Emergency Preparedness

President and founder of Save A Dog Network, Katie Powell gets a kiss from a dog after bringing bags of dog food by canoe to stranded homes during flooding in Peguis First Nation, Man., Wednesday, May 4, 2022. Dozens of experts advising the government on the best way to adapt to the reality of climate change say we need to do more to prepare infrastructure for the threats of extreme weather and get faster to help Canadians recover when their lives and livelihoods are threatened by floods, fires and major storms.THE CANADIAN PRESS/David Lipnowski

Resilient infrastructure, faster disaster recovery needed to adapt to climate change

Since the 1960s, Canada has moved from about 30 climate-related disasters a decade to more than 100

 

B.C. Parliamentary Secretary for Emergency Preparedness Jennifer Rice. (Norman Galimski/Black Press)

B.C. rolls out emergency preparedness funds for First Nations and municipalities

Funding will go toward capacity building for emergency support in those communities

 

Emergency BC is busy loading sea cans to be delivered to hospitals around B.C. (EMBC photo)

Supplies being shipped to Hope now for potential future disasters

Hope being severed from province was most significant emergency ever in Lower Mainland

 

There were nearly 400 earthquakes recorded in Canada in the month of April 2022. (MAP COURTESY EARTHQUAKES CANADA)

400 and counting: April a busy month for earthquakes in BC

Few regions in Canada escape Earth’s shake, rattle and roll, says seismologist

There were nearly 400 earthquakes recorded in Canada in the month of April 2022. (MAP COURTESY EARTHQUAKES CANADA)
The 1863 St. John the Divine church is one of the historic buildings that would be in danger during a natural disaster. (Yale Historic Site photo)
A tent city at the Yale Historic Site is loaded with historical artifacts. (Yale Historic Site photo)

Yale Historic Site gets disaster preparedness grant

$17,000 will be used to plan for the safety of people along with historic buildings and artifacts

The 1863 St. John the Divine church is one of the historic buildings that would be in danger during a natural disaster. (Yale Historic Site photo)
A tent city at the Yale Historic Site is loaded with historical artifacts. (Yale Historic Site photo)
Arrowsmith Search and Rescue helped evacuate residents impacted by the flooding on Martindale Road on Monday, Nov. 15. (Michael Briones photo)

14 B.C. First Nations and communities receiving funds to create new evacuation plans

Disasters in 2021 proved importance of evacuating people quickly in large-scale emergency situations

Arrowsmith Search and Rescue helped evacuate residents impacted by the flooding on Martindale Road on Monday, Nov. 15. (Michael Briones photo)
The same flooding the overwhelmed the Hope Golf Club contributed to power being knocked out at the District of Hope building. Mayor and council are now pursuing a grant to help pay for a generator. (Rod MacDonnell/Facebook)

District of Hope moves ahead with grant application to help buy generator

The Union of BC Municipalities funding may provide $25,000 towards the $125,000 project

The same flooding the overwhelmed the Hope Golf Club contributed to power being knocked out at the District of Hope building. Mayor and council are now pursuing a grant to help pay for a generator. (Rod MacDonnell/Facebook)
CP Rail sent a couple HiRail trucks to Spuzzum First Nation during the closure of Highway 1, delivering much-needed prescription meds to the small community. (CP Rail photo)

Spuzzum First Nation well practiced at being isolated

The latest closure of Highway 1 at Yale left the tiny community cut off for four days

CP Rail sent a couple HiRail trucks to Spuzzum First Nation during the closure of Highway 1, delivering much-needed prescription meds to the small community. (CP Rail photo)
A helicopter lifts off from the Hope Golf Club on Tuesday, Nov. 16, 2021 with evacuees. Helicopters were used to drop supplies and bring people out of the town, which was cut off from the province due to landslides on all surrounding roads. Some were paying private companies to be evacuated. (Virginia White photo)

District of Hope questioned over decision to forego ESS grants

Critics say cots, generators and other supplies had to be flown in to Hope during November flooding

A helicopter lifts off from the Hope Golf Club on Tuesday, Nov. 16, 2021 with evacuees. Helicopters were used to drop supplies and bring people out of the town, which was cut off from the province due to landslides on all surrounding roads. Some were paying private companies to be evacuated. (Virginia White photo)
Tofino’s tsunami sirens sounded off on Saturday morning as an advisory prompted beach closures. (Westerly file photo)

Tsunami advisory an important reminder for B.C. coastal communities to be prepared

Volcanic eruption near Tonga Islands activates emergency operations on Saturday

Tofino’s tsunami sirens sounded off on Saturday morning as an advisory prompted beach closures. (Westerly file photo)
Tyrone McNeil, tribal chief of Sto:lo Tribal Council, and chair of the Emergency Planning Secretariat. (Facebook/Seabird Island screenshot)

Indigenous-led action plan focused on flood management for entire Lower Mainland

Planning must take increasing regularity of climate change disasters into account, says tribal chief

Tyrone McNeil, tribal chief of Sto:lo Tribal Council, and chair of the Emergency Planning Secretariat. (Facebook/Seabird Island screenshot)
Houses along the Coquihalla River, such as these ones as of Nov. 29, remain in danger as winter weather sets in for the weekend. (Jessica Peters/ Hope Standard)

Local state of emergency extended into next week for Hope

Continuing danger to some homes in area gives mayor concern as work carries on

Houses along the Coquihalla River, such as these ones as of Nov. 29, remain in danger as winter weather sets in for the weekend. (Jessica Peters/ Hope Standard)
Tractors are seen in a flooded field in Abbotsford, B.C., Thursday, November 25, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward

B.C. set to use Alert Ready system when next storm strikes in days ahead

Public Safety Minister Mike Farnworth announced plans to use the system during a Sunday briefing

Tractors are seen in a flooded field in Abbotsford, B.C., Thursday, November 25, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
When flooding cut off Chilliwack General Hospital from the rest of B.C. for 48 hours, healthcare staff had to improvise on the fly. (Pixabay photo)

Chilliwack General Hospital staff adapt and thrive during flood crisis

Doctors, nurses and admin staff had to respond to rapidly-changing circumstances over 48 hours

When flooding cut off Chilliwack General Hospital from the rest of B.C. for 48 hours, healthcare staff had to improvise on the fly. (Pixabay photo)
A vehicle is submerged in flood waters along a road in Abbotsford, B.C., Monday, Nov. 15, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward

Experts say B.C. rainstorms highlight increasing flood risks and need to prepare

Insurers say flood damage is already by far the most expensive type of extreme weather risk

A vehicle is submerged in flood waters along a road in Abbotsford, B.C., Monday, Nov. 15, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
A sign reminds people to stay away from the water at Rotary Park on Wardle Street in Hope on June 8, 2021. (Jessica Peters/ Hope Standard)

Hope residents can now get local emergency alerts through Alertable app

Flooding is Hope’s number one concern, not wildfire, fire chief says

  • Oct 23, 2021
A sign reminds people to stay away from the water at Rotary Park on Wardle Street in Hope on June 8, 2021. (Jessica Peters/ Hope Standard)
Sarah De Francesco, left, Albert Huynh, right, and Leanne Opuyes, back left, cool off in the frigid Lynn Creek water in North Vancouver, B.C., on Monday, June 28, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

B.C.’s inadequate heat wave supports heightened risks to vulnerable people: report

B.C. reported 569 “heat-related deaths” in the province from June 20 to July 29

Sarah De Francesco, left, Albert Huynh, right, and Leanne Opuyes, back left, cool off in the frigid Lynn Creek water in North Vancouver, B.C., on Monday, June 28, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
In the aftermath of the wildfire that devastated Lytton, a group has been formed in Hope to push for more emergency planning. The Hope Citizens Emergency Disaster Planning Committee made an appearance at Monday’s District of Hope council meeting to ask questions. (Jenna Huack/ Black Press Media)

Hope citizens push Mayor and Council for more emergency planning

The Hope Citizens Emergency Disaster Planning Committee wants more communication from the District

In the aftermath of the wildfire that devastated Lytton, a group has been formed in Hope to push for more emergency planning. The Hope Citizens Emergency Disaster Planning Committee made an appearance at Monday’s District of Hope council meeting to ask questions. (Jenna Huack/ Black Press Media)
Emergency kit items. (Stock photo)

Majority of British Columbians have poor emergency preparedness: poll

Less than 25 per cent of British Columbians have an emergency kit and plan

Emergency kit items. (Stock photo)
(Black Press Media)

Emergency alert test an ‘accidental re-broadcast’ of last week’s, B.C. says

Province says alert was sent out due to human error

(Black Press Media)