Declaring a State of Local Emergency in British Columbia

Declaring a state of local emergency enables local authorities in the Province of British Columbia to exercise the emergency powers listed in the Emergency Program Act. Local authority emergency program staff and elected officials must be prepared to declare a state of local emergency in response to an emergency or disaster at a moment's notice.This document provides answers to some of the most frequently asked questions and provides recommendations about how to issue a declaration by order.

Declaring a State of Local Emergency in British Columbia (PDF)

Forms and Templates

Emergency Operations Centre Operational Guidelines

These guidelines are intended for use by members of an Emergency Operations Centre (EOC) in the event of a major emergency.

Emergency Operations Centre Operational Guidelines (PDF, 2.2MB)

Forms and Templates

Evacuation Operational Guidelines

Evacuation is the process of removing persons from an area of imminent or actual threat to individual safety and life to an area of safety. Depending on the nature and scope of the event, evacuations may be limited to a single building or group of buildings, affect a large area such as a whole community. Successful and detailed planning is the key to effectively executed evacuations when an event occurs that requires these actions. This guideline is outlines considerations for local authority planning and execution of evacuations. 

Evacuation Operational Guidelines (PDF)

Forms and Templates

Community Re-entry Guidelines

This guide is designed to support Local Authorities and First Nations in making a decision regarding the timing of lifting an evacuation order and allowing residents to return to their homes. It provides guidance and planning considerations in making this decision and some items to consider shortly after re-entry. The word document provides a narrative to accompany the excel spreadsheet.

Considerations for Community Re-entry (XLS)

Further Considerations for Community Re-entry (DOC)

Returning Home After a Wildfire

One Step at a Time: A Guide to Disaster Recovery (PDF)

British Columbia Major Planned Events Guidelines

The Major Planned Event Guidelines have been created to assist local authorities and event organizers to plan safe and successful special events. Special events are important to B.C.; they help drive local economies, give residents exposure to their favourite artists and athletes, and allow communities to gather and celebrate together. These guidelines are designed to provide relevant information and considerations to local authorities, communities, event organizers, emergency managers, provincial representatives, and any other groups involved in planning special events. 

Major Planned Events Guidelines (PDF, 5.5MB)

Public Health Guidelines: Major Planned Events (PDF, 423K)

Financial Assistance for Emergency Response and Recovery Costs: A Guide for Local Authorities and First Nations

This guide provides local authorities and First Nations in British Columbia with information on the procedures required to maximize claims for financial assistance with the costs of both response and recovery.

Financial Assistance for Emergency Response and Recovery Costs (PDF)

Forms and Templates

Community Disaster Recovery Guide

This guide focuses on the economic and psycho-social recovery of small and medium sized communities, and will assist individual communities in the development of recovery plans specific to their needs.

Community Disaster Recovery Guide (PDF 1.7MB)

Forms and Templates