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Our number one priority is, and always has been, the health and wellness of our community. Splatsin is committed to providing vital services and tools to band members to stay safe during emergency situations. Currently, Splatsin’s Emergency Operations Centre (EOC) is activated seven days a week due to the wildfires.
Communities throughout Secwepemcúĺecw are dealing with wildfires and Splatsin’s Emergency Response Team is actively preparing for worst-case scenarios in our community. Read the information below to learn more about how you too can be prepared. Watch the latest update from Kukpi7 Christian below (August 9, 2021).
Evacuation Alert means to get prepared to leave your home on short notice. Get Grab & Go Kits ready which should include several days of clothing, toiletries and medications), your emergency plan, a traditional/cultural wellness kit, copies of important documents and important mementos. Stay tuned to Splatsin/local emergency officials for more information.
Evacuation Order means you must leave the area immediately. Follow the directions of Splatsin/local emergency officials and evacuate using the routes identified in this guide. Do not return home until this order has been rescinded.
Learn more about wildfire definitions here.
Prepare your kit today so you can evacuate as soon as there is an Evacuation Order. Your kit might include (but not limited to):
The Splatsin Community Centre at 5767 Old Vernon Road will serve as the check-in/registration centre should conditions allow. Checking is important to ensure all community members are safe and accounted for. At this time, community members will be directed to temporary housing and provided with necessities at the discretion of Splatsin.
View and download the FireSmart Homeowner’s Manual here.
Q. How will I find out if I am evacuated or on an Evacuation Alert?
A. A door-to-door delivery of an evacuation alert will be issued by Splatsin’s EOC. This information will also be published on Splatsin’s website, social media channels, and in an email to subscribers. Evacuation Orders will also be delivered to affected homes with the assistance of the RCMP and firefighters. It will also be published widely online.
Q. What happens if I am evacuated?
A. You must gather your family and pets and leave immediately. You will be given a notice which will include:
Q. Why do I have to check-in at the Community Centre?
A. Splatsin wants to know that you and your family are safe and away from danger. In order to receive temporary housing, food and other necessities, you must register at your designated registration location. Out of town guests are not eligible for coverage – these people must return home.Q. What if I do not want to evacuate?
A. A list of people refusing to evacuate will be shared with local authorities and Kukpi7 & Tkwamipla7. Children & Youth must abide by evacuation orders.
Q. How will I know when I can return home?
A. Our EOC will work closely with emergency personnel to determine when to lift the evacuation order. A notice of rescinding the evacuation order will be on Splatsin’s website, social media channels, in an email to subscribers, and circulated to regional media outlets.
The Secwepemc Nation has been operating under a State of Emergency since March 25, 2020. This declaration continues as Splatsin and other communities throughout Secwepemcúĺecw deal with active cases.
Vaccine clinics for ages 18+ (Moderna) were held at the Splatsin Community Centre in March (first dose) and June (second dose) 2021 by appointment. The Pfizer vaccine approved for children ages 12-17 is now available at the Splatsin Health Centre by appointment only. If you are living off-reserve and would like to receive your vaccine, book or drop in at one of the mobile clinics HERE.
What is the COVID-19 vaccine?Vaccines are products that produce immunity to specific viruses like COVID-19. Having immunity to COVID-19 means you won’t become sick if you come into contact with it.
When did the vaccine arrive in our community?Friday, March 12. Vaccine clinics for the first doses were held on-reserve from March 13 to April 6. The second dose is expected to arrive in early June.
Who can get the COVID-19 vaccine?All community members living on-reserve and off-reserve nearby ages 18 & up are eligible to receive their first or second dose of the vaccine. To honour and respect our elders, we will be immunizing them first. After this, we will follow the public health guidelines to prioritize the rest of those wanting to be immunized. If you add your name to the list, you will be called when you are eligible.
Who should not get the COVID-19 vaccine?Certain people who have other medical conditions; who are pregnant or are breastfeeding; and who have allergies without a known case should speak to their doctor or a Splatsin Community Nurse. In almost every situation, it is safer to receive the vaccine than to get COVID-19.
How is the COVID-19 vaccine given?The vaccine is administered by intramuscular injection (needle) into the arm.
Are there side effects of the COVID-19 vaccine?Common reactions to most vaccines may include tiredness, headache, fever, chills, muscle or joint soreness. These side effects may be present for 1-2 days. Serious side effects of the COVID-19 vaccine were not seen in clinical trials.
Why is it important to get the vaccine?The Moderna vaccine is up to 92% effective after the first dose and up to 95% after the second dose. The COVID-19 vaccine will also help protect everyone around you, too. The more people in a community who are vaccinated, the harder it is for the virus to spread and mutate. This is called “herd immunity“ or “community immunity”.
Reduced access to stable housing, income, clean water and/or health and social services place some Indigenous peoples at higher risk of COVID-19. The vaccine is one way that Indigenous (and other) people can protect themselves from this virus.
Once enough people are immunized, we hope to be able to return to activities that haven’t been possible during the pandemic
If I get immunized with the COVID-19 vaccine, do I need to keep practising preventative measures?Yes. Until most people in the world are vaccinated, you need to continue following the latest provincial health orders.
When will children be able to get their vaccine?The Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine has been approved for children ages 12-17 and it is now available at the Splatsin Health Centre.
Your children have two options to receive the vaccine:
Trials of the Pfizer vaccine prove its 100% effectiveness against COVID-19 for youth. Under the Infants Act, youth age 12+ can consent to receive medical treatment without their parents’ approval as long as the healthcare provider has determined that the treatment is in the youth’s best interest and the youth understands the details of treatment, including risks and benefits. You also have the right to refuse treatment. Parents and guardians are encouraged to have this discussion with their children.
Splatsin Health Services is available to answer questions about the vaccine and your health during the week from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Call (250) 838-9538 to speak with a nurse or to book an appointment to visit in person. In almost all cases, it is safer to get the vaccine than to get COVID-19.
Staff at Splatsin continue to work effectively and healthily from both our offices and at home. This is an effort to reduce the number of people in facilities at the same time and help protect the community against COVID-19. The following protocols are currently in place.
All visits to any Splatsin facilities are by appointment only. If you would like to make an appointment, call the Band Reception at (250) 838-6496 or visit the staff contact page.
Upon arrival at Splatsin facilities, visitors be prompted to sign a contract tracing form. Visitors also need to wear a mask and use hand sanitizer before entering a building. If you are sick, stay home and call the Splatsin Health Centre and speak to a Community Nurse. Do not visit Splatsin facilities when you are sick.
Many services and programs are still possible over the phone or other communication technology. This is the preferred method whenever possible.
Splatsin continues to deliver most services and programs during the pandemic. To see recommendations and changes, choose one of the topics below.
The Secwepemc Nation is encouraging everyone to learn about COVID-19 and what you can do to help prevent the spread of the virus.
Face: Don’t touch itFeet: Stay 6 feet from people outside of your homeCough: Into your elbowHands: Wash them with soap and water oftenSick?: Stay home and call the Splatsin Health Centre