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.