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Natural Disasters Preparedness Planning

Earthquakes, tsunamis, floods and wildfires are just some of the potential hazards in British Columbia.

During a disaster, phone, gas, electrical and water services may be disrupted. Roads could be blocked, stores closed and gas stations out-of-service. You and your loved ones could be on your own for several days while emergency responders work to save lives and manage the aftermath.

It may be weeks before infrastructure, utilities and essential services are restored. It’s important for everyone to be prepared by knowing the risks in their community, having a household plan and having an emergency kit.

Having a disability means you likely need to consider preparedness actions above and beyond the “basics”.

Some things to think about are:

  • My ability to communicate may be restricted
  • My surroundings may change and look unfamiliar
  • My service animal or guide dog may be hurt or frightened
  • My health may be impacted by stress or confusion Disasters can be overwhelming and stress may make some conditions worse for people. You may even have to ask for assistance in circumstances you usually do not. Be sure to talk to someone about how you are feeling and reach out for help if needed.

Link to Prepared BC: preparedbc_preparedness_for_people_with_a_disability_guide_web