Interior Health has established a call line for families whose loved ones have been relocated from health facilities due to wildfire activity in the Cariboo and Thompson-Nicola regions.
Residential care and assisted-living clients, as well as hospital patients, have been or are being moved from facilities in Ashcroft, 100 Mile House and Williams Lake. Given the sheer number of individuals needing to be moved to other communities, and in a short period of time, Interior Health has not been able to contact all families.
Family members can call the IH Patient Care Quality Office for information about relocations.
The toll-free number is 1-877-442-2001. Staff will respond to calls as soon as possible.
Individuals can also make contact by email, at [email protected]
A number of agencies are working closely together to ensure the safe transfer of patients to temporary accommodations.
The Canadian Red Cross is also providing registration services to those displaced by wildfires.
However, anyone requiring immediate assistance with accommodations, food, medical or prescription support, will still need to seek support at local emergency social services reception centres.
Registering will allow family and friends to know the whereabouts of loved ones and that they are safe. It also allows the Canadian Red Cross to contact people directly as more information and assistance becomes available.
To register, contact the Canadian Red Cross at 1 800 863-6582 or online at: http://www.redcross.ca/how-we-help/current-emergency-responses