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.
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.
The following emergency preparedness factsheet contains general information, along with disaster and industry specific tips that help you prepare for an emergency event:
- Emergency Preparedness Tips January 2016 (PDF)
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.
- Emergency Management Guide for B.C. Small Mixed Farms (PDF, 3.4 MB)
- BC Pork Emergency Guide March 2015 (PDF, 6.0 MB)
- Beef Emergency Guide March 2014 (PDF, 6.0 MB)
- Dairy Emergency Guide March 2014 (PDF, 2.0 MB)
- Poultry Emergency Guide September 2017 (PDF, 2.2 MB)
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:
- Business Insurance and Risk Management Tools for Agriculture June 2015 (PDF)
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:
Learn how to prepare for a flood, protect your farm, respond and stay safe during a flood:
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: