The Alberni-Clayoquot Regional District coordinates emergency programs for all areas within the Regional District, including the City of Port Alberni. The emergency program works with emergency responders, First Nations, BC government staff, volunteers, partner agencies, and the general public in our region.
How can I get Emergency Information?
Voyent Alert! is an emergency notification service used to send alerts to residents, businesses, and visitors during critical events like tsunami, earthquake, dam breach, or wildfires. Voyent Alert! is available to residents in the City of Port Alberni, Sproat Lake, Beaufort, Cherry Creek, Beaver Creek, Bamfield, Tseshaht First Nation, Hupacasath First Nation, Uchucklesaht Tribe, and Huu-ay-aht First Nations.
- Download the Voyent Alert! app from the iOS App Store or Google Play Store
- Or register HERE to receive notifications via text message, email, or phone
- Check out our interactive map HERE
The tsunami warning system in Port Alberni consists of six towers positioned at strategic locations at the edge of the tsunami inundation zone. Towers are located at Golden Street and Nelson Road, Margaret Street and Arrowsmith Road, Fourth Avenue and Redford Street, Kingsway Avenue and Second Avenue, Compton and Beaver Creek Road, and on Pacific Rim Highway, located near the Tseshaht First Nation Administrative Building.
The system is maintained by the Port Alberni Fire Department. It is tested silently every Monday and audibly on the first Wednesday every month at 1:00pm. It has the capability to broadcast both recorded and live messages.
In the event of a tsunami warning, a three minute long siren will sound followed by directions to go immediately to higher ground.
For more information on the Tsunami warning system contact the Port Alberni Fire Department at 250-724-1351.
In the event of a major emergency, public information may be available through the following means of communication:
It is everyone's responsibility to plan for personal safety and disaster recovery. Our region has limited emergency resources. In a major disaster, there will be delays in receiving emergency help. A well-prepared emergency plan will you to be respond and recover from an emergency. The Province of BC has created Prepared BC (link) ), a one-stop-shop for online preparedness information, including:
- Hazard specific information
- How to build an emergency kit
- How to prepare your household
- How to connect with your neighbours and authorities in advance of a disaster
Heather Zenner, Protective Services Manager 250-724-1356 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Karen Freethy, Protective Services Coordinator 250-724-7655 or email@example.com
- Tsunami Maps and Information (link)
- Alberni Valley Evacuation Route Plan (link)
- West Coast Evacuation Route Plan (Coming March 2023)
- Voyent Alert Registration (link)
- Document links to Household Emergency Plan, Household Preparedness Guide, Extreme Heat Preparedness Guide, Wildfire Preparedness Guide, Flood Preparedness Guide, Earthquake and Tsunami Guide, Apartments and Condos Guide, Resources for people with Disabilities, Prepare Your Pets Guide, Small Business Guide can be found HERE
- Business Continuity Workbook for Small Business Owners can be found at this (link)
- Alberni Valley Emergency Plan (link)
- Alberni Valley ESS Plan (link)
- Long Beach Emergency Plan (link)
- Bamfield Emergency Plan (link)
- Farm Emergency Plan Guide (link)
- Farm Emergency Plan Template (link)
Wildfires have been a natural part of our coastal forest environment for thousands of years. Building our homes in the interface with forested areas increases the risk from wildfires. With proper planning it is possible to reduce the interface fire risk by following some simple FireSmart principles. You can get FireSmart advice from the ACRD FireSmart Program.
- Contact: ACRD FireSmart Coodinator - 250-720-2700 or firstname.lastname@example.org
- Quick Links - FireSmart and Alberni-Clayoquot Regional District Community Wildfire Protection Plan
- Sproat Lake Volunteer Fire Department (link)
- Beaver Creek Volunteer Fire Department (link)
- Bamfield Volunteer Fire Department (link)
- Coastal Fire Centre Bans and Restrictions (link)
- Port Alberni Fire Department (link)
- Cherry Creek Fire Department (link)
Emergency Support Services
Emergency Support Services
Emergency Support Services (ESS) is a volunteer-based program that provides for the short-term needs of evacuees in the event of a disaster or emergency. Short-term (up to 72 hours) services (food, accommodation, clothing, etc) are provided to preserve the emotional and physical well-being of evacuees. The Alberni Valley Emergency Support Services program is currently recruiting volunteers. If you are interested, please review the ESS Information Package and fill out an application to apply as a volunteer.
ESS Reception Centres
Emergency Support Services (ESS) is a volunteer-based program that provides for the short-term needs of evacuees in the event of a disaster or emergency. Short-term (up to 72 hours) services (food, accommodation, clothing, etc) are provided to preserve the emotional and physical well-being of evacuees.
The Alberni Valley Emergency Support Services program is currently recruiting volunteers. If you are interested, please review the ESS Information Package and fill out an application to apply as a volunteer.
A Reception Centre is opened and operated by trained ESS volunteers in order to provide a safe place where evacuees from an affected area can gather to register, get information and receive assistance.
Prior to any Reception Centre opening to the public, an assessment will undertaken to evaluate the building to ensure it can be safely occupied.
Currently, the following are designated potential Reception Centres in the ACRD:
- Alberni Valley: Echo 67' Community Centre, Alberni Athletic Hall, Sproat Lake Community Hall, Beaver Creek Community Hall, Cherry Creek Community Hall, Trinity Community Hall, and McLean Mill Hall.
- Bamfield: Bamfield Community School
- District of Tofino: Tofino Community Hall
- District of Ucluelet: Ucluelet Secondary School
To find out which Reception Centre has been activated watch for information from your local government and tune your radio to 93.3 The Peak.