Emergency Preparedness
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Be prepared to take care of yourself and your family for at least 72 hours

Major events

Learn about major events occuring in the Interior Health area.

Forest fires

Dealing with a forest fire is a stressful time! Below is some helpful information about your health during this ordeal, dealing with stress and helping kids cope with a fire threat.
Air quality

Learn more about air quality and your health during a forest fires.

Water quality

  • Make sure your water is safe. Contact your water supplier or check their website to see if there is a public notification in place.
  • Fire suppression using heavy equipment and fire retardants can introduce sediments and chemicals into both surface and ground water drinking water sources. However, the risks posed by properly managed fire suppression are typically outweighed by the long-term negative impacts resulting from wildfire in a community watershed. This fire season Phos-Chek will again be the primary retardant employed by fire fighters. Phos-Chek contains ammonium sulphate, ammonium phosphate, a gum thickener, a flow conditioner, iron oxide (colour) and a cyanide-free corrosion inhibitor. Phos-Check is considered to have a low toxicity and be a low risk to human health. Nitrogen concentrations can be used as an indicator of contamination of downstream water supplies. For more information on wildfire management in BC visit BC WildFire.
  • Read the guidelines for sampling of private water systems.
  • To find a provincially accredited lab near you, or consult your yellow pages under Laboratories – Analytical.

Find out more about safe drinking water.

Food safety

If an earthquake, hurricane, winter storm, or other disaster strikes your community, you might not have access to food, water, and electricity for days or even weeks. By taking some time now to store emergency food and water supplies, you can provide for your entire family.


Current flood information is available from the BC Emergency Program.

Other resources

Pandemic planning

The impact of any disaster can be reduced by being prepared.

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