Why Do I have to Register at a Church!???

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On honour of the late, great grammafreddy, it just has to be asked!
An Emergency Support Services reception centre is being set up at Willow Park Church in Kelowna.


http://vancouversun.com/news/local-news ... of-kelowna
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Why does it matter what the day use of the 4 walls that the Emergency Response Team is using.... Its not like you have to join some religious cult before you get assistance. It comes down to what resources are easily and closely available that will house the number of evacuee's that will be coming in for help.

They could put it in the mall or Prospera Place if need be... but is that the most central and likely easy parking, and handicap accessable, AND cheap/free for the current fire. Not really sure of where else you would like these people to go? The YM/WCA is non denominational but is it easily accessable for if needed 1000 people to fit in to register?

As someone that has been through this before, I don't care where I had to register as long as the people that were receiving me were understanding, supportive, and could in essence catch me as I fold from sheer fear and exausten of fleeing from these beasts.

I know how packed the 2003 fire registration location was, and to this day years and years later I remember the feeling of just being somewhere safe with people whose only job at that moment was to make me feel as normal, safe and helped as they could. And from what I understand from friends that registered last night at the church - that is exactly what they felt as they walked in those doors.
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Snickerdoodle wrote:Why does it matter what the day use of the 4 walls that the Emergency Response Team is using.... Its not like you have to join some religious cult before you get assistance. It comes down to what resources are easily and closely available that will house the number of evacuee's that will be coming in for help.

They could put it in the mall or Prospera Place if need be... but is that the most central and likely easy parking, and handicap accessable, AND cheap/free for the current fire. Not really sure of where else you would like these people to go? The YM/WCA is non denominational but is it easily accessable for if needed 1000 people to fit in to register?

As someone that has been through this before, I don't care where I had to register as long as the people that were receiving me were understanding, supportive, and could in essence catch me as I fold from sheer fear and exausten of fleeing from these beasts.

I know how packed the 2003 fire registration location was, and to this day years and years later I remember the feeling of just being somewhere safe with people whose only job at that moment was to make me feel as normal, safe and helped as they could. And from what I understand from friends that registered last night at the church - that is exactly what they felt as they walked in those doors.


well said

they often use schools as well. Good on the church for stepping up
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No better church than Willow Park Church.

Spacious.
Good parking.
Close to food/amenities.
On public transport routes.

It was very generous of them to open up. Just like the Evangel did in 2003 for the Mission victims of fire.
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Glacier wrote:On honour of the late, great grammafreddy, it just has to be asked!
An Emergency Support Services reception centre is being set up at Willow Park Church in Kelowna.


http://vancouversun.com/news/local-news ... of-kelowna


I agree with above, doesn't really matter if it is in a church or not. Good for them for helping.

I will say, that I remember at the last federal election I had to go vote at a local church. There was quite a wait (that's to the retirement home down the street), and I couldn't help but notice all the anti-abortion signs that were posted all over the church. I rolled my eyes and found the irony in it.
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whatwhat wrote:I agree with above, doesn't really matter if it is in a church or not. Good for them for helping.

I will say, that I remember at the last federal election I had to go vote at a local church. There was quite a wait (that's to the retirement home down the street), and I couldn't help but notice all the anti-abortion signs that were posted all over the church. I rolled my eyes and found the irony in it.

I agree that it doesn't matter, and I think it's great that the churches can be used for voting and evacuation centres. I was just remembering that Grammafreddy and DonaldG didn't like it so much, and since they are up there at the pearly gates trying to argue their way inside, I thought someone had to speak on their behalf down here on earth.

My kids had their music recital in the Anglican Church, and my experience was the complete opposite of yours. I saw posters all over the place about buying Palestinian olive oil to support their cause in the Middle East. There was also fair trade organic GMO-free coffee to support the environment and other poor nations.
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^^^ if more areas had civic centre &/or community hall(s). Schools work during early part of summer holidays. Since they are now getting prepared for a new school year, that option should be off the board.
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Glacier wrote:since they are up there at the pearly gates trying to argue their way inside, I thought someone had to speak on their behalf down here on earth.

There's no such thing, what the heck are you talking about? Make some sense, dood.
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I could and would certainly understand the concern if churches didn't step up to help their communities in a time such as this. Great job - and that's from a non-believer.
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Woodenhead wrote:
Glacier wrote:since they are up there at the pearly gates trying to argue their way inside, I thought someone had to speak on their behalf down here on earth.

There's no such thing, what the heck are you talking about? Make some sense, dood.

Nothing I've said so far in this thread makes sense, so why would I start now!!!!!!!!!!?????
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Church, school, community centre - does it matter where you register - just be glad there are volunteers in this community who get up at all hours of the day or night - 24/7, 365 days and head out to these centres to help the evacuees. Emergency Support Services deals with all evacuees, be it one house fire or the interface fires that we're facing now. Between the floods in May, supporting evacuees from Okanagan Centre, Truswell fires, the Cariboo fires (over 1500 registered in Kelowna), volunteers from the Central Okanagan have been keeping Reception Centres open for over 75 days ... and it's still ongoing.

And that doesn't begin to count the number of hours spent in preparation for these events, training, meetings' and getting the word out to the communities about the "Volunteers Needed".

So if you've got a problem with where you have to register ... how about trying to be part of the solutution
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This is a lame attempt of a stir the pot post . People's homes are at risk today and lives are being changed by fire. I recommend no one else feeds "this fire" and this post burns out
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WADR... bit of an inside joke gone awry, or what? FWIW, I appreciate the OP paying some homage to two long term castanet forum contributors. Sorry some of you can't see that.

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REDNECK 99 wrote:This is a lame attempt of a stir the pot post . People's homes are at risk today and lives are being changed by fire. I recommend no one else feeds "this fire" and this post burns out

It was a joke to lighten the mood. Sorry you did not get it, or any of the others that didn't get it.
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When are the bars going to catch on to this ? If I was evacuated I would like to sit down to a cold pint.
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