Failing to Plan


Planning to Fail


Good planning is the key to success in many things in life, and being ready to care for ourselves and our families following an emergency is one area where planning can make a life-altering difference.

The Comox Valley Emergency Program functions in partnership with Comox, Courtenay, Cumberland, and the Comox Valley Regional District to provide coordinated emergency programming to the entire valley.

The purpose of integrating the emergency program is to ensure that each area's transcend geographic and political borders.

The Comox Valley Emergency Program Planning Committee is made up of representatives of all emergency responding agencies working together to develop and maintain the program and the plan. The program is managed by the Emergency Program Coordinator.

The program is responsible for emergency preparedness, mitigation, response, and recovery for the collective community.

In addition to government planning for emergencies, it is essential that we, as individuals, plan for our own safety, survival, and disaster recovery. The Public Safety Canada publication, Your Emergency Preparedness Guide, is an excellent reference to help you prepare.

Personal Emergency Preparedness (PEP) and Neighbourhood Emergency Preparedness Program (NEPP) courses are held throughout the year to train people to be self sufficient for at least 72 hours.
Click here to find out when training is available in the Comox Valley.


Emergency Preparedness Workshop-Fall 2015

Are you READY?

After a major disaster, it is probable that regular Emergency Services will not be able to respond for an estimated 72 hours.

Why do you need to PREPARE?

It is vital that you and your neighbors are able to rely on each other. Experience shows that after a major disaster your most reliable source of help is your neighbors. This is especially true if you have prepared beforehand. Once your neighborhood is prepared, you will be able to help each other in a real way to cope with emergency situations. Unlike fire or crime, there is nothing we can do to prevent a natural disaster from happening. WE CAN BE PREPARED for it when it does happen.

Personal Emergency Preparedness

We are offering special free sessions during Emergency Preparedness Week.
Click here to find out when training is available in the Comox Valley.

How can you particpate further?

Join the Comox Valley Neighborhood Emergency Preparedness Program and learn how to prepare yourself, family and neighborhood to know what to do in an emergency. As a member of your Neighborhood Team, you will learn about:

If you want to join the team or learn more about Personal Emergency Preparedness training or the Neighborhood Emergency Preparedness Program project, call or e-mail the Program Coordinator at 250-334-8890 or

ShakeOutBC 2015

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