Issue 16-195:Emergency Preparedness

October 14, 2016

In 2014, approximately nine in ten (86%) Canadians stated that winter storms (including blizzards, ice storms and extreme cold) were the most anticipated weather-related or natural disasters. This was the case across most provinces, with the exception of B.C., where more residents thought earthquakes were a potential risk.

British Columbians felt their communities were at greatest risk of facing earthquakes (77%) and wildfires or forest fires (59%), followed by winter storms (44%), floods (43%) and landslides or avalanches (35%).

Among the provinces, British Columbia had the largest proportion of individuals living in a household with an emergency exit plan (71%) and an emergency supply kit (55%).

Data Source: Statistics Canada