Know the Hazards

Squamish is set in a geographically complex yet beautiful natural environment at the north end of Howe Sound, surrounded by rugged coastal mountains rising to elevations of more than 2500 metres. What makes Squamish attractive as a place to live, work and play also increases the potential for hazard impacts.

The people of Squamish have exposure to the second highest number of hazards in the province. The District's recently completed Community Risk Assessment revealed the main hazards to be earthquakes, flooding, landslides, and wildfire.

It is monumentally important that every capable individual prepare themselves for the possibility of an evacuation. Please be sure to visit our Preparedness page to learn how you and your family can help stay safe in an emergency.



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Flood events can range in scale from minor to major. Minor events often present little threat to the public with minimal or no property damage. Major events can cause extensive damage or destruction to critical infrastructure, while presenting a high degree of danger to the public.

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Debris Flow


Debris flows are very fast-moving, liquefied landslides that carry soil and other debris including boulders, and vegetation. Known debris flow hazards within Squamish include the Cheekye Fan and Stawamus River

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An earthquake occurs when there is a sudden release of energy within the earth’s crust. Earthquakes strike suddenly, violently, and without warning at any time. Knowing what to do during an earthquake can help protect you and your property.

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Wildfires burning in urban areas can be devastating when they encroach on human settlements and critical infrastructure. Wildland fires primarily occur during hot, dry weather when forest fuel sources are particularly susceptible to lightning strikes and human carelessness. Squamish has many forested areas in and around the Municipality, heightening the potential risk posed by an interface fire.

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