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.

3 steps to preparedness

Know the hazards

Preparing for a disaster means understanding the hazards that can cause them. Hazards can be naturally-occurring, such as earthquakes and tsunamis, or human-caused, such as hazardous material spills.

Gather your supplies

Following a disaster, you may need to stay at home with your emergency kit or leave immediately with your grab-and-go bags. Gather your emergency supplies now so you're ready when disaster strikes. 

Make your plan

An emergency plan is a playbook for how you and your household will respond to a disaster. Knowing what to do will reduce anxiety and help keep you focused and safe. 

Get prepared for wildfires

On average there are more than 1,600 wildfires in British Columbia every year. They can have ecological benefits to the landscape, but can also threaten homes, businesses and vital infrastructure.

If you live in an area at risk of a wildfire, there are a number of activities you can complete to prepare for one.

Get prepared for wildfires

It's time to be Flood Ready!

Floods are common in B.C. and can happen at any time of year. The most severe floods usually occur in spring and early summer due to heavy rain and melting snow. 

If you're in an area that is prone to flooding, there are a number of activities you can complete to prepare for a flood.

Get Flood Ready!

Resources for communities

Hardcopy guides

Take preparedness offline. PreparedBC offers hardcopy guides and fill-in-the-blank plans to help people prepare for emergencies. 

Presentation slides (PPTX, 6.8MB)

Interested in hosting a personal preparedness workshop in your local community or workplace? Get a head start by downloading PreparedBC's pre-built presentation deck.

Social media packages

Create awareness about preparing for emergencies with PreparedBC's easy-to-use social media packages. They come with pre-formatted content and graphics.

Public education programs

High Ground Hike

High Ground Hike is a community-led event that raises awareness of the tsunami risk in coastal communities and how to properly respond.

Master of Disaster

Young people in grades 4 to 8 can learn about emergency preparedness through the free Master of Disaster classroom program.

Partners in Preparedness

We’re working with B.C. businesses to help shoppers get prepared. Our retail partners promote and sell emergency supplies.

Connect with us 

For information on active provincial emergencies, visit EmergencyInfoBC: