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Get Prepared

Emergency Preparedness Week: May 2-8, 2021

Emergencies are not stress-less; but, we can help you stress less. Getting your household or business prepared can be free and easy.

You Do 72!

Emergencies can happen at any time, often with little or no warning. When disaster does strike, it may take emergency workers some time to restore services or provide aid. You should be prepared to take care of yourself and your family for a minimum of 72 hours. Begin in a small way, gradually building your preparedness. 

  • 72 hours
  • 7 days
  • 2 weeks

By taking steps today, you will be able to act quickly, and be ready to take care of yourself and your family. Here's where to start: 

Follow the steps below to get prepared at home, work, and in your neighbourhood.

Know The Risks

Know the Risks

Learn about and prepare for the hazards that put you at risk where you live, work, and play. Understanding the risks is the first step in becoming prepared.

Hazards A to Z

The following list contains the natural risks and other hazards regularly monitored by the British Columbia Provincial Emergency Program.

Complete a hazard hunt to make your home and workplace safer.

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Make A Plan

Make a Plan

Emergencies can happen when we least expect them, and often when families are not together. Having an emergency plan for all parts of your life will save time and make real situations less stressful.

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Get A Kit

Get a Kit

In case of a major event, you will need some basic supplies and equipment set aside and easily accessible. Many emergency kit items may already be in your home. It's just a question of taking some time and putting them together as your emergency kit.

Use the checklists in the sections below in your preferred language.

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Shelter-In-Place

Shelter-in-Place

During certain types of emergencies — such as the release of a hazardous substance, fire or earthquake — you may be asked to shelter-in-place. This means you would stay safely indoors until any danger has passed.

Shelter-in-Place has been shown to be the most effective personal protective response action to take during the first few hours of an emergency incident where the public would be at higher risk by being outdoors. The goal of Shelter-in-Place is to reduce the movement of air into and out of a building until either the hazard has passed or other appropriate emergency actions can be taken.

6 Steps to Shelter-In-Place

Your safety is important! If you are notified to shelter-in-place or feel it is the best personal protective response action to take, please follow the steps below and stay inside until the Shelter-In-Place Advisory is lifted or you are directed to take other emergency actions by officials.

Watch our video to learn the six steps to shelter-in-place. Print our Shelter-In-Place Information Sheet to keep a copy with your emergency supplies.

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