Prevention & Preparation


Don't wait for the headline: Get prepared today
Disasters can strike any time, anywhere, so planning is key. Depending on the incident, you and your family could be on your own for several days while emergency responders manage the aftermath. Prepare for that possibility by following a few simple guidelines.

Know the risks
Earthquakes, floods, tsunamis and wildfires are just some of the disasters that could occur in British Columbia. Research the potential threats in your region and prepare accordingly.

Make a plan
A family plan will help you cope with the stress of emergencies. You can customize it based on local risks, while keeping these general principles in mind:

  • Identify safe exits from your home and neighbourhood;
  • Choose a meeting place to re-unite with family;
  • Choose an out-of-area friend as a "check-in contact" for everyone to call. Carry their contact information with you; and
  • Practice, practice, practice. Review your plan regularly so everyone knows it by heart!

You should also think about how you will care for pets and help family members with mobility concerns or other disabilities.

Get an emergency kit
When a disaster hits, there may not be time to collect emergency supplies. Ensure you have grab-and-go kits for your home, office and vehicle. They should all contain water and supplies for a minimum of 72 hours.

Stay in touch
Communication is key during any disaster. Follow @emergencyinfobc on Twitter for the latest emergency alerts. You'll also want to connect with family and loved ones so they'll know you're okay. Here are some excellent tips from FEMA on how to get tech ready.

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