Emergency Preparedness

As part of its health and public safety planning, the City develops strategic policies that protect the interests of its citizens on a daily, yearly and long-term basis.

Public Health & Safety Notices

Climate change and global warming have impacted how weather and weather patterns affect the North Shore region. Fall and winter months tend to bring heavy rains, winds and snow, and spring storms are not unusual. Flooding, power outages, and water turbidity are all possible during these weather events. In the summer months, the City may experience heat events, forest fires, and drought, which may result in water shortages and poor air quality.

The City issues advisories when necessary to help citizens protect and prepare themselves for extreme weather conditions. Learn more about how to prepare and steps to take during an advisory, at the following links:

North Shore Emergency Management

An emergency or natural disaster can occur anytime, anywhere. An earthquake, heavy rains, a dangerous goods incident are just some of the possibilities.

North Shore Emergency Management (NSEM) coordinates emergency preparedness, planning, response, and recovery activities for all three North Shore municipalities. Through NSEM, the City strives to be a prepared community, ready to respond to these and other disasters or emergencies. There are also provincial and federal entities which play a key role in emergency planning and emergency response for citizens.

Personal emergency preparedness is also important. It will go a long way towards safeguarding your family, and will also help the City and other government bodies advance emergency plans in the face of an emergency situation.

NSEM provides regular emergency preparedness workshops and courses that are free for the community. The City encourages you to prepare for the unexpected by participating in a workshop or by visiting the NSEM website to learn how to prepare for emergency situations.

The Great British Columbia ShakeOut

The Great British Columbia ShakeOut is a locally-driven, province-wide "Drop, Cover, and Hold On" drill, which encourages personal preparedness.

The drill takes place annually on the third Thursday of October, and all residents, agencies, businesses, and organizations across British Columbia are encouraged to join in. To participate in the Great British Columbia ShakeOut:

  1. DROP to the ground (before the earthquake drops you!)
  2. Take COVER by getting under a desk, table, or sturdy piece of furniture and
  3. HOLD ON to it until the shaking stops (approximately 2 minutes for drill)

For more information visit www.shakeoutbc.ca.

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