Emergency Response Planning


Agricultural producers, like all business managers, need to have a comprehensive strategy to manage the risks they face. The following emergency preparedness factsheet contains general information, along with disaster and industry-specific tips that can help you prepare for an emergency event:

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

Producer Associations

Agricultural producer associations can also be an important resource for emergency management for their members. Support that associations provide may include:

  • Developing prevention, mitigation, preparedness, response and recovery tools for their members
  • Distributing emergency related information during an incident
  • Representing their sector in an Emergency Operations Centre as subject matter experts

Producers should check in with their association for more information on what level and type of support they may be able to provide.

Local Authorities

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 preparedness, response and recovery measures.  In order to assist Local Authorities with planning for the agricultural aspects of emergencies, the ministry has developed the following template for their use:

Indigenous and First Nation Communities

Indigenous and First Nation governments are the first line of response in the event of an emergency on a reserve.  Indigenous and First Nations governments are responsible for creating and implementing emergency management plans to prepare their communities to cope with an emergency. The provincial and federal governments provide support to First Nations communities under various agreements to ensure First Nations reserve communities in the province receive emergency management support comparable to that which is provided to Local Authorities. In order to assist Indigenous and First Nations Communities with planning for the agricultural aspects of emergencies, the ministry has developed the following template for their use:

General information about emergency preparedness, response and recovery is available through EMBC:

Provincial Government – Ministry of Agriculture

The ministry has developed and maintains an overarching emergency management plan that outlines how the ministry will deliver on its responsibilities for emergency management in the province.

In partnership with the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (the lead federal agency for foreign animal disease incidents) and with the support of several other key provincial ministries, the ministry has developed and maintains the B.C. Foreign Animal Disease Emergency Support Plan (FADES) that guides the response to FAD incidents in the province.

Additional information on provincial emergency response planning can be found on the Emergency Management B.C. (EMBC) website.EMBC is the designated provincial agency responsible for the overall coordination of emergency management in the province.

Federal Government

Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC) and the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) lead the response for certain types of emergencies impacting agriculture, such as the response to specific diseases or pests, and national or regional scale events.  These agencies may also provide support for other types of emergencies impacting the agricultural sector such as localized extreme weather events.  These agencies also address issues such as market access and impacts to the agricultural sector including recovery from emergency events.  More information can be found on their emergency management websites: