePrepared and pack a vehicle safety kit in case of emergencies. 

As our neighbours in #MerrittBC and other nearby communities are being evacuated, local Emergency Support Services are being made available at Parkinson Recreation Centre at 1700 Parkinson Way. For more information call 1 800 585 9559 If you are interested in volunteering at the ESS, please email.

WFN strongly encourages you to prepare yourself and your family in advance of any emergency that might force you from your home or require you to shelter in place (or be at home without power for several days).

In large scale events such as forest fires, floods, long-term power outages and other disasters, WFN collaborates and receives assistance from our regional partners, including Fire, Police, Healthcare, and neighbouring municipalities plus the Regional District. The emergency program is further supported by Emergency Social Services (ESS) volunteers and others.

News and updates regarding Central Okanagan emergencies will be posted to the Central Okanagan Emergency Operations website. Be sure to SUBSCRIBE for Central Okanagan emergency e-updates.