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Emergency Preparedness

Emergency Precautions

The District of Tumbler Ridge takes every measure to ensure the safety and security of the community.  Therefore an extensive emergency preparedness plan has been developed to protect the health, safety and property of the community. 

Emergency Preparedness Week (EP Week, May 5-11, 2013) is a great time to get prepared for any kind of emergency. This means being ready to cope for at least the first 72 hours of an emergency while emergency workers help those in urgent need.

Think about a major storm, flood, or chemical spill. This type of disaster could affect water supply, cut electricity and phone service for days. What would you do to keep you and your family safe? Being prepared can make this type of situation less stressful for you and your family.

Here are some ideas that will help you do something every day, so that by the end of EP Week, you'll be better prepared for whatever comes your way.

Day 1: Check out the new e-book on GetPrepared.ca. This Government of Canada website includes information, links, checklists, videos and more. New this year is an e-book version of the Emergency Preparedness Guide. Download a copy now for your e-reader so you have this useful information at your fingertips

Day 2: Sign up for Safety Tips. Public Safety Canada emails monthly safety tips about emergency preparedness to subscribers. They're also posted on GetPrepared.ca. Already signed up? Send safety tip sign-up information to a friend!

Day 3: Check out your supplies at home. Do you have a flashlight? Extra batteries? Have a look at our emergency kit list, and pick up a few more supplies or a container to keep them in one place. Trying to find a flashlight in the dark during a power outage is not exactly fun!

Day 4: Talk to your kids about emergencies. Your kids might be wondering what you're up to as you assemble emergency supplies. Take a few minutes and involve them in your planning. Talk to children about different kinds of emergencies, show them our videos, and get the conversation going.

Day 5: Check out the Canadian Disaster Database. Want to know what disasters have happened in your region over the years? Knowing what can happen is a good first step to preparedness.

Day 6: Make a Plan. It takes only a few minutes, but can bring peace of mind. What would you do if there's an emergency in your neighbourhood and your family isn't together? Where will you meet if your cell phones don't work? You can complete a plan online at GetPrepared.ca.

Day 7: Spread the word! Follow us on Twitter to stay connected throughout the year, and share our videos with your family and friends.

And finally, give yourself a pat on the back. You just took some quick and easy--but very important--steps to being more prepared. And you helped make Canada's 18th Emergency Preparedness Week a success!

Are you prepared?

Have you ever thought about how to prepare for an emergency in Tumbler Ridge?  How would you look after your family for 72 hours?  Although the majority of Canadians believe that having an emergency plan and emergency kit are important, only a small minority have actually created them.  Learn the three steps to getting prepared: Know the Risks, Make a Plan and Get a Kit.  Visit www.GetPrepared.ca to learn more. 

Emergency Planning Committee

The emergency planning committee involves the various managers and directors of the District, which includes the Mayor, Fire Chief, Director of Emergency Social Services, and several others.  These individuals gather regularly to report, monitor and plan the steps needed to cope with the various aspects of a disaster.  The intention of this committee is to reduce the severity of incidents through careful planning and preparation.  This will make response more efficient and recovery much easier.

Preparation and Planning Response and ActionRecovery

The Emergency Response Management System is adopted from the government of BC, and it is dependable and efficient.  But even so, the citizens of Tumbler Ridge need to take steps to prepare themselves incase of an incident. 

What You Should Do…

For your own protection, we recommend that you personally take steps to prepare for an emergency.  Citizens should be capable of being self-sufficient for 72 hours after and incident, click here to find information on personal emergency preparedness.

Visit the Emergency Management BC website for more information.

Emergency Social Services Unit

A group of trained volunteers comprise the Emergency Social Services (ESS) unit of the Tumbler Ridge Emergency Plan.  They are a pre-planned municipal emergency response organization designed to provide assistance in times of need during accidents or disasters.  In the event of an incident, they will open the Community Centre to provide food, shelter, clothing, information and assist families reunite. 

If you’re interested in becoming a trained ESS volunteer, please contact:

Matt Treit, Fire Chief for the District of Tumbler Ridge at 250.242.3939