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 for Your Family
Each year, thousands of people face emergency situations that could change their lives forever. Don't be caught off-guard. Know the hazards in your area and take the time to assemble your family emergency kit. During an emergency, you and your family could be on your own for an extended period of time. Emergency services may not be readily available, as increasing demands are placed on responders. Therefore, it may take emergency workers some time to get to you as they help those in most critical need. As well, access to phones, gas, water, sewer, and electrical services may be cut off. Learning how to be personally prepared is vital.
Download a variety of guides and other information from PreparedBC by visiting their website.
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.
Local Fire Departments
Because they are generally the first to respond to any emergency, it is important that residents know the roles and capabilities of their local fire departments. The following are links to fire departments in the Comox Valley:
Emergency preparedness supplies such as 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 (St. John Ambulance website)
Community Flood Preparedness
These 5 info fact sheets (pdf) will help inform residents in risk areas about how to prepare for the possibility of flooding:
- Flood Risk and Personal Preparedness,
- Flooding: Am I in a Risk Area?,
- Being Prepared: Flood Proofing Your Home and Family,
- When Flooding Occurs, and
- Evacuating Your Home in Severe Flooding Conditions.
Sandbagging. Click here to watch a video that details how to properly prepare and use sandbags as a means of flood protection.
Earthquake Preparedness Information
You can't prevent an earthquake; however, you can be prepared
- to avoid injury,
- to minimize damage to your home, and
- to survive without help for at least 72 hours after an earthquake.
Preparing now could save your life! An earthquake could hit B.C. at any time; so, start preparing by developing your family emergency plan. This link to PreparedBC can help you prepare: Earthquakes.The following provide details to help families prepare:
- Household Emergency Plan from PreparedBC
- Earthquake Survival Guide from Start Local,
- Home Preparedness - What to do in an Earthquake from US Insurance Net, and
- Earthquake Safety Tips: A Comprehensive Resource from Compliance and Safety LLC.
Helping First Responders Help You
First responders and emergency crews can't help you if they can't find you. Reflective
address signs make a big difference.
Visit www.911reflectivesign.ca to learn more.
- Emergency Management BC (formerly PEP) information and resources-http://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/safety/emergency-preparedness-response-recovery
- Emergency Social Services website-http://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/safety/emergency-preparedness-response-recovery/volunteers/emergency-social-services
- Public Safety Canada-http://publicsafety.gc.ca/
- Prepare your tourism operation using the information provided at http://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/safety/emergency-preparedness-response-recovery/preparedbc/travelsafe/tourism-operators.
- Flood Ready from Public Safety Canada-https://www.canada.ca/en/campaign/flood-ready.html?utm_source=Canada&utm_medium=canada-feature&utm_campaign=fld-rdy
- Emergency Preparedness Information from Fortis-Canadian Government information on emergency preparedness-www.getprepared.ca
- Safety Information from BC Hydro-http://www.bchydro.com/safety
- For another look at earthquake preparedness and some interesting facts about earthquakes, click http://ammo.com/articles/earthquake-disaster-preparedness
- Environment Canada Weather Alerts for BC-https://weather.gc.ca/warnings/index_e.html?prov=bc
- Canadian Government information on emergency preparedness-www.getprepared.ca
- Vancouver Island Health Authority Boil Water Advisory-www.viha.ca/mho/water/boil_water
- Global Incident Maps-http://www.globalincidentmap.com/
- Community of Oyster River Evacuation Operational Guideline
- Following a disaster, the provincial government may declare the event eligible for Disaster Financial Assistance (DFA). To learn more go to http://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/safety/emergency-preparedness-response-recovery/emergency-response-and-recovery/disaster-financial-assistance.
- Noting that the processes outlined are based on a model in England, Essential Guide to Flood Preparation and Planning provides information that is also relevant to local concerns.
- The American Red Cross maintains a very detailed library of emergency/disaster response information at http://www.redcross.org/prepare/disaster-safety-library
- The US National Tsunami Warning Centre