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

Just like most families have home or car insurance, EVERY family should have a plan in place for when an emergency occurs. Families should be prepared to be self-sufficient for 72 hours. During an emergency, help many not be able to get to you right away as the demand for emergency services increases.  It may take emergency workers some time to get to you as they help those in most critical need, so families need to plan to manage on their own for a period of time.  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.

72 hr kit webpagePreparing a Family Emergency Kit

  • Water: at least 2 litres* of water per person per day
  • 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, 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

Power Outage Preparedness

Flood Preparedness

Fire Prevention & Preparedness

Livestock Preparedness

Influenza & Pandemic Preparedness

Emergency Preparedness for Children

Sparky the Fire Dog
Sparky the Fire Dog

Elmer the Safety Elephant
Elmer the Safety Elephant

Other Links

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