Disaster mitigation programs
Mitigation helps communities reduce the risk of a natural disaster. Many areas of B.C. are at a high risk for wildfire, drought and flooding, and these risks are made worse by climate change. Mitigation efforts can save money compared to the cost of post-disaster recovery.
These programs help communities understand natural hazards, then plan and complete projects to reduce risk.
Wildfires are managed through a combination of prevention, mitigation and suppression strategies, on both public and private lands.
Flooding poses a serious risk to public health and safety. Professional guidelines should be followed when completing flood mitigation projects.
Flood Risk Assessment Guideline
Professional practice guidelines for flood assessments to identify the circumstances when risk assessments are appropriate and to emphasize the need to consider climate change and land use changes.
- Professional Practice Guidelines – Legislated Flood Assessments in a Changing Climate in B.C. (PDF, 3.19MB)
- Guidance For Selection of Qualified Professionals and Preparation of Flood Hazard Assessment Reports (PDF, 143KB)
Flood Mapping Guidelines
The guides below are to assist professionals in developing high quality LiDAR and flood maps in a consistent manner, incorporating best practices.
Land Use Management
Experience has shown that land use management and flood proofing areas susceptible to flooding are the most practical and cost-effective ways to reduce the effect of flooding on lives and property.
Dike Management and Safety
Dikes, such as embankments, berms or other structures, are constructed to prevent flooding in areas of the province.
In B.C., drought is caused by a combination of insufficient snow accumulation, hot and dry weather, or a delay in rainfall.
For more information visit the drought information webpage.