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Evacuation Plan

Alberni Valley Evacuation Route Plan

The Alberni Valley Evacuation Route Plan was developed in partnership with the Hupacasath First Nation, the Tseshaht First Nation, the City of Port Alberni, and the Alberni-Clayoquot Regional District. We gratefully acknowledge that 100% of the funding for this project was provided by the Union of BC Municipalities.

The plan has been developed to support the planning of evacuations within the Alberni Valley and considers all hazards that face residents and visitors in the Alberni Valley. The plan will be utilized by Emergency Operations Centre (EOC) staff and agencies during an evacuation to support decision making. The plan has a separate section for Tseshaht First Nation, Hupacasath First Nation, City of Port Alberni, and ACRD rural areas, with each geographical area broken down into zones. Each zone identifies critical infrastructure (schools, daycares, care facilities, bridges, hotels, gas stations, emergency agencies, etc.), identifies primary evacuation routes and secondary collector roads, identifies the population within, and the estimated time to evacuate the zone. Consideration in each zone is also given to specific known hazards, such as the tsunami and dam breach inundation zones. The evacuation plan will be used in conjunction with the Alberni Valley Emergency Plan.

Next Steps

An Alberni Valley evacuation focused brochure will be created in 2022 and will be widely distributed to residents. The purpose of the brochure will be to provide an easy to understand document that supports residents by providing information on:

  • How to prepare for an evacuation (preparing an emergency plan, emergency kits, what to take with you if evacuated)
  • Learn evacuation terminology (alert, order, rescind)
  • Identify where to get reliable information during an evacuation (what reception centre to access)

Alberni Valley Emergency Evacuation Information (PDF)

Evacuation Plan

Local authorities issue evacuation alerts and orders when disasters threaten. Listen to local radio and television reports and if local authorities ask you to leave, do so immediately.

The amount of time you have to evacuate will depend on the disaster. When you are ordered to evacuate is not the time to decide what to do and what to take. Making an Evacuation Plan for you and your family will relieve some of the stress you might experience when being ordered to evacuate.

Immediate Evacuation

  • Medical supplies: medications, eyeglasses, dentures, etc.
  • Family members and pets
  • Disaster kit and supplies (including flashlight, batteries, radio, first aid kit and bottled water)
  • Clothing and bedding (a sleeping bag or bedroll and pillow for each member of the family)
  • Car and house keys
  • Go to ESS Reception Centre to register and receive referrals

Evacuation Alert

If the disaster is not imminent and you have been placed on “alert”, do the following:

  • Bring things indoors (lawn furniture, trash cans, children's toys, garden equipment, etc.)
  • Look for potential hazards around your home
  • Turn off electricity and water
  • Leave natural gas on unless otherwise advised by local officials
  • Turn off propane gas
  • If high winds are expected, cover the outside of all windows of your home
  • If flooding is expected, consider obtaining sandbags to keep your residence safe and dry.
  • It takes two people about one hour to fill and place 100 sandbags giving you a wall one foot high and 20 feet long

Protect Your Valuables

  • Move objects that may get damaged to safer areas of your home
  • Make a visual or written record of all of your household possessions. Record model and serial numbers

Important Papers to Take With You (or copies)

  • Driver's licence or personal identification
  • Social Insurance card
  • Proof of resident
  • Insurance policies
  • Birth and marriage certificates

If you are issued an Evacuation Order, use specified travel routes. Do not use shortcuts – they may be impassible. Be alert for unsafe roads and bridges. Do not drive into flooded areas. Stay away from downed power lines. Stay out of fire hazard areas until you are advised it is safe to return. Follow return instructions issued by the local authority.

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