Emergency Preparedness

  Emergency Preparedness                                                        
Be Prepared.  Is Your Family Prepared?
 Have you ever thought about how to prepare for an emergency?  At home?  At work?  At school?
By taking an active role, you are helping to build a culture of preparedness in the event of an emergency or disaster.  Here are THREE SIMPLE STEPS to become better prepared to face a range of emergencies:
know the risks, make a plan, get a kit
Personal Preparedness
In most emergencies, bystanders or victims themselves are the first to provide emergency assistance or to perform rescues.  The reality is in a major disaster such as an earthquake or flood, communities and individuals will need to be self-sufficient for at least 72 hours as emergency personnel may become overwhelmed and may not be able to provide immediate assistance to all in need. As well, access to phones, gas, water, sewer and electrical services may be cut off.
How would you:
  • Look after your family for 72 hours?
  • Cope without power or tap water?
  • Contact your family and receive information?
The sooner you prepare yourself, your home, and your family the more resilient you will be when a disaster strikes.
Plan to participate in Emergency Preparedness Week, an annual event that takes place during the first full week of May.  This national event is coordinated by Public Safety Canada in conjunction with provincial, regional and local organizations and governments. 
For more information on Emergency Management in BC and to better understand the risk, make a plan and access resources available visit: 
Business Preparedness 
How would your business cope if a third of your employees couldn't come to work because of a pandemic flu? What if your local electricity or transport services were down for a week? Or if your main supplier was in an area affected by floods and could not deliver critical supplies?

Being prepared is critical for any business. Events such as the floods of 2007 have shown us that major emergencies can happen and they have a significant impact on business.

Business Continuity Plan

Creating a Business Continuity Plan (BCP) can help your business survive during and after a crisis.

What to consider in creating a Business Continuity Plan
  • Risk Assessment: Identify and prioritize potential business risks and disruptions
  • Business Impact Analysis (BIA): Define recovery assumptions, critical business processes and workflows, internal and external dependencies, and critical staff
  • Strategy and Plan Development: Synthesize Risk Assessment and Business Impact Analysis details to create department, division and site level plans
  • Plan Testing and Maintenance: Conducted every six months to help ensure new threats and business process changes are accurately represented in the plan and employees are effectively trained
Ask these 7 Questions on Business Preparedness:
1. Is your business impact tolerant?
2. Have you mitigated points of failure?
3. Are you and your staff prepared for Business interruptions?
4. Is your Contingency Plan documented and approved?
5. Have you reviewed your Plan with staff, suppliers and customers?
6. Is your Plan current and regularly tested?
7. Does your Plan insure timely resumption of critical business functions?
For more details click here. 
School Preparedness
If you are a parent, teacher or principal make sure your school and daycare providers have emergency response plans.
  • Ask how they will communicate with families during a crisis.
  • Ask if they store adequate food, water and other basic supplies.
  • Find out if they are prepared to "shelter-in-place" if need be, and where they plan to go if they must get away.
  • Ask how a parent or a guardian will access your child and what protocols are in place. Do you need picture ID?
Children are vulnerable when events or disasters occur. Please review the following links to help learn how to plan for and help children cope with a disaster: