Information for people affected by wildfires
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Evacuation orders and alerts
Definitions you should know:
- An Evacuation Alert means you should be ready to leave on short notice. Learn about steps to take from PreparedBC.
- An Evacuation Order means you should leave immediately. Choosing to remain in an area under Evacuation Order puts yourself, your family and first responders in danger. It’s not worth the risk.
- An Evacuation Rescind means local officials have confirmed the situation is now safe and you can return home.
If you are evacuated from your community due to wildfires, you should register with Emergency Support Services (ESS) whether you need the support or not. This will help ensure that your loved ones and communities know where you are and know that you’re safe.
Self-register online at ess.gov.bc.ca. If you require assistance with self-registration you can ask for help by calling the Emergency Support Services Info Line: 1-800-585-9559 (available 24/7)
Proceed to the nearest Reception Centre (listed below) to complete the ESS registration. You will also be asked to complete a needs assessment to determine what short-term supports you require (e.g. food, lodging, clothing and incidentals).
Tip: After you register, you may receive calls from unlisted numbers regarding your evacuee registration. Make sure your voicemail box is not full so ESS volunteers can leave a message.
Additional supports for evacuees
To help people and communities manage and recover from the impacts of wildfires, the Government of BC, Crown Corporations and the Government of Canada have various programs and resources available.