Emergency Preparedness Week is May 7-13 – Take a moment to ensure you and your family are prepared for an emergency
As we move from spring into summer and temperatures rise, CLBC is reminding individuals and families about resources to help prepare for emergency situations caused by flooding, wildfires and extremely high temperatures.
We want to help ensure the individuals we serve are prepared and understand who to connect with. If you or your loved one live in a CLBC-funded staffed home or home share, the home is required to have an emergency plan to support individuals in an emergency.
It’s also important for individuals and families to take time to get ready for emergencies and have their own plan in place. Being aware and prepared is the key to staying safe.
Here are activities that you can do to prepare at home:
- Make a plan with your family and those who support you, including how you will communicate if separated. Find information on making a plan from Prepared BC here.
- Pre-pack an emergency kit and grab-and-go bag (including necessities like medication). Find information about what to include here.
- Follow EmergencyInfoBC’s Twitter account herefor regular updates during emergencies.
- Find current flooding information and updates on the EmergencyInfoBC website here, including flood watches and warnings and evacuation orders and alerts.
- Read PreparedBC’s Flood Preparedness Guide here.
- Find information about protecting your home at firesmartbc.ca.
- Download the BC Wildfire Service app for Apple devices hereand Android devices here.
- Read Prepared BC’s Wildfire Preparedness Guide here.
- Find a list of all active wildfires online here.
For extreme heat:
- Visit the BC Centre for Disease Control’s website hereto find information and resources to prepare for heat events.
- Read Prepared BC’s Extreme Heat Preparedness Guide here.
- Find public weather alerts for B.C. from Environment Canada here.
- Learn more about the B.C. Government’s new BC Heat Alert and Response System (BC HARS) here.
- Find a list of precautions for beating the heat on the CLBC website here.
We hope you will remain unaffected by any emergency situations. However, if you have to be evacuated from your home, please follow the instructions provided by your local emergency services centres. If you require support at your place of evacuation, please contact your local CLBC office in your home community.
Please also consider taking the time now to add your local CLBC office phone number to your plan.
You can find a full list of CLBC offices and contact information here.