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.
Information on Emergency Preparedness is 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.
Watch the following video “What is ESS” The video was created following the 2017 flood/wildfire season.
To learn about volunteering for Emergency Support Services in case of an evacuation go to https://oliver.ca/volunteer-opportunities/.