May 2022

Emergency Preparedness

Fires, earthquakes, tornadoes, floods, and power outages — whatever the emergency is — can happen without warning. Emergency preparedness ensures that when an emergency strikes, you
have a plan ready to go, and are not scrambling last minute to get all your resources in order. An emergency preparedness and response plan is a document that outlines the procedures on what
to do in the event of an emergency, with the end goal of protecting the health and safety of all the workers involved.

No matter your business, a good emergency plan will help you handle the various crises that may come your way. Prepare BEFORE an emergency to ensure that workers and employers have the right equipment, information, and training to keep themselves safe when a disaster occurs. Not having a plan can have catastrophic consequences for your business – including injuries, financial losses, property damage, and even death.

Emergency Preparedness Resources and Tools


Emergency Preparedness

Toolbox Talk

Fires, earthquakes, tornadoes, floods, and power outages — whatever the emergency is — it can happen without warning. Emergency preparedness ensures that when an emergency strikes, you have a plan ready to go, and are not scrambling last minute to get all your resources in order. An emergency preparedness and response plan is a document […]

Emergency Response Awareness

Course

This online course explores response to emergency situations that can be encountered in manufacturing. The goal of the course is to provide a basic understanding of what to anticipate and expect when responding to an emergency.

Emergency Response Planning

Course

Emergency response planning is one of the key elements to include in your occupational health and safety program. This program allows you to plan out how you would respond to an emergency in the event of, which can result in saving lives, property, revenue, etc. 

Emergency Preparedness News


Emergency Response planning

Why planning for a “someday situation” better equips you to tackle challenges today by  Lisa Thibault  Earthquakes, forest fires, flooding, and viral outbreaks are just a few of the potential emergency scenarios we face in British Columbia. While some companies have crafted and rehearsed plans to address emergencies such as these, many in the past two years were forced to build a response plan on the fly in the highly charged early days of the pandemic.  You did it. Your team […]

Wildfires, air quality, and emergency planning: Is your business prepared?

In 2016, a devastating wildfire quickly spread throughout the community of Fort McMurray, Alberta. It forced the largest wildfire evacuation in Alberta history, with more than 88,000 people forced from their homes and workplaces. More than 2,400 homes and buildings burned to the ground, displacing hundreds of residents and businesses. The Fort McMurray fire was […]

Preparing for an extended power outage in the plant

In a power outage due to extreme weather or a natural disaster such as a wildfire, you may have to activate your emergency response plan. Ensure that your staff know how to safely evacuate your building(s) in an emergency and where they should muster. Communication in a power outage is critical, but some of your […]

Emergency Preparedness External Resources

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EmergencyInfoBC

EmergencyInfoBC is active during partial and full-scale provincial emergencies. They share official response and recovery sources, as well as verified event information from trusted partners.
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EmergencyMapBC

This map is overseen by EmergencyInfoBC and serves as a general reference for current public safety conditions during emergencies.
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BC Government | Stay safe and healthy in an emergency

Planning and preparing for emergencies and natural disasters can be hard. A support network lets two or more people help each other in an emergency.
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Helping employers to prepare for emergencies

Under the Occupational Health and Safety Regulation — specifically sections 4.13 through 4.16 and Part 32 on emergency preparedness, response, evacuation, and rescue — all employers are expected to plan, prepare, and train their employees for all emergencies.