PreparedBC: Emergency Planning Resources for Tourism Operators

Emergency Planning

When natural disasters strike, tourism operators play a vital role in providing information, direction, and guidance for tourists and visitors unfamiliar with BC and its potential hazards.

Below you will find many industry-specific resources available for your use in preparing for emergencies when they occur, including ways to prepare for tsunami, wildfire, flood, wildlife encounters, avalanche, and other natural and recreation-related risks. Check out drill manuals and preparedness guides and plans, BC-wide safety awareness events, and channels to stay connected with the most up-to-date weather and emergency alerts.

By sharing this information with your staff and guests, you can help prepare them for various emergency scenarios and ensure a high standard of safety.

PreparedBC: Guide for Tourism Operators

Follow this step-by-step guide to prepare your operation and staff for emergencies: know the risks, make a plan, have key contacts on hand, stock up on materials and supplies, communicate with and train employees on emergency responses, conduct practice and drills, and more.

PreparedBC: Emergency Plan for Tourism Operators

Use these templates, tools, and checklists to begin the process of planning and preparing for emergencies that may impact staff and guests.



  • High Ground Hike: In British Columbia, Tsunami Preparedness Week is held the second full week of every April. Hosting a High Ground Hike is a great way to recognize the week and engage residents and visitors on the subject of local tsunami risk and proper response.
  • Emergency Preparedness Week:  first full week of May each year.
  • Great British Columbia ShakeOut: annual October event.



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