Emergency Preparedness Resources
Information about preparing for a variety of emergency situations:
CVRD Plans and Guidelines
Emergency Management Recources
- NEW Earthquake Early Warning System (Rapid detection of earthquakes)
- Alert Ready (Canada's Emergency Alert System)
- Disaster preparedness from Ready.gov (Tips from the US Department of Homeland Security)
- Emergency Management BC (EMBC) (Links to EMBC information)
- Emergency preparedness for your pets
- Emergency Preparedness Workbook 2017 (Prepared by Mid-Island Emergency Coordinators & Managers)
- My Emergency Management Resources (On-line training resources from EMBC)
- PreparedBC (One-stop shop for disaster-readiness information)
Weather and Flooding
- Sandbag dike tips
- Weather Canada app (Recieve weather alerts wherever you are in Canada)
- BC Hydro: be prepared for a power outage
- BC Hydro: downed lines
- BC Hydro: outages and safety
- BC Hydro: power outage map
- FortisBC: earthquake safety
- FortisBC: emergency preparedness
- FireSmart Manual: protect your home from wildfire
- Public Health Impacts of Wildfire Smoke
- Wildfire Management Branch: wildfire preparedness guide
- Wildfire Management Branch: wildfire prevention for your home and community
Living Water Smart
Living Water Smart is a BC government site designed to help residents plan and prepare during periods of water shortage.
Emergency preparedness supplies such as; Family Emergency kits, Grab & Go backbacks, First Aid kits and supplies for your home and business are available through a number of sources.
- St. John Ambulance—Comox Valley Branch: 1742 Cliffe Avenue, Suite 84, Courtenay
- Red Cross— available Online only
Local business that sell outdoor supplies e.g. Canadian Tire
During/After an Emergency
Information about how to respond during or after emergency situations:
- Disaster Recovery Guide (Tips from the BC Ministry of Public Safety and Solicitor General)
- Cleaning up after a flood (Tips from EMBC)
- Disaster Financial Assistance (Post-disaster compensation for non-insurable damages)
Business/Critical Services Continuity Planning
Many organizations-businesses, governments, not-for-profit institutions, and non-governmental organizations-must be prepared to deliver products and services during an emergency or crisis event to satisfy needs both internal to the organization and to the public or community at large. It is critical, therefore, that these organizations have plans in place that will lead them to being able to continue operating during the event. Having a BCP enhances an organization's image with employees, shareholders, and customers by demonstrating a proactive attitude. Additional benefits include improvement in overall organizational efficiency and identifying the relationship of assets and human and financial resources to critical services and deliverables.
A Business/Critical Services Continuity Plan includes:
- plans, measures and arrangements to ensure the continuous delivery of critical services and products, which permits the organization to recover its facility, data and assets, and
- identification of necessary resources to support business continuity, including- personnel, information, equipment, financial allocations, legal counsel, infrastructure protection and accommodations.
Click here to visit Public Safety Canada's overview of Business Continuity Planning. Click here to download a template (MSWord) to help you develop a Business Continuity Plan for your enterprise.
Using Technology During a Disaster
We rely on technology more and more to keep in touch with our family, friends, and colleagues with a click of a button. But what happens in the event of a major emergency? Suddenly these tools can become vital in helping you and your family deal get in touch and stay informed. So here are some tips on the use of technology in an emergency:
- If possible, use non-voice channels like text messaging, email or social media. These use less bandwidth than voice communications and may work even when phone service doesn't.
- If you must use a phone, keep your conversation brief and convey only vital information to emergency personnel and/or family. This will also conserve your phone's battery.
- Unable to complete a call? Wait 10 seconds before redialing to help reduce network congestion. Note, cordless phones rely on electricity and will not work during a power outage. If you have a landline, keep at least one corded phone in your home.
- Keep extra batteries or a charger for your mobile device in your emergency kit. Consider getting a solar-powered, crank, or vehicle phone charger. If you don't have a cell phone, keep a prepaid phone card in your emergency kit.
- Keep your contacts up to date on your phone, email and other channels. This will make it easier to reach important contacts, such as friends, family, neighbours, child's school, or insurance agent.
- If you have a smartphone, save your safe meeting location(s) on its mapping application.
- Conserve your smartphone's battery by reducing the screen's brightness, placing your phone in airplane mode, and closing apps you are not using. You never know how long a power outage will last!
Current locations of sandbags within the CVRD (no charge unless noted)
During periods of potential flooding, these sites should have sand and sandbags available 24 hours a day. You are required to fill your own bags. Please come prepared to fill your own.