Emergency Preparedness

Low lying areas like Tahsis are at more risk of tsunamis. Photo by Marc Kitteringham/Campbell River Mirror

Tsunami Warning test coming to west coast of Island

Less an hour would pass between local earthquake and tsunami

 

New legislation passed Wednesday promises to improve B.C.’s response before, during and after natural emergencies. (BC Wildfire Service)

B.C. passes new legislation aimed at preparing for and mitigating emergencies

New Democrats, Greens vote in favour of Bill 31, BC United, Conservatives against it

 

Conservative Party of BC Leader John Rustad, here seen in Vernon, says he is disturbed by the incorporation of UN guidelines into new emergency management legislation. (Black Press Media file now)

B.C. Conservative leader questions UN influence on new emergency legislation

John Rustad questions incorporation of UN guidelines in new emergency management legislation

 

New emergency management legislation tabled by the provincial government to deal with emergencies like the 2023 wildfires is receiving a range of reviews. (CANADIAN PRESS/HO-BC Wildfire Service)

B.C.’s new emergency management legislation getting muted support

Opposition voices praise inclusion of First Nations, but question use of regulation

New emergency management legislation tabled by the provincial government to deal with emergencies like the 2023 wildfires is receiving a range of reviews. (CANADIAN PRESS/HO-BC Wildfire Service)
Emergency Minister Bowinn Ma said the new Emergency and Disaster Management Act tabled Tuesday recognizes all phases of emergency management. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)

B.C. adopts new definition of emergency in the face of a changing world

Expanded legislation recognizes climate change, First Nations’ rights around emergency management

Emergency Minister Bowinn Ma said the new Emergency and Disaster Management Act tabled Tuesday recognizes all phases of emergency management. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)
Coun. Trish Mandewo of Coquitlam is the new president of the Union of British Columbia Municipalities. Mandewo, who is the first Black president of UBCM in its history, assumes the office from past president Coun. Jen Ford of Whistler. (UBCM/Flickr)

Decriminalization, climate change and housing top issues at UBCM conference

New UBCM prez says organization is ready to work with province

Coun. Trish Mandewo of Coquitlam is the new president of the Union of British Columbia Municipalities. Mandewo, who is the first Black president of UBCM in its history, assumes the office from past president Coun. Jen Ford of Whistler. (UBCM/Flickr)
Next Generation 9-1-1 will allow users to text emergencies in promising to revolutionize emergency dispatching. But it will also generate additional costs and UBCM delegates are calling on the province to introduce a call-answer levy on cellphones to help generate the necessary revenues. (Black Press Media file photo)

Next Generation 9-1-1 promises B.C. emergency dispatching revolution

E-Comm compares incoming emergency response system to replacing rotary phones with smart phones

Next Generation 9-1-1 will allow users to text emergencies in promising to revolutionize emergency dispatching. But it will also generate additional costs and UBCM delegates are calling on the province to introduce a call-answer levy on cellphones to help generate the necessary revenues. (Black Press Media file photo)
The McDougall Creek wildfire ripped through the Bear Creek area of West Kelowna. There is very little left for residents to salvage. (Brittany Webster/Capital News)

Resources, warnings accompany people home in aftermath of B.C. wildfires

Officials working to prepare and protect those returning after West Kelowna wildfire

The McDougall Creek wildfire ripped through the Bear Creek area of West Kelowna. There is very little left for residents to salvage. (Brittany Webster/Capital News)
Ashley Davidoff, a public education officer with the Ministry of Emergency Management and Climate Readiness . (Supplied photo)

PODCAST: Are you prepared for a wildfire, heat dome or flood emergency?

TODAY IN B.C.: Ashley Davidoff talks emergency plans and ‘grab-and-go’ bags

Ashley Davidoff, a public education officer with the Ministry of Emergency Management and Climate Readiness . (Supplied photo)
Fiona Famulak, president and CEO of the BC Chamber of Commerce, says the growing frequency of natural disasters like wildfires requires new forms of government assistance for business. (Photo courtesy of BC Wildfire Service)

B.C. Chamber CEO calls for urgent reforms to disaster assistance programs

Plans for helping businesses following natural disasters ‘developed for a different time’

Fiona Famulak, president and CEO of the BC Chamber of Commerce, says the growing frequency of natural disasters like wildfires requires new forms of government assistance for business. (Photo courtesy of BC Wildfire Service)
The Donnie Creek Wildfire in the northeastern corner of B.C. is among 86 wildfires burning in the province. (The Canadian Press/BC Wildfire Service)

Despite rain, B.C. remains in a ‘tricky’ spot as wildfires continue across province

Authorities welcome rain, but fear it won’t change dynamics of wildfire season

The Donnie Creek Wildfire in the northeastern corner of B.C. is among 86 wildfires burning in the province. (The Canadian Press/BC Wildfire Service)
Fire crews from all three Saanich Peninsula fire departments responded to this North Saanich residence on Carswell Avenue in 2022. Various offices including BC Coroners Service later investigated a fire-related fatality not considered suspicious. The latest report from provincial fire commissioner Brian Godlonton listed 86 fire-related deaths in B.C. in 2022. (Black Press Media file photo).

Fire-related deaths in B.C. up 207% since 2018, according to latest data

Brian Godlonton says causes include aging demographics and rising homelesness among factors

Fire crews from all three Saanich Peninsula fire departments responded to this North Saanich residence on Carswell Avenue in 2022. Various offices including BC Coroners Service later investigated a fire-related fatality not considered suspicious. The latest report from provincial fire commissioner Brian Godlonton listed 86 fire-related deaths in B.C. in 2022. (Black Press Media file photo).
A multi-scale emergency scenario involving multiple agencies took place at 19 Wing Comox May 17 and involved a plane crash with aircraft wreckage around Air Force Beach and 19 Wing Comox. Photo by Erin Haluschak/Comox Valley Record

Mock crash part of multi-agency training exercise at 19 Wing Comox

Air Force Beach was closed to the public May 17 for the training scenario

A multi-scale emergency scenario involving multiple agencies took place at 19 Wing Comox May 17 and involved a plane crash with aircraft wreckage around Air Force Beach and 19 Wing Comox. Photo by Erin Haluschak/Comox Valley Record
The BC Wildfire Service continues to respond to the Cameron River wildfire (G80175) located approximately 74 kilometres northwest of Fort St. John. As shown in this recent handout image. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-BC Wildfire Service)

Summer-like B.C. already at ‘core fire season’ in parts of the province

Head of BC Wildfire Service expects fire hazard to spread from the north to southern regions

The BC Wildfire Service continues to respond to the Cameron River wildfire (G80175) located approximately 74 kilometres northwest of Fort St. John. As shown in this recent handout image. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-BC Wildfire Service)
Vancouver has “a high risk” of experiencing a large earthquake in the next 25 years, according to a new federal report that finds widespread gaps in Canada’s ability to respond to earthquakes. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck)

Province acknowledges more needs to be done to prepare B.C. for earthquakes

Federal report finds gaps in capabilities and pegs cost of 9.0 magnitude tremor at $75 billion

Vancouver has “a high risk” of experiencing a large earthquake in the next 25 years, according to a new federal report that finds widespread gaps in Canada’s ability to respond to earthquakes. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck)
Erica Beauchamp, Regional District of Nanaimo emergency services manager, displays a ‘grab-and-go’ bag officials recommend people have ready in the case of events like earthquakes, wildfire or floods. (Karl Yu/News Bulletin)

Nanaimo residents urged to think about emergency preparedness plans and provisions

Regional District of Nanaimo, City of Nanaimo promoting Emergency Preparedness Week

Erica Beauchamp, Regional District of Nanaimo emergency services manager, displays a ‘grab-and-go’ bag officials recommend people have ready in the case of events like earthquakes, wildfire or floods. (Karl Yu/News Bulletin)
On May 2, the City of Courtenay issued a flood management plan on May 2 to deal with the possibility of flooding. File Photo

‘Flooding is a very real risk’: Courtenay releases plan; open to public feedback

As days get warmer, the city is preparing to face possible flooding in the region

On May 2, the City of Courtenay issued a flood management plan on May 2 to deal with the possibility of flooding. File Photo
The annual Regional Emergency Preparedness Fair and Display is returning May 7 to West Shore Parks and Recreation after its pandemic hiatus, promising a day full of fun activities and important emergency preparedness information for residents. (Black Press Media file photo)

Emergency preparedness fair returns to Colwood after pandemic break

West Shore Parks and Recreation hosting free event filled with activities, important information

The annual Regional Emergency Preparedness Fair and Display is returning May 7 to West Shore Parks and Recreation after its pandemic hiatus, promising a day full of fun activities and important emergency preparedness information for residents. (Black Press Media file photo)
B.C.’s first-ever Minister of Emergency Management and Climate Readiness Bowinn Ma was in Ucluelet on April 15 to join residents on a blustery High Ground Hike as part of the community’s Tsunami Preparedness Week events. (Andrew Bailey photo)

Climate minister joins Ucluelet’s High Ground Hike for Tsunami Preparedness Week

Data collected by researchers from University of Ottawa and Japan’s Waseda University

B.C.’s first-ever Minister of Emergency Management and Climate Readiness Bowinn Ma was in Ucluelet on April 15 to join residents on a blustery High Ground Hike as part of the community’s Tsunami Preparedness Week events. (Andrew Bailey photo)
Katie Olthuis, director of policy and legislation for the ministry of Emergency Management and Climate Readiness speaking about the new emergency management legislation at the AVICC convention on Friday, April 14. (Bailey Seymour/News Bulletin)

Vancouver Island communities told to expect emergency program improvements

Emergency management discussed at AVICC convention in Nanaimo

Katie Olthuis, director of policy and legislation for the ministry of Emergency Management and Climate Readiness speaking about the new emergency management legislation at the AVICC convention on Friday, April 14. (Bailey Seymour/News Bulletin)