Wildfire Evacuee Update
On July 15, 2017, EMBC requested that Chilliwack open up a triage and holding facility. We opened Chilliwack Secondary School (46363 Yale Rd), which is open from 9am to 5pm until end of day Wednesday, August 2. See Hours of Operation for more information.
The Chilliwack reception centre provides services under the Emergency Social Services program, which is administered by the provincial government. We are in close contact with EMBC in order to ensure we accurately follow their direction, guidelines and policies. If an evacuee has concerns or questions about the referrals they have received, please return to the centre at Chilliwack Secondary School and our volunteers will be happy to help.
Thursday, August 3 – Saturday, August 5: 9am to 1pm
Sunday, August 6 and Monday, August 7: CLOSED
Tuesday, August 8 – Friday, August 11: 9am to 1pm
From August 14 onward, the reception centre will be open 9am to 1pm from Monday to Friday.
Information for Evacuees
Chilliwack’s reception centre for evacuees is at Chilliwack Secondary School (46363 Yale Road - map)
Please bring photo ID, proof of primary residence and documentation (yellow paperwork copies) from any other evacuation centres.
Please go to the registration centre where you registered to receive extensions.
Please bring members of your family to the reception centre listed on the referrals. If that is not possible, please bring ID that shows your fixed address for as many members of your family as possible.
Chilliwack’s reception centre has room for 124 evacuees to sleep if needed.
Everyone that comes to the Chilliwack reception centre will be encouraged to register with the Red Cross and computers have been set up at the school for that purpose.
You can reach the Chilliwack reception centre at 1-604-703-6491 during open hours.
Evacuees may have concerns about returning home, if there is still smoky air in their home communities. Public health officials have advised that, given the nature of the fires and smoke patterns all across the province, smoke conditions at evacuation centres are generally just as bad (if not worse) than the home communities.
If you are at increased risk of health concerns as a result of smoke:
- Have rescue medication on hand at all times and a plan to follow if your rescue medication cannot bring your condition under control.
- Look for indoor environments that might be less smoky, such as shopping malls, community centres and libraries.
- Avoid physical exertion because the amount of smoke you breathe increases as your breathing rate increases.
- Keep hydrated as it helps your body deal with inflammation.
Although everyone kindly wants to provide donations, at this time donations other than money are not required. Please continue to donate funds to the Red Cross, as this organization will be involved after the evacuees return home and assess their needs.
Due to the overwhelming response from our community, we no longer require any untrained volunteers for our Chilliwack emergency reception centre at Chilliwack Secondary School. We are very grateful for everyone's support and understanding.
If members of the Chilliwack community have lodging/accommodations to share with evacuees, there are two options to utilize:
BC Wildfire Evacuee Support Facebook Group
In person registration at Chilliwack Secondary School (46363 Yale Rd) to register for a billeting opportunity.
Livestock relocation and trailer placement requirements are to be routed to the regional centre that is set up at the Cloverdale Fairgrounds:
6050A-176th Street, Surrey, British Columbia V3S 4E7
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