Get Prepared

In the Province of British Columbia regional districts and municipalities are required to plan and respond to emergencies in their area.  In the Peace River Regional District each of the municipalities are responsible for their own emergency planning, while the Peace River Regional District conducts emergency planning for the unincorporated rural areas (Area B, C, D and E). For more information on personal and family preparedness contact the Peace River Regional District at 250 784-3200.

Family Emergency Planning 101

Every family should have an emergency plan. Most families have home and car insurance, but do you have a plan for what you would do in a major catastrophe?  Is your family prepared to be self-sufficient for 72 hours? During an emergency, you and your family could be on your own for an extended period of time. Emergency services may not be readily available, as increasing demands are placed on responders. It may take emergency workers some time to get to you as they help those in most critical need. The Province of BC and the Government of Canada recommend that individuals be prepared to be self-sufficient for 72 hrs. Here are some of the basics required for an emergency kit.

Preparing a Family Emergency Kit

  • Water: at least 2 litres* of water per person per day                               72 hr kit webpage
  • Food that won’t spoil and should be replaced annually
  • Manual can opener
  • Wind-up or battery-powered flashlight
  • Wind-up or battery-powered radio
  • First Aid Kit
  • Cash in smaller bills and change for payphones
  • Copy of your emergency plan and contact information
  • Prescription medication, pet food, baby formula, etc.
  • Candles and a lighter
  • Sleeping bags
  • Toiletries

* 2 litres of water per day is the minimum recommended, however, 4 litres per person per day should provide enough water for drinking, washing and food preparation.

Community Emergency Preparedness Program

Good planning is the key to success in many things in life, and being ready to care for ourselves and our families following an emergency is one area where planning can make a life-altering difference.

Community Preparedness Planning Process

  • Understand the size of your community its demographics and specific concerns
  • Identify hazards, their potential effects and impacts to the community
  • Encourage community residents to become personally prepared
  • Encourage neighbors to participate in the development of a community response plan
  • Identify community resources
  • Encourage training and exercising as a community team
  • Encourage the community to work together and establish a network with adjacent communities, other organizations and the community at large

The PRRD has developed a two session planning process to support communities to begin to develop their community plans.  To find out more or to host a session in your community please contact the Regional District at 250 784-3200.  Below are some links to guides and resources to get you started with your Emergency Preparedness Planning.

 Family Emergency Preparedness and Kits

Preparing Your Home for Emergencies

Winter Weather Preparedness Tips

Home Inventory

Power Outage Preparedness

Flood Preparedness

Fire Prevention & Preparedness

 Livestock Preparedness

Influenza & Pandemic Preparedness

Emergency Preparedness for Children

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Sparky the Fire Dog

www.sparky.org

 

 

 

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Elmer the Safety Elephant

www.elmer.ca

 

 

 

 Other Links