Emergency Program

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Emergencies and disasters are unpredictable and can happen without warning.  You and your family can stay safe during emergencies, with help from the Squamish Emergency Program (SEP).

How to Prepare

Residents and businesses must be prepared to be self-sufficient for at least 3 days or more following a major emergency such as an earthquake or flood.

Here are four simple steps to better prepare your family to face a range of emergencies:

  • Know the risks

    Although the consequences of disasters can be similar, knowing the risks specific to our community and our region (like what to do in the case of floods, earthquakes, wind storms, and technological or environmental accidents) can help you better prepare.

  • Make a plan and practice it

    Every Squamish household needs an emergency plan. Having a plan and practicing it removes some of the ‘unknown’ in an emergency or disaster situation.

  • Get an emergency kit

    During an emergency, you may need to get by without power or tap water. You will also need some basic supplies. Plan to be on your own for at least 3 days or more.

  • Have a grab and go bag

During an emergency, you may need to leave your home immediately. A grab and go bag will help you through the next 12-24 hours. It should be personalized for each member of your family, including infants.

How the District is Preparing

The Emergency Program is responsible for coordinating procedures to mitigate, prepare for, respond to and recover from large-scale emergencies. Emergency Program staff work in partnership with local first response agencies and District departments to develop and implement plans and programs to protect the community during disasters. 

How You Can Get Involved

Want to give back to your community, make a difference to people affected by disaster, hone your public speaking skills, develop new skills or meet new people? Volunteer with the Emergency Program.

Our emergency volunteers receive training to conduct personal emergency preparedness workshops, provide personal assistance to evacuees, staff reception centres, participate in public fairs and special events, and more. If you would like to learn more about volunteering or apply to join the volunteer team, contact sep@squamish.ca 604.898.9666.

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