Get prepared in high-risk communities
Help keep your family safe by preparing in advance for a potential evacuation alert or order: develop a household plan, put together an emergency kit and connect with your neighbours.
In stressful circumstances, the most important thing to remember is to stay calm, listen to local public officials, and if possible, access online social media channels like Twitter or your local government website for information updates. [ Learn More ]
Get a complete list of impacted highways and closure information at www.drivebc.ca.
BC Ferries is providing complimentary prearranged travel support for people evacuating the wildfires in the B.C. Interior. Evacuees from officially evacuated areas are asked to please contact 1-888-BCFERRY (1-888-223-3779) to secure their booking. Special emergency management teams at BC Ferries Customer Service Centre are standing by to take calls.
Forest fire smoke is a complex and dynamic mixture of gases and very small particles that can irritate the respiratory system and cause systemic inflammation. This will be an ongoing concern as air quality in affected areas may be variable for days or weeks.
Advice to minimize health effects:
- If you have a chronic condition, have rescue medication on hand at all times and a plan to follow if your rescue medication cannot bring your condition under control.
- Look for indoor environments that might be less smoky, such as shopping malls, community centres and libraries.
- Avoid physical exertion because the amount of smoke you breathe increases as your breathing rate increases.
- Keep hydrated as it helps your body deal with inflammation.
If you are feeling unwell, remember you can call 8-1-1, a free-of-charge provincial health information and advice phone line available in British Columbia. If you or a loved one is experiencing a medical emergency, please call 9-1-1.
For more information visit: HealthlinkBC.ca
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. [ Learn More ]
For information about preparing non-commercial livestock and pets visit: http://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/safety/emergency-preparedness-response-recovery/preparedbc/prepare-your-pets.