Disaster Response Routes

Familiarize yourself with the Disaster Response Routes in your area.



Listen to the Radio and Television for public service announcements regarding specific routes and what they are being used for. Be prepared to find other routes if you must be on the roads during those times when the disaster response routes in your area have been activated.

Watch this quick 4-minute video for an overview of Disaster Response Routes 

A dedicated route for emergency responders in a disaster situation... planning ahead for a rapid response... to reach you and your family.

What is a Disaster Response Route?

Disaster Response Routes are a network of pre-identified municipal and provincial roads that can best move emergency services and supplies to where they are needed in the event of a major disaster. Emergency planners and transportation engineers from all levels of government have cooperated to identify these routes. Public awareness and cooperation is necessary to keep these Disaster Response Routes clear following an earthquake or other disaster, in the interest of saving lives and protecting property

When are Disaster Response Routes activated?

Disaster Response Routes are activated only as needed to meet the demands of an emergency or disaster situation. Only required routes are utilized and only for as long as needed.

Why do we need Disaster Response Routes?

Fire, police, ambulance and other emergency and life-saving equipment, services and supplies must move quickly to where the greatest need is…and mobility is the key. Road access from one area to another, from airports and ports, must be kept clear of non-essential vehicles and debris. It could be you they are coming to assist!

What to expect

The Disaster Response Routes should be the first roads to be cleared. Emergency responders and police will control access to Disaster Response Routes and in the immediate aftermath of a disaster, the routes will likely be limited to emergency needs, including controlled evacuation. As soon as possible, the public will e allowed back onto the Disaster Response Routes. In some areas, specific Disaster Response Routes could be reserved for speedy delivery of supplies from ports or nearby airstrips, or for organized medical evacuation to unaffected hospitals.

Who can use a Disaster Response Route?

Designated responders have been issued with placards identifying them and their vehicles. This will allow for quick identification at checkpoints and permit the efficient movement of required resources to where they are needed most.

Not an Evacuation Route

Many people believe these signs identify an evacuation route which people would use to leave an area. Not true. Disaster Response Routes are required for the movement of responders and resources for emergency or disaster response. The designation of Disaster Response Routes means other roadways can be utilized for nonemergency traffic, commuting, or the unlikely event of an organized evacuation. Disaster Response Routes are NOT evacuation routes.