Emergency Preparedness

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. You should be prepared to take care of yourself and your family for a minimum of 72 hours.

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Evacuation Alert vs Evacuation Order

Evacuation Alert

This is the time to get prepared to leave your home on short notice. Get your grab-and-go bags ready (which should include several days of clothing, toiletries, and medications), your emergency plan, copies of important documents, and important mementos.

Listen to local emergency officials for further information on the situation.

Evacuation Order

Leave the area immediately. Follow the directions of local emergency officials and evacuate using the route(s) they've identified. Do not return home until you've been advised that the Evacuation Order has been rescinded.

Evacuation Rescinded

Once local officials determine the situation is currently safe, the evacuation will be rescinded and you can return home. Continue to stay tuned for other possible evacuation alerts or orders.

What is a Declaration of a State of Local Emergency

Declaring a state of local emergency enables local authorities in the Province of British Columbia to exercise extraordinary emergency powers listed in the Emergency Program Act. The emergency powers are utilized by the local authority to order the evacuation of residents from their homes, prohibit travel, and enter private property when an emergency threatens lives, property, or the environment within the local authority's jurisdiction.

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