Preparedness

Every Canadian household needs to prepare a Family Emergency Plan which will help you and your family know what to do in case of an emergency.

Most likely household emergencies would be:

  • House Fire or Neighbourhood Fire
  • Accidents and Injuries
  • Poisons and other Dangerous Material Exposures
  • Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Contamination
  • Crime or Theft of property or person

British Columbia faces many potential weather threats with the most likely scenarios being:

  • Heavy rains causing flooding and leakage.
  • Lightning storms causing power outages and fires.
  • Heavy winds causing trees down and power outages.
  • Freezing rains and sleet causing hazardous driving condition.
  • Heavy snowfall and extreme cold causing power outages, hazardous driving conditions and forced shelter in-place.

The province of BC is unique in its geography that makes a disaster scenario more likely in the following areas:

  • Marine: Ocean, Lake, and River accidents that may cause flooding, tsunami, strong currents, hypothermia, and other water sport accidents.
  • Mountains: avalanche, slides, backcountry events, driving hazards, flooding, etc.
  • Forests: getting lost in the backcountry, wildlife, wildfires, falling trees, etc.
  • Earthquakes: although most earthquakes are relatively minor, the threat of “the big one” always is on our minds since we live on the San Andreas fault line and are “due” for a super earthquake.

Each threat scenario brings a different action plan, which may include a home evacuation, shelter in-place, home defense, or get home from disaster.