Emergency Preparedness

Emergency Preparedness


Emergency Management BC is supported by a well practiced and highly regarded structure that involves local communities developing Emergency Plans.  During major incidents or emergencies, these local plans are supported by responders and staff at the local level, supported in turn by the Province through Emergency Management BC. 


However, even the best of plans by your local government can only do so much.  It is up to you, the resident to follow three steps to Emergency Preparedness at home or at work.

  1. Know the Risk
  2. Make a Plan
  3. Get a Kit

There is some great information on Emergency Preparedness available.  It is recommended you start with either the Federal emergency preparedness home page, or the Provincial emergency preparedness home page.  Both sites provide great information on how you can be ready in the case of an emergency.


Canadian Red Cross - www.redcross.ca

Companion Animals - Pets and Livestock - for assisting with planning or evacuating companion animals, please call the Animal Lifeline Emergency Response Team - ALERT - 250 809 7152


If an Evacuation Order is put in place for your location, First Responders, such as Police, Fire, Search and Rescue, or local government staff, will come to your door or property to provide you the Order and information on where to register as an evacuee.




There is potential for Okanagan Lake to reach 200 year levels if the precipitation increases and the weather warms.  Snow pack levels (high elevations) are as high as 200% in some areas.  Residents will see high water in the river 80 to 90 cm right through the summer until the levels return to normal levels.


Sandbags: https://www.flickr.com/photos/emergencyinfobc/33423039345/

Before a flood: https://www.flickr.com/photos/emergencyinfobc/33267302262/in/photostream/

After a flood: https://www.flickr.com/photos/emergencyinfobc/33039930060/in/photostream/

Landslide indicators: https://www.flickr.com/photos/emergencyinfobc/33267301552/in/photostream/

Landslide hazard info; https://www.flickr.com/photos/emergencyinfobc/33423039005/in/photostream/


Tips for safety near floodwaters & preparing effective sandbags  https://news.gov.bc.ca/releases/2017TRAN0177-001194   


Please see the following link which is for a “What is ESS” video on the EMBC YouTube page. The video was created following the 2017 flood/wildfire season.


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