Wildfire ready social media package

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 Wildfires occur across the province every year, from both natural and human causes. Sometimes wildfires occur away from communities and infrastructure, with benefits to the ecological landscape. Other times they threaten homes, businesses and vital infrastructure.

Preparing for wildfires is an important step toward building resilient communities. To help, Prepared BC has created an easy-to-use social media package with pre-written content and a supporting graphic. 

Post this content directly to your own social media channels or follow @PreparedBC on Facebook and Twitter to share our tweets and posts!

Instructions for posting

  • Copy-and-paste the content below in a new Twitter or Facebook post
  • Download, then attach the wildfire preparedness graphic below. The graphic works on both Twitter and Facebook
  • Option: add information, photos and hashtags specific to your community
  • Links and tagged accounts can be tricky, make sure to check they work before you post

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The first step to getting prepared is knowing the hazards in your area. If you’re at risk of a #BCWildfire make a plan & build a grab-and-go bag before one gets close to home. Learn more at preparedbc.ca/wildfires 


The @PreparedBC Wildfire Preparedness Guide is a must-read for anyone facing a potential #BCWildfire. Download it at preparedbc.ca/wildfires


Many wildfires are human-caused and therefore preventable. Be part of the solution by obeying fire bans and restrictions: http://ow.ly/NV6k30qBReI Report all wildfires to *5555 or 1-800-663-5555 #BCWildfire 


Making your home and property #FireSmart can help decrease the intensity and slow the spread of a #BCWildfire. Get started with the @BCFireSmart home assessment: http://ow.ly/VmB030qDrsy 


Know your trees! Some, like pines, are more flammable than others and shouldn’t be planted close to your home. Get more #FireSmart tips at http://ow.ly/IhZt30qBvtx 


Preparing for a potential #BCWildfire? Start with a conversation at home. Talk about how you’ll communicate with each other and where you’ll meet if you get separated. Get started: preparedbc.ca/emergencyplan #BCWildfire


When choosing an emergency meeting place, consider a virtual one too! Create a closed Facebook group for everyone in your home to check in during an emergency. Learn more: preparedbc.ca/emergencyplan #BCWildfire


Nearly half of all wildfires in B.C. are human-caused. You can prevent them by always checking for bans and restrictions and camping responsibly. Learn how at http://ow.ly/2b8T30qHr9N 


If a #BCWildfire threatens your home, you may need to leave quickly. Take time now to build grab-and-go bags for every family member. Once you have the basics, consider additional needs and customize each bag. Learn more: preparedbc.ca/wildfires


As the weather warms up, so does #BCWildfire season. Get ready by making grab-and-go bags for each member of your household. Be sure to pack everything you’ll need if you need to evacuate. Learn more: preparedbc.ca/wildfires


Don’t forget your pets when preparing for a potential #BCWildfire. Start by adding their name, breed, vaccination history and a photo to your emergency plan. Check out the PreparedBC pet guide for more: http://ow.ly/mRMJ30qjnum  


How will you get info about a #BCWildfire in your area? Start by contacting your local authority to find out where they’ll share alerts and instructions. #KnowYourSources 
Tip: Edit this post and list what channels your office will use to share information.


#DYK? Home insurance policies in B.C. cover fire damage and losses. As part of your #BCWildfire prep, call your insurance representative to discuss your coverage or contact the Insurance Bureau of Canada at 1-844-227-5422. Learn more at preparedbc.ca/wildfires


Under #BCWildfire evacuation alert? Now is the time to unplug all non-essential electrical appliances. @techsafetyBC has more safety tips at http://ow.ly/NUZh30qHrqZ


Are you in an area at risk of a #BCWildfire? Here’s what @techsafetyBC wants you to know about gas and electrical equipment safety: http://ow.ly/uhBT30qFIKm  

If you are facing a #BCWildfire, get the latest provincial updates from @EmergencyInfoBC & @BCGovFireInfo. For local information follow
TIP: Link to the places where you post the latest news and updates. Include your website and social media accounts if you have them. 


If you receive an Evacuation Order, be sure to remove any portable propane cylinders & unplug non-essential electrical appliances. More wildfire safety tips from @techsafetyBC. #BCWildfire


Know the difference between an Evacuation Alert and Order if there’s risk of a #BCWildfire in your area. There are specific steps for each. Learn more: http://ow.ly/vXb130qBPBB 


An Evacuation Alert means you must be ready to leave at a moment’s notice. Ensure all members of your household have a grab-and-go bag packed. Details here: preparedbc.ca/wildfires #BCWildfire


If you are under an Evacuation Alert, be ready to leave at a moment’s notice. Remember to park your vehicle forward-facing in case you must evacuate quickly. Learn more: preparedbc.ca/wildfires


Wildfire smoke is harmful to everyone - more so to vulnerable populations. Reduce exposure with these tips: http://ow.ly/3vCh30qBRyz #BCWildfire


Wildfires can be frightening, especially for children. Help keep stress down with these tips and mental health supports: http://ow.ly/3vCh30qBRyz 


For your own safety, do not stay behind if an #Evacuation Order is issued.

Evacuation routes can change or become impassable due to wildfire behaviour. Changing visibility and weather conditions can also cause confusion and pose risks. http://ow.ly/mz6x30rNEub #BCWildfire


Most people in #BC have never experienced an active #BCWildfire or Evacuation Order. It can be disorienting.

Make it less stressful by creating a home evacuation plan, making grab-and-go bags, and talking with your family and neighbours. 

Learn more: www.preparedbc.ca/wildfires


If you receive an #Evacuation Order, keep yourself and your community safe by following it.

Choosing to remain in an area under Evacuation Order puts yourself, your family, and first responders in danger. It’s not worth the risk. http://ow.ly/mz6x30rNEub  #BCWildfire

After a wildfire, you must wait until your local authority has rescinded an Evacuation Order before you can return home. Stay tuned in case of further evacuation Alerts or Orders. Preparedbc.ca/wildfires #BCWildfire


Returning home after a wildfire is difficult. The @PreparedBC Wildfire Preparedness Guide can help you manage and keep track of important tasks ahead. http://ow.ly/KGpH30qC6GT  #BCWildfire


If your home has been damaged by wildfire, take pictures of the damage and inventory damaged items. Contact your insurance provider for details on the claims process. Details: http://ow.ly/UTDx30qDt8z


Learn how to safely return home after a #BCWildfire by reading 'Recovering After a Wildfire’ from @PreparedBC: http://ow.ly/KGpH30qC6GT 


When returning home after a wildfire do not plug in or turn on any electrical or gas equipment waterlogged from firefighting activities. Follow @techsafetyBC for more #BCWildfire safety tips. 


Returning home after #BCWildfire? Read these 5 gas and electrical safety tips from @techsafetyBC before entering your home: http://ow.ly/tC2p30qFv3N 

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The first step to getting prepared is learning what hazards could occur where you live. If you’re at risk of a wildfire, make an emergency plan for your household and build grab-and-go bags for each person you live with.

Get started at preparedbc.ca/wildfires 


The Prepared BC Wildfire Preparedness Guide is a must-read for anyone facing a potential wildfire this summer. Download it at preparedbc.ca/wildfires and start getting ready today. 


Many wildfires are human-caused and therefore preventable. 
Be part of the solution by obeying fire restrictions: http://ow.ly/vQfh30qHrI6 

Preventing wildfires is everyone’s responsibility. Report wildfires to *5555 or 1-800-663-5555.


Making your home and property FireSmart can help decrease the intensity and slow the spread of a wildfire. Taking basic steps today can significantly reduce the risk to your home and property.

Get started with the FireSmartBC home assessment: http://ow.ly/mStp30qHrGm


Know your trees! Some, like pines, are more flammable and shouldn’t be planted close to your home.  

If you do plant pines on your property, consider interspersing them with deciduous trees, such as birch and aspen which are less flammable.

Learn more from Fire Smart BC about how landscaping choices can help make your property Fire Smart: http://ow.ly/sEO530qHrFl


Preparing for a potential wildfire? Start by having a conversation at home. Talk about how you’ll communicate with each other and where you’ll meet if you can't return home during an emergency. 

Emergency planning doesn’t have to be complicated.
Get started at: preparedbc.ca/emergencyplan 


When choosing an emergency meeting place consider a virtual one too! Create a closed Facebook group for everyone in your home to check in during an emergency. 

Don’t forget to add your emergency contacts to your phone, and make sure everyone includes an out-of-province contact. Learn more at preparedbc.ca/emergencyplan


Nearly half of all wildfires in B.C. are human-caused and therefore preventable. You can prevent them by following a few simple rules: 

✔️  Check for bans and restrictions

✔️  Campfires can’t be larger than 0.5 metres high by 0.5 metres wide

✔️  Keep a shovel or 8L of water nearby to extinguish your fire

✔️  Create a fuel break around your fire

✔️  Never leave a campfire unattended!

✔️  Ensure your campfire is completely out and the ashes cool to touch before you leave

Call 1-800-663-5555 or *5555 on your cell if you spot smoke, flames or an unattended campfire. For safe camping guidelines in-park and backcountry, visit @YourBCParks: http://ow.ly/n0BK30qHrW3


If a wildfire threatens your home, you may need to leave quickly. Take time now to build grab-and-go bags for each family member. This list will get you started:

✔️    Food and water

✔️    Phone charger and battery bank

✔️    Small battery-powered or hand-crank radio

✔️    Battery-powered or hand-crank flashlight 

✔️    Small first-aid kit and personal medications

✔️    Personal toiletries and items, such as an extra pair of glasses or contact lenses

✔️    Copy of your emergency plan, copies of important documents, such as insurance papers

✔️    Seasonal clothing and an emergency blanket

Get the full recommended list at preparedbc.ca/grab-and-go. Once you’ve got the basics, customize each person’s bag to meet their needs, such as medications and comfort items. 


As wildfire season in B.C. gets closer, get ready by making grab-and-go bags for each member of your household. Be sure to pack everything you'll need if you have to evacuate and be sure to store them in an accessible location so they can be grabbed quickly.

Learn more about preparing for wildfires at preparedbc.ca/wildfires


Don’t forget your pets when preparing for a potential wildfire. Start by adding their name, breed, vaccination history and photo to your emergency plan. Make sure your furry family members have a grab-and-go bag too! If you have to evacuate, they’ll need:

✔️    Food, water and treats 

✔️    Leash, harness and carrier

✔️    Medications 

✔️    Comfort items, like a special toy 

Read the Prepared BC pet guide to learn more: http://ow.ly/t8fC30qHs8R


How will you get info about a wildfire in your area? Start by contacting your local authority to find out where they’ll share alerts and instructions. 
Tip: Edit this post and list what channels your office will use to share information.


Do you know what your home insurance covers in case of wildfire? As part of your wildfire preparedness, call your insurance representative to discuss your coverage. 
Want to learn more about fire insurance in Canada? Contact the Insurance Bureau of Canada at 1-844-227-5422.

Learn more about preparing for wildfires at preparedbc.ca/wildfires 


Wildfire season is just around the corner. If your area is at risk of wildfire, Technical Safety BC has 5 safety tips for how you can prepare your home before leaving.

  1. Unplug non-essential electrical appliances
  2. Remove portable propane cylinders
  3. Ensure that all valves and power knobs on appliances and systems are turned off
  4. Natural gas provided by Fortis BC or Pacific Northern Gas: Do not shut off your natural gas. Your supplier will shut it off if required
  5. If gas is provided by another supplier or you have propane: Shut off the main gas supply upstream of the gas meter or at the propane tank or cylinder

Check out these quick tips and important gas & electrical safety precautions at: www.technicalsafetybc.ca  

Trusted sources of information are vital to staying safe during a wildfire. Get the latest local and regional updates here:
TIP: Link to the places where you post the latest news and updates. Include your website and social media accounts if you have them. 

 Then make sure to follow:

✔️    @EmergencyInfoBC on Twitter for provincial public safety information

✔️    BC Wildfire Service for regular wildfire activity updates


On Evacuation Order? If your natural gas is provided by Fortis BC or Pacific Northern Gas, they will shut it off if required. Don't tackle it yourself. If gas is provided by another supplier or you have propane, shut off the main gas supply upstream of the gas meter or at the propane tank or cylinder.  

For more safety tips, visit Technical Safety BC. http://ow.ly/ILsy30qHt1O


Know the difference between an Evacuation Alert and Order if there’s risk of a #BCWildfire in your area. 

Evacuation Alert: It's time to get prepared to leave on short notice. Get your grab-and-go bags ready.
Evacuation Order: You are at risk. Leave the area immediately.
Learn more at: preparedbc.ca/wildfires 


An Evacuation Alert in your area means you must be ready to leave at a moment’s notice. Ensure all members of your household have a grab-and-go bag packed and tailored to their needs. Things to include:

✔️    Food and water

✔️    Toiletry items and personal medications

✔️    Phone charger and battery bank

✔️    A copy of your emergency plan and contacts, and important documents, such as insurance papers

✔️    Seasonal clothing 

Get the complete list at: preparedbc.ca/wildfires 


If you are under an Evacuation Alert:

  1.    Have grab-and-go bags packed for all members of your household, including pets
  2.    Park your vehicle forward-facing so you can drive away quickly
  3.    Move all fuel sources at least 10 metres from your house. This includes items like firewood, furniture and propane tanks

Learn more at: preparedbc.ca/wildfires  


Wildfire smoke is harmful to everyone, even more so to vulnerable populations. The best way to protect yourself is to limit exposure. These basic steps can help:

✔️    Stay indoors and keep the air clean (windows/doors closed, no smoking, no burning fireplaces/candles/incense, no vacuuming)

✔️    When in a vehicle, keep windows closed with air conditioning set to recirculate

✔️    Reduce time spent outdoors and avoid vigorous outdoor activities

✔️    Visit places with a controlled air supply, such as shopping malls, swimming pools, or public libraries

For more detailed recommendations check out ‘Wildfire Smoke and Your Health’ at preparedbc.ca/wildfires


Wildfire season can be stressful, especially for communities that have been impacted before. Take good care for your mental and physical health by following a few basic guidelines. 

✔️    Limit your exposure to wildfire media coverage; viewing traumatic images can be overwhelming and make it harder to think clearly

✔️    Maintain a daily routine as much as possible

✔️    Get enough sleep, eat nutritious foods and stay hydrated

✔️    Be kind and patient with yourself and others

✔️    Seek support when you need it. If you’re feeling sad, mad or confused—or even feeling nothing at all—reach out to others for help

For more detailed information, visit Prepared BC’s Natural Disaster Health page: http://ow.ly/cUmR30qDt0C


If you receive an Evacuation Order, keep yourself and your community safe by following it.

Choosing to remain in an area under Evacuation Order puts yourself, your family, and first responders in danger. It’s not worth the risk.

http://ow.ly/mz6x30rNEub


Most people in B.C. have never experienced an active wildfire or Evacuation Order. These situations can be disorienting and confusing.

Make it less stressful by creating a home evacuation plan, making grab-and-go bags, and talking to your family, friends and neighbours.

Learn more: www.preparedbc.ca/wildfires


For your own safety, do not stay behind if an Evacuation Order is issued.

Evacuation routes can change or become impassable due to a wildfire’s behaviour. Changing visibility and weather conditions can also create confusion and pose additional risks.

http://ow.ly/mz6x30rNEub

Once officials determine a wildfire threat has passed, Evacuation Orders will be rescinded and you can return home. Do not attempt to return home until the Evacuation Order for your area is lifted. Continue to stay tuned for other possible Evacuation Alerts or Orders.

Learn more: Preparedbc.ca/wildfires


Returning home after a wildfire is difficult. It can be hard to handle how your community appears, and there are many important things to do. Safety should be your top priority.

The PreparedBC Wildfire Preparedness Guide can help you prepare for and keep track of important tasks ahead. http://ow.ly/KGpH30qC6GT 


If your home has been damaged by wildfire, it’s important to document as much of the damage as possible before beginning to clean. Wherever possible, try to:

✔️    Assemble proofs-of-purchase, receipts and warranties for damaged items

✔️    Keep all of your receipts for clean-up, expenses during evacuation, and other items

✔️    Take photos and keep damaged items if they're not a safety risk

Learn more: http://ow.ly/UTDx30qDt8z


It can be hard to know where to start after a wildfire. Before you return home, read Prepared BC's Wildfire Preparedness Guide. It will help prepare you for:

✔️    Safely re-entering your home

✔️    Cleaning and repairing your home

✔️    Claiming insurance

✔️    Taking care of yourself both mentally and physically

Learn more: http://ow.ly/KGpH30qC6GT   


When returning home after a wildfire, if you smell rotten eggs, leave the area immediately and call your gas utility, propane supplier or 911. For more gas and electrical safety tips, visit the Technical Safety BC website at http://ow.ly/GpsP30qHu4X


Returning home after a wildfire? Follow these 5 gas and electrical safety tips from Technical Safety BC.

  1.     Wait for instructions to enter your home
  2.     Know the re-connection requirements
  3.     Be appliance aware
  4.     Use a licensed contractor
  5.     If in doubt, get out

Details on these tips and more here: http://ow.ly/tC2p30qFv3N