Emergency Preparedness, Response & Recovery

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.

Emergency management

Emergency Management BC (EMBC) is the province's lead coordinating agency for all emergency management activities, including response, planning, training, testing and exercising.


Disasters happen, and can potentially leave your household on its own for several days.

Sounds scary, but it doesn't have to be. PreparedBC can help you understand and prepare for the hazards in your area.

Fire prevention, safety & reporting

The Office of the Fire Commissioner (OFC) provides advice, guidance and support to members of the British Columbia fire service. Working together, along with members of the public, we can reduce the number and severity of fires, and lead the way in making our province fire safe.

Response & Recovery

Emergencies are managed first at the local level. However, if the situation escalates, the provincial emergency management structure is activated. Following the response phase of an emergency, the Government of British Columbia will then work to support communities on their road to recovery.


Public Safety Lifeline Volunteers (PSLV) are at the heart of emergency response in British Columbia. More than 13,000 volunteers, in communities across B.C., lead air and ground searches, help victims of serious car accidents, and coordinate services for victims of disasters.