Watch these vidoes with your entire household to learn the basics of how to prepare for an emergency:

Emergency Preparedness for Your Family

Each year, thousands of people face emergency situations that could change their lives forever. Don't be caught off-guard. Know the hazards in your area and take the time to assemble your family emergency kit. During an emergency, you and your family could be on your own for an extended period of time. Emergency services may not be readily available, as increasing demands are placed on responders. Therefore, it may take emergency workers some time to get to you as they help those in most critical need. As well, access to phones, gas, water, sewer, and electrical services may be cut off. Learning how to be personally prepared is vital.

Download a variety of guides and other information at Get Prepared Canada and PreparedBC.

For information about how to organize a Personal Emergency Preparedness briefing for your community or neighborhood, call our office (250-334-8890). In the meantime download the In It Together: Neighbourhood Preparedness Guide or click on the Emergency  Preparedness Resources button below.

Be sure to check out information regarding:

Emergency Preparedness Training  

Emergency Preparedness Resources 

Current Locations of Sandbags

Flood Preparedness

These 5 info fact sheets (pdf) will help inform residents in risk areas about how to prepare for the possibility of flooding:

  1. Flood Risk and Personal Preparedness
  2. Flooding: Am I in a Risk Area?
  3. Being Prepared: Flood Proofing Your Home and Family
  4. When Flooding Occurs
  5. Evacuating Your Home in Severe Flooding Conditions

Rural Culverts

Click here to download and print this picture.


Click here to watch a video that details how to properly prepare and use sandbags as a means of flood protection. Also be sure to visit details regarding Comox Valley sandbag locations. 

Water Flows and Reservoirs

Rivers and reservoirs are key to BC Hydro's generation system. Click here to access information on water use planning and the latest available data on reservoir levels and planned discharges of water.

Earthquake Preparedness

You can't prevent an earthquake; however, you can be prepared

  • to avoid injury,
  • to minimize damage to your home, and
  • to survive without help for at least 72 hours after an earthquake.

Preparing now could save your life! An earthquake could hit B.C. at any time; so, start preparing by developing your family emergency plan. This link to PreparedBC can help you prepare: Earthquakes.

The following provide details to help families prepare:

Recent Earthquake Activity in the Comox Valley

June 19, 2018: More than 150 tremors hit Vancouver Island in the last 24 hours

Tsunami Awareness

This map of Vancouver Island tsunami zones will help you respond to tsunami alerts and warnings. 

Go to for current tsunami information.

Click here to subscribe to receive tsunami alerts.

Comox Valley Fire Departments

Because they are generally the first to respond to any emergency, it is important that residents know the roles and capabilities of their local fire departments. The following are links to fire departments in the Comox Valley:


Disaster First Aid Stations (DFAS)

A DFAS is a medical clinic in the Comox Valley that has agreed to provide first aid and basic medical care to the public in the event of a major disaster. Click here to learn more.