Know the Hazards
Within the Fraser Valley Regional District, there are three natural hazards identified as most likely to happen and to be prepared for: floods, landslides, and wildfires.
Floods are common in BC and can happen at any time of year. The most severe floods usually occur in spring and early summer due to heavy rain and melting snow. This seasonal flooding is known as freshet.
Landslides are the down-slope movement of rock or debris. As more homes are built onto steep slopes, landslides become a greater hazard for both people and buildings.
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. An emergency plan says how you and your household will respond to a disaster. Knowing what to do will reduce anxiety and help keep you focused and safe.
Download the Emergency Preparedness Workbook [PDF - 2 MB].
Make a Kit
Following a disaster, you may need to:
- Stay at home with an emergency kit or
- Leave immediately with a grab-and-go bag
Visit PreparedBC for information on making an emergency kit, a family preparedness plan, and preparing yourself for many common hazards in BC.
Stages of an Evacuation
Part of being prepared is knowing what happens during an evacuation. Here are the stages of an evacuation:
Evacuation Alerts are issued to advise everyone of the potential for loss of life from a hazard and that they should be prepared to evacuate. Residents in the affected area will be alerted as far in advance as possible. If possible, the alert will be delivered door-to-door by either first responders and/or FVRD staff. If you have received an Evacuation Alert you should prepare to leave quickly from the area if required.
An Evacuation Order will only be issued if there is imminent potential for loss of life or injury. First responders and/or FVRD staff may let people know by going door-to-door or by calling residents. The Order will give clear and precise instructions on how the evacuation will proceed. Evacuation routes will be provided by the emergency responders.
Rescind (All Clear)
When the emergency situation is under control and the hazard/emergency zone is declared safe, a Rescind will be issued and you will be allowed back to your home.
In the event of an emergency, reception centres may be set up for evacuees. The nature of the emergency and evacuation measures will determine how many reception centres will be opened and where they will be located.
Shelter in Place
Occasionally an evacuation may cause more danger to residents than staying in place. In these cases, such as the sudden release of hazardous gas, sudden storms, earthquakes, or impending terrorist attack, residents may need to shelter in place.