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.

Funding programs

These programs help communities understand natural hazards, then plan and complete projects to reduce risk.

Mitigation activities

Wildfire mitigation

Wildfires are managed through a combination of prevention, mitigation and suppression strategies, on both public and private lands.

Flood Mitigation

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.

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.

Drought Information

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.