Zone 4 – Just taking the irreplaceable
It was so surprising to me when we were forced to make decisions on what to take when we were forced from our house. We packed up to go out to our lake cabin and we had very little ‘stuff’ that we considered irreplaceable. Some jewelry and our photo albums were all that really mattered. All of it could fit in a Rubbermaid tub.
Earl Roberts warned us to leave sooner than later. He was the Bank Manager at Scotia Bank and a volunteer fireman. He felt the roads could get choked with people rushing to leave at the last minute.
Doug Adams, Past President
Salmon Arm Museum at R.J. Haney Heritage Village
Zone 2 – On evacuation alert! Are we taking the TV?
Louis Thomas and his family live on the Neskonlith Indian Reserve west of Salmon Arm. He remembers being warned of an impending evacuation.
When authorities warned the residents that they might be evacuated, the Thomas family prepared for the worst. There was a lot of smoke and the fire was a few kilometres away. Louis asked his children to pack the essentials. His boys grabbed a garbage bag and stuffed clothes into them. His much younger daughters got out suitcases and packed their clothes neatly. When the family thought about the possessions they wanted to take with them if an evacuation was ordered, the Thomas girls asked, “What about the TV?”
Louis laughed and told them a television was replaceable.
Louis Thomas, resident
Neskonlith Indian Band
Photo credit in order of appearance:
1. Donna Adams, c. 2016
2. James Murray, Salmon Arm Observer, c. 1998
3. Deborah Chapman, Salmon Arm Museum, c. 2015