Emergency Preparedness

Agriculture faces many risks. Emergencies and disasters like wildfires, droughts, floods and disease can occur with little warning and these situations could have devastating consequences.

Local authorities (municipalities and regional districts) are the lead agencies for emergencies within their jurisdiction and are also required to establish and maintain emergency management organizations to develop and implement emergency plans and other preparedness, response and recovery measures.  Agricultural producers, like all business managers, need to have a comprehensive strategy to manage the risks they face.

Response Plan

Industry and primary producers are responsible for developing their own emergency response plans in advance of an emergency, including relocating livestock.  Local authorities are the lead agencies for emergencies within their jurisdiction and will act first in response to emergencies involving animals where producers require assistance.

Local authorities in British Columbia include municipalities and regional districts. Every local authority is required under Section 6 of the Emergency Program Act (EPA) to develop, test, and implement local emergency plans for response to emergencies within their jurisdiction.  Local authorities are also required to establish and maintain emergency management organizations to develop and implement emergency plans and other preparedness, response and recovery measures.

Emergency Preparedness Tips

The following emergency preparedness factsheet contains general information, along with disaster and industry specific tips that help you prepare for an emergency event:

Emergency Management Guides

Industry-specific guides provide educational materials on various natural and human-caused threats to farms. The guides are an opportunity to be prepared, to mitigate impacts and to tailor responses that a farm would follow in the event of any such emergency.

Business Insurance and Risk Management

It is the farm manager’s responsibility to be aware of the risks they are exposed to. Emergencies and disasters can result in substantial material losses.  Learn about programs that can protect agricultural producers against the financial impact of a disaster:

Livestock Relocation

Relocation of livestock may be necessary in the case of an emergency. Learn about the role of local authorities and First Nations during an emergency response, as well as planning for evacuation, reimbursement of relocation and qualifying for response costs.

Animal Disease Emergency Support

Learn more about potential hazards and emergency response below:

Flood Preparedness

Learn how to prepare for a flood, protect your farm, respond and stay safe during a flood:

Wildfire

Fire is a common threat for farms in British Columbia. For information on wildfires, provincial danger ratings and forest restrictions please go to the following website:

Report an Emergency

To report an emergency
1-800-663-3456

For provincial Emergency Management contacts, local Emergency Operations Centre or your closest B.C. Emergency Management Office:

Report a Wildfire

1-800-663-5555 or *5555 on most cellular networks

Insurance and Income Protection

Drought

Useful Contacts

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