Emergency Preparedness

Whether it’s a winter storm, summer fire season, power outage or an earthquake, most disasters can strike anytime and often without warning.

The Comox Valley is susceptible to many natural emergencies such as floods, storms, and earthquakes but there are also man-made dangers such as chemical spills, freight truck accidents, and in worst case scenario a terrorist threat that could affect us.

Although various local, provincial and federral agencies are planning for your protection individuals and families also need to be prepared for emergencies.

The first 72 hours after a disaster are the most critical. Electricity, gas, water, and telephones may not be working. Emergency services may be busy handling other incidents or may not be able to get to you. Preparing for an emergency is the best way you can help yourself and your community during a disaster.

Prepare yourself: Create and practice a disaster plan Pick an out of area phone contact. Prepare a disaster supply kit for your home and car Emergency Checklist

During an Emergency: Avoid using the phone unless necessary Make sure your location is safe (shut off gas, power, etc. but only if necessary). Check on family members and neighbours Listen to local radio and television for updates.

Emergency Preparedness Resources:

Get Prepared Canada

Provincial Emergency

Public Safety Canada

Environment Canada

City of Courtenay - Emergency Prepardness