The Government of British Columbia maintains an Emergency Information website at http://www.emergencyinfobc.gov.bc.ca/ which includes emergency preparedness information and a BC Emergency Info News Feed (RSS).
The Sunshine Coast Emergency Program (SCEP) has a full time emergency program coordinator whose responsibility is to plan, mitigate, respond and recover from natural and man-made disasters. As well, the coordinator keeps the Emergency Operations Centre (EOC) in a state of readiness and maintains the emergency medical and response supplies.
The Sunshine Coast Regional District authorized under "Sunshine Coast Regional District Emergency Measures Plan and Administration Bylaw No. 564, 2005" provides a comprehensive management program for the entire Sunshine Coast to prepare for, respond to and recover from emergencies and disasters.
For additional information see the Sunshine Coast Regional District Emergency Program Website.
Sunshine Coast Emergency Program
Two of the most likely events we may experience here are wildfires or power outages. For information on other types of emergencies refer to Emergency Management BC.
Protect your home and be FireSmart. You can pick up print material from the District Office or go to the BC Wildfire website.
- Maintain a non-combustible zone around your home. This means no combustible dry debris or firewood within 2 meters of the house.
- Prune lower branches on trees to within 2 metres of the ground
- Decrease density of trees to 3 metres to reduce the opportunity for flames to jump to the next tree.
- When it is time for a new roof or siding consider fire-resistant material.
If you are under Evacuation Alert it means get ready to go. You might not be evacuated but if you are, you need to be prepared. Here is what you need to do:
- Put gas in the car. Get extra if you can.
- Find your list (above) and pack.
- Have everything you want to take at the door, in your trailer or in your car ready at a moment’s notice.
- Let your family know you are on Alert and where you plan to go if you are evacuated and designate an emergency contact person who lives outside the area.
If you are under Evacuation Order it means:
- You are at risk. Leave the area immediately.
- Local police or RCMP enforce evacuation orders.
- You are encouraged to register all family members at the reception centre so emergency responders know that you are safe (it also records your information in case you may be eligible for support services during the evacuation).
- Listen to the radio, check local news sites, the District's or Regional District's website, and Facebook pages for information on the best routes to take, shelter sites and changes to the evacuation order.
Extended power outages may impact the whole community and the economy. A power outage is when the electrical power goes out unexpectedly. A power outage may:
- Disrupt communications, water, and transportation.
- Close retail businesses, grocery stores, gas stations, ATMs, banks, and other services.
- Cause food spoilage and water contamination.
- Prevent use of medical devices.
- Take an inventory of the items you need that rely on electricity.
- Talk to your medical provider about a power outage plan for medical devices powered by electricity and refrigerated medicines. Find out how long medication can be stored at higher temperatures and get specific guidance for any medications that are critical for life.
- Plan for batteries and other alternatives to meet your needs when the power goes out.
- Sign up for local alerts and warning systems. Monitor weather reports.
- Install carbon monoxide detectors with battery backup in central locations on every level of your home.
- Determine whether your home phone will work in a power outage and how long battery backup will last.
- Review the supplies that are available in case of a power outage. Have flashlights with extra batteries for every household member. Have enough nonperishable food and water.
- Use a thermometer in the refrigerator and freezer so that you can know the temperature when the power is restored. Throw out food if the temperature is 5 degrees or higher.
- Keep mobile phones and other electric equipment charged and gas tanks full.
During an outage
- Keep freezers and refrigerators closed.
- Only use generators outdoors and away from windows.
- Do not use a gas stove to heat your home.
- Disconnect appliances and electronics to avoid damage from electrical surges.
- Have alternate plans for refrigerating medicines or using power-dependent medical devices.
- If safe, go to an alternate location for heat or cooling.
- Check on neighbors.