bc211 Contributes to Emergency Preparedness

bc211 has stepped up during past wildfire and flood seasons, providing valuable information to citizens in crisis.

Emergency Preparedness Week

As part of Emergency Preparedness Week, taking place May 5 to 11, 2019, the government is encouraging British Columbians to prepare and plan for all types of emergency.

This year, PreparedBC is focusing on three key steps:

  1. Know the hazards in your local area
  2. Make a plan to help keep focused and safe during an emergency
  3. Build an emergency kit and assemble grab-and-go bags

“The best way to keep safe in the event of an emergency is to ensure your household is ready in advance,” says Mike Farnworth, Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General. “PreparedBC has the resources British Columbians need to get started on making plans that will help them cope through the initial stages of any emergency.”

bc211’s disaster response

Over the past couple of years, bc211 has contributed to emergency response efforts by providing up-to-date wildfire emergency and recovery resources accessible online. With the province-wide expansion of our online directory in 2017, we were able to add a section to our website that listed critical information on wildfire status, evacuation alerts and orders, and emergency services and supports, as well as mental health services, and preparation and recovery resources. This list was updated daily as new information became available and quickly proved to be an invaluable source for families having to confront the crisis. In the first eight hours of it going live, there were 239 unique visitors to the wildfires web page.

In 2018, bc211 shared information and resources to help citizens access services during the disastrous floods that hit southern BC particularly hard. With these efforts has come the recognition that bc211 can assist during natural disasters by providing timely information and referral for affected citizens,  and absorbing many of the non-emergency calls made to 9-1-1.

Unexpected events such as wildfires, floods, and earthquakes have become an increasing concern in BC. Are you and your family adequately prepared for emergency situations?

For information on emergency and/or disaster resources in your community, visit us online at www.bc211.ca or call 2-1-1 in Metro Vancouver, Sea to Sky Corridor, Sunshine Coast, and Vancouver Island.

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