July 31, 2017
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.
- Great British Columbia ShakeOut: In the Resource Section, there are Drill Manuals and Planning Documents, including:
- Tourism Participant Guide
- Printable earthquake preparedness tent cards and door hangers
- Printable tsunami preparedness tent cards and door hangers
- Tsunami Information
- Wildfire Information
- Flood Information
- British Columbia Major Planned Events Guidelines
- People with Unique Preparedness Needs
- Parks Canada Mountain Safety Information
- Article: Victoria Double Tree by Hilton Hotel conducted a full hotel evacuation exercise as part of ShakeOut in partnership with Emergency Management BC and the Victoria Fire Dept.
- 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.
- BC Parks:
- BC Wildfire
- Avalanche Canada: trip planning and weather forecast information including avalanche bulletins
- BC River Forecast Center: flood warnings and advisories
- Drive BC
SOCIAL MEDIA CHANNELS:
- BC Emergency preparedness info: @PreparedBC
- BC Emergency alerts and notices: @EmergencyInfoBC
- Updates, news and prevention tips from the BC Wildfire Service: @BCGovFireInfo
- AdventureSmart BC: @BC__AS
- Great British Columbia ShakeOut!: @ShakeOutBC
- Canada’s official weather and climate source (BC): @ECCCWeatherBC
- DriveBC: @DriveBC
- Royal Canadian Marine Search and Rescue: @RCM_SAR
- BC Search & Rescue Assoc. represents 80+ recognized SAR Groups in the BC: @BCSARAssoc
- Health Emergency Management BC: @BCHealthEM
- National Tsunami Warning Center: @NWS_NTWC
- Natural Resources Canada: @CANADAquakes
- U.S. Geographical Survey @USGSted
- The latest updates & info on spills in BC: @SpillsInfoBC