Preparedness Week saw things happening in Grand Forks from April 11 to 13th
Beginning on April 11 with a presentation on Your Finances After The Flood from Grand Forks Credit Union and Community Futures hosted by Columbia Basin Alliance for Literacy at Selkirk College.
On April 12 and 13th 2 blocks of Market Ave. in Grand Forks were closed to traffic so a number of demonstrations and information booths could be set up for preparedness week
One of the things they wanted to point out to people was how to properly do sand bagging. Flooding in your home or store is bad enough but imagine the frustration after a lot of hard work placing sandbags only to have that water infiltrate past them. There are ways to make that less likely to happen and make the barriers better. Paul Edmonds from Red Dragon Consulting takes us through it.
Remember what it was like trying to stay abreast of the changing threats over the last few years? Do you listen to the radio? Which website has the most up-to-date information? Are there public postings for those who aren’t on the web? Where? How do you know? Well the Regional District has take a step forward in keeping you informed about threats as they happen. They’ve brought out an App (Voyent Alert) for phones and tablets that will get Push notifications about threats as they unfold. Push means you don’t have to make the App visit the website – it gets a notification all by itself. So if there’s a wildfire coming to where you are right now. or a flood, the App will let you know. It runs on both Apple’s iOS or Google’s Android systems. Listen to RDKB’s Interim Emergency Program Manager Mark Stephens explain more.
What if you’ve gone out into the wilderness hiking, biking, snowmobiling, or hunting and something happens and you need help. What are you going to do? Did you bring a GPS? Good – You know where you are. But how do you get that information to Help? Do you have a Satellite phone? No? How about a Two-Way radio? One that works in the mountains . . . Or as you lie there with your broken leg / burst appendix / cuts and scrapes will you be wondering how long your body will be there before its found? It doesn’t have to be that way or have that bad an outlook if you have an In-Reach device . . . with one of those rescuers can know exactly where you are and you can let them know what is wrong so they bring the right supplies to help you. Listen to Scott Lamont from Grand Forks Search and Rescue explain.
Politicians from various levels of government (not the feds) were present. Local city councillors were serving up pancake breakfast with the Elks on Saturday. Other were there to talk about what has happened, is happening and will take place in the future. Mayor Taylor, RDKB Chair Roly Russell and Parliamentary Secretary for Emergency Preparedness Jennifer Rice spoke.
The Grand Forks RCMP would like to notify the citizens of Grand Forks that there have 21 complaints of theft from vehicles since January 1, 2018.
Unfortunately most of these thefts have been from unlocked vehicles and some of the stolen property has been unsecured items in the boxes of trucks. Please lock up or remove valuables from your vehicles, and keep things like loose change out of sight.
If you have any information regarding these thefts you can call the Grand Forks RCMP at 250-442-8288. If you wish to remain anonymous you can call crime stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS).
As a reminder numerous citizens of Grand Forks have been contacted by scammers who are posing as an agent for the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA).
The scammer demanded money for back taxes, fines and a fee. The scammer told the citizen that the RCMP would be contacting the citizen if he did not pay. This is a scam. New to this scam is a letter from the CRA indicating that the addressee needs to contact the CRA to update their personal information.
“The CRA takes these matters very seriously and provides substantial information to Canadians about how to protect themselves from scams undertaken using the CRA’s name. Informing yourself is particularly important during the tax filing season, when such scams peak,” said the Honourable Diane Lebouthillier, Minister of National Revenue. This information, including examples of real scam telephone calls and e-mails, can be easily found on the CRA web site. The
below link is a wealth of information on various CRA scams. https://www.canada.ca/en/revenue-agency/corporate/security/protect-yourself-against-fraud.html
You may also obtain a brochure on Fraud Awareness and how to protect yourself against fraud from the Grand Forks RCMP Detachment.
Sgt. J. (Jim) FENSKE
Boundary Regional RCMP
On March 5, 2018 Trail and Greater District RCMP recovered computer tablets.
Police were called by a concerned citizen who located four electronic devices (tablets) that were partially buried in the snow in East Trail. The tablets are from different manufacturers and are different sizes and the complainant felt that they may be stolen.
Due to the amount of battery life left in some of the devices, police feel that the devices were not left in the snow for very long, however, there are no recent reports of the theft of any of these types of devices.
If you have any information regarding this incident or have had one of these types of devices go missing, please contact the Trail RCMP at 250-364-2566.