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Emergency Preparedness

The BC Emergency Management Framework provides a unified structure to support tourism partners and visitors on matters related to the four pillars of emergency management; namely, mitigation, preparedness, response and recovery.

EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS GUIDES

Emergency Resources for BC’s Tourism Industry

During times of stress and uncertainty, it is important to share information from official sources only. There are a variety of resources available to help you prepare for emergencies, gather up-to-date information and help visitors plan their travel.

PreparedBC: Tourism Resources

Step-by-step guides to prepare businesses and their staff for emergencies, with templates and tools to help operators easily plan a fast and effective response.

EMERGENCY RESOURCES

Emergency Info BC

Information about emergencies in BC, including evacuation orders and alerts.

Drive BC

Information about road closures, major events, and transportation delays.

Floods | River Forecast Centre

Analyses snow pack, assesses seasonal water supply and flood risk, and predicts flows in BC’s rivers and streams. It produces a range of bulletins, maps and warnings to inform emergency managers and the public about current and upcoming streamflow conditions.

Wildfire | BC Wildfire Service

Report wildfires to *5555 on a cell or 1 800 663-5555 toll-free.

Parks & Recreation Sites | BC Parks

Information on warnings and closures for provincial campgrounds & parks as well as recreation sites and trails

Weather Alerts | Environment Canada

Resource for the latest weather information, statements, and air quality advisories.

Emergency Social Services

Information regarding emergency reception centres and assistance.

Support for the displaced, and group lodging

Red Cross

Community news, training and certification, support resources

Evacuees can register with the Red Cross by calling 1-800-863-6582

The Great BC ShakeOut | BC Earthquake Alliance

Every third Thursday of October, a locally driven earthquake drill takes place at 10:20am. It provides an opportunity to practice earthquake protocols to ensure safety should an earthquake ever occur. If you have yet to participate – resources and valuable tools have been developed by the BC Earthquake Alliance.

A comprehensive guide developed by the BC Earthquake Alliance supports the tourism industry and businesses in their earthquake drills and safety protocols and includes considerations for staff, for residents and for visitors.

What Tourism Business Owners Can Do:

Share these resources with your staff and follow key social media accounts for the latest news.

Help your guests:

If your business is located in an impacted area, provide your current customers and future reservations with regular updates, by directing them to official information sources.

f your business is not impacted directly, help your current guests plan the rest of their trip to areas that are safe and open for business (your local visitor centre has a wealth of information on places to stay and things to do).

If your business is not impacted directly, be proactive with future reservations—let your customers know it’s business as usual and you are looking forward to hosting them. British Columbia is a very large province and sometimes our out-of-province guests can get confused by geographically misleading information.

See BC Parks website for most up to date information.

The B.C. River Forecast Centre reports, “Disturbances such as fire affect the hydrologic response of streams, rivers and lakes relevant to potential flooding. Specifically, flows from snowmelt dominated watersheds impacted by fires tend to be greater and peak earlier as compared to undisturbed areas, even under normal weather conditions. Many of the regions affected by burns last summer have above normal snow packs this year.”

If you are experiencing flooding issues that affect your home or business, please call the Provincial Emergency Reporting Line at 1-800-663-3456.

Five years ago, China was BC's second largest international market.  However, overnight visitation from China was down 64% in 2023 compared with 2019, largely due to the absence of group tour business.  At the Rendez-vous Canada event this week in Edmonton, BC tourism industry leaders met with Minister Counsellor Li Jiangang of the Chinese Embassy (Ottawa) to begin discussions on a path forward to regain approved destination status for group tour business and ultimately see visitors numbers from China return to pre-pandemic levels. 

Pictured L to R - Destination Vancouver's Karen Soyka, TIABC's Walt Judas, Counsellor Li, Indigenous Tourism BC's Paula Amos, Destination BC's Richard Porges.
WORTH (Women of Recreation, Tourism & Hospitality) hosted its first Leadership Summit in downtown Vancouver, attracting some 250 delegates, including TIABC CEO Walt Judas, that attended sessions on industry burnout, dismantling barriers to gender equity, leadership and other topics. Walt had the pleasure of introducing Tourism Minister Lana Popham who acknowledged a number of women leaders who are making a difference in BC's visitor economy.

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📬 Postcards from BC!

"Wish you were here" from Beach Tofino, courtesy of Dave Butler, VP/Sustainability CMH Heli-Skiing & Summer Adventures. 📸

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Sustainability and Partnerships Forum 🤝 💚 

Don't miss out on May 18, an engaging lineup featuring a dynamic panel of tourism experts and an insightful presentation on content creation! 

The event will be hosted at the Eagle Room, Best Western Valemount. Doors open at 5 pm, and the festivities will run from 6-9 pm. Enjoy tasty canapés provided by Tourism Valemount and refreshments at a cash bar. 🍽🥂

RSVP by May 14 to secure your spot! 🎟️
call (250) 566-3335 or email visitvalemount@gmail.com
📬 Postcards from BC!

"Wish you were here" from the Botanica Flower Festival Chilliwack, courtesy of Allison Colthorp Executive Director Tourism Chilliwack. 📸

Would you like your image to be featured in our weekly Postcards from BC? Contact deborah@tiabc.ca to share your slice of paradise!
📸 “Postcards from BC” featuring Brian Cant at the Red Mountain Resort Rossland! 

Would you like your image to appear in our weekly Postcards from BC feature? Contact deborah@tiabc.ca