Information and Links

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.

For information about how to organize a Personal Emergency Preparedness briefing for your community or neighborhood, call our office (250-334-8890). In the meantime, download In It Together: Neighbourhood Preparedness Guide and get started.

Flood Preparedness

These 5 info fact sheets (pdf) will help inform residents in risk areas about how to prepare for the possibility of flooding:

  1. Flood Risk and Personal Preparedness,
  2. Flooding: Am I in a Risk Area?,
  3. Being Prepared: Flood Proofing Your Home and Family,
  4. When Flooding Occurs, and
  5. 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.

Water Flows and Reservoirs. Rivers and reservoirs are key to BC Hydro's generation system. Click here to access information on water use planning and the latest available data on reservoir levels and planned discharges of water.

Earthquake Preparedness Information

You can't prevent an earthquake; however, you can be prepared

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:

Tsunami Awareness

This map of Vancouver Island tsunami zones will help you respond to tsunami alerts and warnings.

Click on the image for a printable version of the map.

Go to for current tsunami information.

Click here to subscribe to receive tsunami alerts.

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:

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 to learn more.

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:

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.


Emergency preparedness supplies such as First Aid kits and supplies for your home and business are available through a number of sources.

Living Water Smart

Living Water Smart is a BC government site designed to help residents plan and prepare during periods of water shortage.

Using Technology During a Disaster

We rely on technology more and more to keep in touch with our family, friends, and colleagues with a click of a button. But what happens in the event of a major emergency? Suddenly these tools can become vital in helping you and your family deal get in touch and stay informed. So here are some tips on the use of technology in an emergency:

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