As some of you might know Manic Love Co. is located in British Columbia (BC), Canada and BC is going through a bit of a forest fire crisis right now. As of yesterday the province was still in a state of emergency with 160 forest fires blazing. Manic Love Co. is located in the Shuswap Valley of BC, the town of Salmon Arm, and we have certainly felt this crisis. For the past month a thick blanket of smoke has hung over the valley making the air hazy and the act of breathing difficult at times(1). Luckily, we have not been forced to evacuate, unlike towns near us. Watching news coverage of those people has forced me to think about what to do if Manic Love Co. has to evacuate.
If Salmon Arm is forced to evacuate because of a forest fire then Manic Love Co. will have to suspend operations and temporarily shut down business. I have decided that if word of an evacuation starts to come down from on high then Manic Love Co. will stop taking orders. Now, all the orders up to that point will have to be fulfilled. Once the evacuation order is given a list of orders to be fulfilled will be made. Those orders will be packaged and shipped as soon as possible, but Manic Love Co. will not be accepting new orders until the evacuation is lifted and we can return to our home base. Customers visiting the site will be made aware of the situation by a new landing page that will inform them that maniclove.com is locked down and that they will not be able to proceed to the normal web page until the evacuation order is lifted. Luckily for us, and our customers, this is a plan for the worst case scenario and we might not have to implement it – it never hurts to have a plan. I hope that the people reading this haven't felt the worst of this record setting forest fire season. This is one more hurdle that we have to clear in life... stay strong.
-Josh, Owner/Operator of Manic Love Co.
1. "B.C Wildfires Map 2017: Current Location of Wildfires Around the Province,” accessed on August 17, 2017, http://globalnews.ca/news/3585284/b-c-wildfires-map-2017-current-location-of-wildfires-around-the-province/