Emergency management in B.C.
On average there are over 1,600 wildfires in B.C. each year. They have ecological benefits but can also threaten homes, businesses and infrastructure.
Get prepared for wildfires
Floods are common in B.C. and can damage buildings, cause power outages, disrupt transportation, create landslides and be a hazard for people.
Get prepared for flooding
Emergency management in British Columbia is guided by four pillars: Mitigation, Preparation, Response and Recovery. Learn how the province is involved in emergencies and find resources for your household, neighbourhood and community.
Prepared BC offers downloadable guides and fill-in-the-blank plans to help you prepare for emergencies.
Emergency management guidance and resources for Indigenous communities and local authorities, to plan and prepare for potential disasters.
Prepare or recover from a disaster:
- Know the hazards and make a plan
- Prepare emergency supplies
- Find guides and resources
- Learn what happens in an evacuation
- Financial assistance after a disaster
Education and awareness materials for hazards and preventable emergencies:
- General public education programs
- Resources for teachers
- Community events
- Social media kits
Emergency management for local communities:
- Make and maintain emergency plans
- Assessment and analysis tools
- Response operations guides and templates
- Recovery and post-disaster resources
- Emergency Support Services
- Funding for community response and recovery
- Training staff and volunteers
- Volunteer programs we work with
The Office of the Fire Commissioner (OFC) provides:
- Applicable legislation and codes
- Firefighter standards and training
- Fire incident reporting
- Local Assistant to the Fire Commissioner (LAFC)
- Fire service awards
Provincial level emergency management includes:
- Guiding legislation and policies
- Testing and exercising provincial plans
- Indigenous and other partnerships
Contact information for ministry programs and offices.