BC Tourism Emergency Framework - May 2022

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 Info BC

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

Twitter: @EmergencyInfoBC

Drive BC

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

Twitter: @DriveBC

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.

Flood Warnings and Advisories

Current Streamflow Conditions and Flood Forecast Modeling

Snow Conditions and Water Supply Bulletins

WILDFIRES

The BC Wildfire Service

Twitter: @BCGovFireInfo

Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/BCForestFireInfo/

Campfire bans, restrictions and forest use

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

PARKS AND RECREATION SITES—WARNINGS AND CLOSURES

BC Parks

Information regarding Provincial campgrounds and park closures.

http://www.env.gov.bc.ca/bcparks/

Recreation Sites and Trails

Alerts, closures and warnings regarding BC’s rustic campsites and recreational trails.

www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/sports-culture/recreation/camping-hiking/sites-trails/alerts

WEATHER ALERTS

Environment Canada

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

Twitter: @environmentca

EMERGENCY ASSISTANCE

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

BC community support services

Twitter: @RedCrossBCY

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.

Flooding

See BC Parks website for most up to date information: www.env.gov.bc.ca/bcparks

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.

B.C. River Forecast Centre

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