EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT & PLANNING

 The Village of Pemberton's priority is to create a safe place for us to live and work.  Emergencies can happen anywhere and anytime.   It's important to understand the risk and put systems and plans in place that minimize or mitigate the risks.  

Everyone has a role to play in Emergency Management.  Residents should be prepared to take care of themselves for at east 72 hours in the event of an emergency situation.  To learn how to prepare your home or workplace, visit PreparedBC.

For more information on Emergency Preparedness and Planning, please contact the Village at 604.894.6135.

Emergency Planning in the Village of Pemberton

The Village of Pemberton’s Emergency Program is responsible for the coordination of planning for, response to and recovery from major emergencies and disasters.  The Village of Pemberton has a comprehensive Emergency Management Plan that outlines how a major emergency or disaster would be managed.

In the event of a major emergency or disaster, the Village of Pemberton staff are trained to activate an Emergency Operations Centre (EOC) – a central command facility where key staff members and other agencies gather to coordinate an emergency response.  The EOC is designed to support an emergency event in a number of ways, such as providing public information, acquiring supplies, managing evacuations and coordinating agencies.

The Village of Pemberton Emergency Program maintains good relationships with local first response agencies (Pemberton Fire Rescue, BC Ambulance, RCMP and Pemberton Search and Rescue), Emergency Management British Columbia, other local governments and jurisdictions and community groups to develop and implement plans, and to ensure a coordinated response during an emergency or disaster.

Emergency Program Coordinator

The Village of Pemberton Emergency Program Coordinator is responsible for the coordination of emergency programs for the Village of Pemberton.  This role involves maintaining good relationships with external agencies and members of the community, providing a platform for emergency preparedness education, developing and maintaining plans relating to preparedness, response and recovery, maintenance of the Emergency Operations Centre location and equipment, supporting Emergency Social Services, and coordinating training and exercises where necessary.

Emergency Social Services

The Village of Pemberton Emergency Program, in partnership with the Canadian Red Cross, runs and maintains the Emergency Social Services program.  The program is made up of a number of local volunteers and has the capability to respond to small and large scale emergencies – from house fires, to floods.  In a small event that may only affect one family, Emergency Social Services volunteers can provide resources and advice on moving forward to those in need.  In a large scale emergency or disaster, Emergency Social Services Volunteers may open up a Reception Centre, which allows them to provide aid to a larger number of persons in need.

The Canadian Red Cross and Pemberton Emergency Social Services is always looking for volunteers.  Being a volunteer with the Canadian Red Cross offers many exciting training opportunities, as well as the chance to make a difference in your community.

For more information about Pemberton Emergency Social Services or to apply to become a Canadian Red Cross Volunteer please contact the Village of Pemberton at 604.894.6135.

Flood Planning & Information

The community of Pemberton sits at a low elevation within a steep mountain valley and the confluence of the Green River and the Lillooet River. This geographical position makes the Pemberton Valley ideal for farming, but also susceptible to flooding. Major floods occurred in 1984 and 2003.

Flood threats can usually be forecast in several ways, including monitoring and evaluating rising water tables that result from heavy rain, monitoring snow conditions, and meteorological forecasts.

The Village of Pemberton has an Emergency Response/Recovery Plan in place. This plan would be enacted in the event of a flood, and would include regular media advisories with detailed instructions and recommended actions people should take to limit or prevent disasters.

For general precautions regarding floods, please see the Government of Canada web page: Floods: What to Do? 

Before a flood:

  • Prepare your home - learn how at Emergency Management BC.
  • Prepare your family by developing a household emergency plan and practice your plan regularly.
  • Prepare an emergency kit that will allow you and your family to be self-sufficient for at least 72 hours.
  • Always keep at least half a tank of gas in your vehicle.
  • Pay attention to weather and information updates on radio, tv and the internet.

During a flood:

  • Get to high ground.
  • Stay away from moving water.
  • Keep any drainage areas around your home unblocked and free of debris.
  • Stay tuned to local media for updates.

After a flood:

Resources:

ENVIRONMENT CANADA REAL - TIME WATER LEVELS

This site provides public access to both real-time and historical hydrometric (water level and stream flow) data collected at over 1200 locations in Canada. These data are collected under a national program jointly administered under federal-provincial and federal-territorial cost-sharing agreements.  Find water levels for The Lillooet River, the Hurley River, and Fitsimmons Creek.

EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT BC - FLOOD INFORMATION

This site, hosted by the Ministry of Public Safety and Solicitor General, is a great resource and includes information on topics such as: flood precautions; flood proofing your home; preparedness information; disaster financial assistance; and flood recovery.

Community Wildfire Prevention & Planning

Most wildfires in BC are human related.  Once a wildfire starts it can be very unpredictable.  Because of Pemberton’s close proximity to forest and grassland areas it is important to prepare your home and family in case of a wildfire.

Before a Wildfire:

  • Be FireSmart – Learn how from Pemberton Fire Rescue
  • Visit Pemberton Fire Rescue’s page to learn about current burning restrictions in place.
  • Prepare your family by developing a household emergency plan and practice your plan regularly.
  • Prepare an emergency kit that is easy to grab-and-go if you have to evacuate your home.
  • Make sure there is a smoke detector on every floor of your home and in each bedroom.

 During a Wildfire:

  • If you see a wildfire call 1-800-663-5555 or *5555 on your cell phone.
  • Prepare your family and pet to evacuate your home at short notice.
  • If you have time to prepare your home before you evacuate you should:
    • Move combustible items away from your home.
    • Close windows, door and vents.
    • Turn on lights and leave doors unlocked so that firefighters can easily located and access your home.
    • Connect garden hoses to outside faucets.
    • Turn off any gas or propane.

After a Wildfire:

 

Report a Wildfire 1-800-663-5555 or *5555 from a cellular phone or 911

Earthquake Planning & Information

Western British Columbia faces significant potential for earthquakes because of its proximity to moving plates beneath the earth’s crust.  Approximately 5000 earthquakes are recorded in British Columbia every year; while many of these are at a small magnitude and occur offshore, a large earthquake could happen at any time and without warning.

You can help prepare your family for an earthquake by preparing in advance.  Build an emergency kit, make a family emergency plan and know what to do if the ground starts shaking.

Before an earthquake:

  • Visit ShakeOutBC’s website for some great preparedness tips
  • Prepare your family by developing a family emergency plan and practice it regularly.
  • Prepare an emergency kit that will allow you and your family to be self-sufficient for at least 72 hours.

During an earthquake:

If you are indoors:

  • Drop under a sturdy table or piece of furniture to cover your body as much as possible.
  • Hold on to the piece of furniture, and stay with it if it moves.
  • If furniture is unavailable to you, use an interior wall or corner, crouch down and protect your head and neck with your arms.
  • Even if the shaking stops there could be aftershocks, so count to 60 before leaving your safe spot.
  • Remember: DROP, COVER and HOLD ON.

If you are outside:

  • Move away from buildings, trees, utility poles and wires that may produce falling debris.
  • Crouch down on the ground as you may find it difficult to stand while the ground is shaking.
  • Stay out in an open space until the shaking stops.

 If you are driving a vehicle:

  • Pull over quickly and safely away from utility poles, wires, trees and bridges. 
  • Remain in your vehicle and turn on the radio for updates.
  • Once the shaking stops and you feel it is safe to drive, proceed cautiously and watch for down utility poles and breaks in the pavement.          

After an earthquake:

  • Check yourself and others for injuries.
  • Get your emergency kit and evacuate the building if you are inside one.
  • Tune in to local media for information and updates.
  • Follow the Emergency Management BC’s guide to recovery:

http://www2.gov.bc.ca/assets/gov/public-safety-and-emergency-services/emergency-preparedness-response-recovery/embc/preparedbc/one_step_at_a_time_guide_to_disaster_recovery.pdf