In the event of a wildfire or flood emergency, you may receive an Evacuation Alert or an Evacuation Order should a hazard threaten your home.
An Evacuation Alert provides you with advance notice to danger in your area and the possibility of an upcoming evacuation. Residents are given as much advance notice as possible. An alert is a warning that you may need to leave your home on short notice. This is the time to gather your important documents, keepsakes and to prepare yourself with several days of clothing, toiletries and medication.
When an alert is issued you do not need to leave but you need to get ready.
I’ve been placed on an Evacuation Alert. What do I do?
Locate all family members and designate a meeting area outside the evacuation area, should an Evacuation Order be called while separated.
Pack essential items such as government-issued ID, medications, eyeglasses, valuable papers (e.g. insurance, credit, and mortgage information), immediate care needs for dependents, and, if time and space permits, keepsakes for quick departure.
Ensure you have a means of communication and important phone numbers.
Prepare to move persons with disabilities, children, and/or neighbours, if assistance is needed.
Prepare to take pets and their food with you and move livestock to a safe area (if possible).
Arrange transportation for all your household members. Fill the gas tanks of personal vehicles.
Arrange accommodation for all members of the residence, if possible. If you have an RV – we consider utilizing it.
You do not need to evacuate unless an Evacuation Order is issued. Early Evacuation prior to an Order being placed will not be eligible for Emergency Support Services. Persons with disabilities can receive assistance for early evacuation if required. Contact your local jurisdiction for details.
Monitor the news, radio, and online sources for information on evacuation orders and the location of Reception Centres.
If an Evacuation Order is issued you must leave your residence immediately. We encourage all residents to follow these recommendations for their own safety. An Evacuation Order will only be issued if there is imminent potential for loss of life or injury.
When an order is issued you must leave immediately.
I’ve been placed on an Evacuation Order. What do I do?
You must leave IMMEDIATELY.
Shut off all propane, gas and electric appliances (other than refrigerators and freezers). Your natural gas and electricity will be shut off by your service provider if required.
Close all windows and doors. Pull back curtains.
Close gates (latch) - but do not lock.
Take critical items (medicine, purse, wallet, and keys) only if they are immediately available. Take pets in pet kennels or on leash.
Gather your family and, if you have room, take a neighbour or someone needing transportation. Do not use more vehicles than you have to.
Do not use the telephone unless you need emergency services.
Follow the evacuation route provided with the order
Once you are evacuated, register as an evacuee online at https://ess.gov.bc.ca or at the designated Reception Centre indicated with the order.
When local authorities deem the area to be safe, an Evacuation Alert or Order will be rescinded. A Rescind declaration means that you can return home. Stay tuned to local communication channels or networks for more information.