Emergency Preparedness

Even though emergency response teams such as fire fighters, police and paramedics will always be there to help, disaster preparedness remains an individual responsibility. If evacuations become necessary, the ESS Team would be activated to provide basic food, shelter and clothing needs. However, in a devastating disaster, it may not always be possible for local emergency response teams to assist all families as quickly as they would like. Therefore, preparations for a disaster should begin at home.

Preparing Your Home

Emergency Support Services advises everyone in Williams Lake to assemble a personal preparedness kit. Your personal preparedness kit doesn't need to be created in a day, it can be pulled together over a period of time. However, it is important that every family is prepared to provide for their basic needs for at least 72 hours following a disaster. 

In order to direct families in the creation of a personal preparedness kit, an easy to follow, 26 week assembly plan has been produced by the Provincial Emergency Program (PEP). Once your emergency kit is assembled and your emergency plan is in place, don't forget to rotate and replace items as they expire. And most important, practice your plan and update it as your family's needs change.

For more information on Emergency Preparedness, visit the PreparedBC website.


Each day throughout the week, the City will be sharing vital interactive tips and procedures on Facebook, Twitter and the City’s website that can help residents be more prepared in the event of a disaster or emergency.

Follow along below for daily resources and tips on how to prepare yourself and your family in the event of a disaster or emergency.



EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS WEEK MAY 1-7 (DAY ONE): Can you name the top 10 hazards in B.C.? Different hazards can happen in each area of the province, but all of them require having a plan and getting prepared.

✔️Disease outbreaks
✔️Hazardous material spills
✔️Severe weather

Visit www.PreparedBC.ca/hazards to learn more about the hazards your community could face.