Wildfires have always been a reality in British Columbia, but in the past few years, their impacts on people, buisnesses and tourism have been increasing.
On the heels of two of the worst wildfire seasons in the province's history, PreparedBC has released a
new Wildfire Preparedness Guide. The guide contains useful information that will help British Columbians better protect themselves and their homes, understand what to do if a wildfire approaches their community, how to stay safe in the event of a wildfire, and how to help reduce the stress and anxiety that an emergency situation may cause.
The guide focuses specifically on what residents can do to prepare themselves before, during and after a wildfire, including:
- developing a household plan;
- assembing a grab-and-go bag for all family members and pets;
- learning about the local government's emergency response plan; and
- tips on how to handle wildfire smoke, wildfire-related stress and how to FireSmart a property.
The guide builds on a number of hazard-specific resources designed to prepare people for emergencies in BC. The Wildfire Preparedness Guide was created by Emergency Management BC, in partnership with the BC Wildfire Service, FireSmart BC and the Office if the Fire Commissioner.