Penticton search and rescue to test new app that assists with mass evacuations

Penticton search and rescue members will carry out a mock evacuation on Monday night to test a new locally-developed app that will assist with the logistics of carrying out mass evacuations.

SAR manager Dale Jorgensen said the app, developed by the Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen, is called “Collector.”

The technology will allow search and rescue members to download addresses and maps of the evacuation zones directly to their smartphones.

“They have a map for evacuations that covers and shows all the properties and the lot lines through the RDOS, so if we are going up Carmi, it shows us the size of the lots and so you get a pretty good idea of whether you are looking at an acre or 5-10 acres,” he said on Monday.

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