Disease outbreaks and health emergencies can happen suddenly and without warning, often posing a threat to public health and safety. Causes include extreme weather, infectious diseases, industrial accidents or intentional acts.
Public Health Alerts
For public health alerts in your area, across B.C. and across Canada, go to HealthLinkBC.
Ministry of Health
The Ministry of Health, health authorities and the BC Ambulance Service are required to develop, implement and test emergency and business continuity plans. These plans include an all-hazards approach for preparing for, responding to, and recovering from a wide range of emergencies and disasters. Learn more here.
BC Centre for Disease Control (BCCDC)
Events that threaten public health are planned for by the BCCDC's Public Health Emergency Management service line. It works with the Ministry of Health, regional health authorities, as well as ambulance, fire and law enforcement to minimize casualties, contain the emergency or outbreak and to inform the public.