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.

This work is done in collaboration with local governments, First Nations, federal departments, industry, non-government organizations and volunteers. 

Activation during emergencies

As the province's coordinating agency, EMBC may activate the Provincial Emergency Coordination Centre (PECC) and/or Provincial Regional Emergency Operations Centres (PREOCs). 


Provincial Regional Emergency Operations Centre (PREOC)

During emergencies, such as wildfires, floods or earthquakes, local governments are responsible for leading local response efforts. If the emergency is beyond their capacity, PREOCs can be opened to provide support. 

PREOCs are offices comprised of emergency management staff, trained to assist local governments with planning, coordination and logistics. There are six PREOCs across B.C. located in each of EMBC's regions (PDF)

If multiple PREOCs are opened, the PECC at EMBC headquarters in Victoria is activated to support them.

The PECC has the ability to

  • Coordinate resources and communications, 
  • Request provincial government assistance, and
  • Reach out to other provinces or the federal government.

The British Columbia Emergency Management System (BCEMS) is a comprehensive framework that helps ensure a coordinated and organized approach to emergencies and disasters. It is intended to

  • Provide a standardized approach to developing, coordinating and implementing emergency management programs across the province
  • Establish guiding principles, processes and common terminology to help stakeholders participate in all phases of emergency management
  • Emphasize integration and partnerships that facilitate communication and coordination on all levels

Get the B.C. Emergency Management System materials


Regional offices

Contact the Emergency Management BC regional office near you.


Reports related to emergency management in B.C. can be found on the reports page.