Emergency Preparedness

Know the Hazards

Within the Fraser Valley Regional District there have been three natural hazards identified as most likely to happen and to be prepared for; floods, landslides and wildfires.

Flood

Flood are naturally occurring events that can happen at any time, the most severe floods typically occur in the spring and fall.

Landslide

Landslides are a special concern where residential development is at the base or on the side of a steep slope, residents should be vigilant of nearby waterways which can influence a slide. 

Wildfire

Wildfires most often occur in the dry summer months outside of residential areas, but sometimes they can threaten homes, businesses and infrastructure.

Have a Plan

No matter what the event, developing a plan for your family’s safety by preparing in advance is important. Get started by downloading our Emergency Preparedness Workbook [PDF - 27.8 MB].

More often than not, evacuations are not required. Area residents may either report to an Emergency Support Service (ESS) reception centre or shelter in place depending on their individual situation. If a reception centre is required it will provide short-term service and be a safe gathering place for people displaced from their homes. Here they will find volunteers trained to help during the first 72 hours. If possible, sheltering in place is usually preferred by residents. Most people find being in their own home provides a level of comfort and control. As well, most neighbours support each other through these rough times adding a sense of community connection.

Make a Kit

Keeping in mind that each household has its own unique requirements, here are some items households should have on hand:

  • 3 day supply of water (approx. 4 litres per person, per day)
  • 3 day supply of non-perishable food
  • First Aid kit and personal medication
  • Hand crank flashlight or have extra batteries
  • Hand crank radio or have extra batteries
  • Cell phone with extra power supply or solar charger
  • Paper towels, toilet paper, and personal hygiene products
  • Garbage bags, moist towelettes, and plastic ties
  • Board games, cards, books, etc. to help pass the time
  • Extra water and food for pets

Sandbags

Sandbags and sand are available for self-serve filling and pick up at the following locations:

Location

Address

Instructions

Camp Squeah

27915 Trans Canada Highway
Hope, BC

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  • Bring a shovel
  • Located in the old Firehall
  • Can be accessed 24/7
Chilliwack River Valley Firehall

48685 Chilliwack Lake Rd
Chilliwack, BC

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  • Bring own shovel
  • Sandbags are outside the Firehall
Columbia Valley Firehall

1202 Kosikar Rd
Lindell Beach, BC

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  • Bring a shovel
  • Sandbags are in a lean-to shed at the side of the Firehall
  • Sand is beside the large propane tank
North Fraser Firehall #1

8840 Rowan Rd
Dewdney, BC

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  • Bring a shovel
  • Located under the sundeck