Smithers RCMP - Online Crime Reporting

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For emergencies please call 9-1-1

If you have a crime that requires a police officer, call the non-emergency number at 250-847-3233.

Open Burning

The Smithers Fire Department would like to remind residents that the Town of Smithers Open Burning Bylaw No. 1155 prohibits any open burning of domestic waste materials, garden refuse, garbage, land clearing or noxious materials.

For more information, please contact the Smither Fire Rescue @ 250-847-2015.

How to Prepare in the Event of an Emergency

#2017-05 For Immediate Release
July 11, 2017

Preparing for an emergency is important and something everyone should do. Here are three simple steps to help prepare your family to face a range of emergencies:

1. Have an emergency kit – Be prepared to be self-sufficient for at least 72 hours. Your kit should include:

  • 3 day supply of water & non-perishable food (for every person and pet)
  • flashlight & batteries
  • battery-powered or wind-up AM/FM radio
  • first aid kit
  • whistle
  • seasonal clothing & footwear
  • toiletries & medications
  • blanket
  • cell phone, charger & out of area contact card
  • local maps & cash in small bills
  • copies of important documents

2. Make a plan – Every household needs an emergency plan.  It will help you and your family know what to do if disaster strikes.  Make a plan, share it with your family and practice your plan.

3. Stay informed – In an event of an emergency, listen to local radio. Information on where to gather and safe routes of exit will be shared on the radio, online media and the Town website www.smithers.ca

Information on how to make an emergency plan and suggestions for what goes into a basic kit, can be found on the Prepared BC website at  www.gov.bc.ca/PreparedBC.
For more information, contact Smithers Fire Rescue at 250-847-2015.

Thank you for being prepared!

FOR MORE INFORMATION:

Keith Stecko
Fire Chief
Smithers Fire Rescue
250-847-2015

Radon Awareness

What is Radon? Radon is a radioactive gas that occurs when uranium in soil and rock breaks down. You can't see it, smell it, or taste it. In enclosed spaces, such as a home, it can accumulate to dangerous levels.

Radon Health Effects: After smoking, radon is the leading cause of lung cancer in Canada.

Radon Entry into the Home: Radon can enter anywhere a building comes into contact with the soil. This may include the following:

  • Construction joints
  • Window casements
  • Floor drains
  • Cracks in foundation walls and in floor slabs

How do I know if my home has radon? The only way to know if your home has radon is to TEST. Testing is the first step before making a decision to mitigate your home's radon level. Testing is simple and low cost. The BC Lung Association recommends you test your home's radon level in the winter months when your home is "sealed-up."

Where do I get a Radon Test Kit? Northern Health sells long-term radon test kits, which can be purchased for $25 each from the Smithers Health Unit, email: radon@northernhealth.ca

For more information, please see the links below:
 

Fire Smart

Priority #1- Create a fuel free space around your home, remove any shrubs, dead fall and trees. Woodpiles and Propane tanks should also be moved out of this area.

Priority #2 - In the area 10 to 30 metres away from structures any fuels should be reduced by thinning and pruning vegetation and trees. This will slow a fire’s spread.  If planting new trees, consider deciduous species such as aspen, poplar or birch, as they have a low flammability rate.

Priority #3 -  This zone begins 30 metres from any structure and extends to a distance of 100 metres and beyond.  This area should be thinned out of trees and vegetation so that if the fire should spread, the fire will be less intense. 

For more information on creating a defensible space around your home, web links are provided below.

Children

Children can be especially sensitive to the emotional stress of an emergency. Parents can help prepare children by including them in the planning process and answering their questions about safety. Make sure your children take part in your preparation process and ensure that you have included supplies that make them feel comfortable and safe.

Remember:

  • School or Day Care
  • Know your child's school or day care emergency plan.
  • Find out where children will be taken in the event of an evacuation during school hours.
  • Keep your contact information up-to-date at your child's school.
  • Authorize a friend or relative to pick up your children in an emergency and let the school know who that designated person is.
  • Put your child's emergency plan card on file at his or her school.

Teach your children the following:

  • Their basic contact information.
  • How to dial your home telephone number and important cell phone numbers.
  • How and when to call 911. Role-play 911 calls with them.
  • What to do if a parent becomes ill and the child is alone.
  • How to reach an "out-of-area" family contact.
  • What natural gas smells like and what they should do if they smell it.
  • Basic emergency response plans, such as your family evacuation plan and Stop, Drop, & Roll, and practice them together.

Possible Additions to the Emergency Survival Kit

  • Toys and games
  • A recent family photograph
  • Comfort foods and treats

 

BUSINESS OWNERS:

In order to protect the health and safety of their employees and their businesses, business owners and managers should:

  1. Prepare, review, revise and exercise their emergency plans and evacuation procedures; and
  2. Maintain an emergency supplies kit, including not only survival items (water, flashlight, special medications), but also items that will provide comfort if you are evacuated (comfortable shoes and a first-aid kit)

If threat information is received that is specific to a certain building or business, the appropriate facilities will be contacted as necessary by public safety officials to alert them to additional security provisions that are being made or should be taken.

Communication in an Emergency

Communication Tips

Traditional means of communication may be limited during a widespread emergency situation. It is important that you identify several different ways to communicate with your family and friends.
 

Emergency communication:

  • Long distance lines often work even if local phone lines do not.
  • Designate an out-of-area contact person. Family members should call this person to report their location if they cannot reach each other. Provide your contact person with important names and numbers so they can assist in keeping others posted on your situation, and let your friends and family know whom they can contact to check on you in case of an emergency.
  • Cell phone networks are often overwhelmed during an emergency; do not rely on using your cell phone for calls.
  • Text messaging on cell phones sometimes works even when the network is overwhelmed.
  • Make sure you have at least one phone in your house that does not require electricity to work. (Cordless phones and most business phone systems do require electricity.)
  • Avoid making non-emergency calls!
  • Keep coins and important contact information in your go bag for pay phones, which often have service restored before residential customers.
  • Make sure your entire household knows necessary emergency contact information.
  • Program an ICE or in-case-of-emergency point of contact into your cell phone in case you are incapacitated. This should be a family member, friend, or relative.

Community
Knowing your neighbors can give you a critical advantage during an emergency. Good community relationships can help keep your family and neighborhood safe and simplify your family communication plan. Make arrangements with your neighbors to check on each other's homes and pets when traveling. Find out what specialized knowledge, skills, and equipment members of your community possess. Knowing what is available to you in the event of a disaster can make your response more effective.

Volunteer opportunities are available to assist in community emergency preparedness and response as well. These function to assist first responders and other agencies during disasters and large-scale emergencies.

Public Alerting & Media Sources

Public Alerting in the Town of Smithers consists of a variety of systems and approaches, including but not limited to door-to-door notifications by fire, police, or other municipal employees/community support groups and the media.

Residents may also visit the Town of Smithers website at www.smithers.ca  for the most up-to-date information

Local media sources include:

  • Radio
  • Television
  • Newspaper

Seniors & Disabled

During an emergency, seniors and those with a disability may have special needs that must be considered when creating a household plan and emergency survival kit.

Mobility

  • If you or a family member have difficulty moving quickly and easily, make sure your neighbours are aware and that you have someone who can check in during an emergency.
  • Develop a support network with several people who will continue to follow up with you following an emergency.

Medication & Medical Supplies

  • Keep a separate supply of at least 7 days worth of any medication or critical medical supplies, such as oxygen.
  • If you rely on electric medical equipment, such as wheelchairs, ventilators and oxygen compressors, talk to your medical supply company about getting batteries or a generator as a back up power source.

Care

  • During an emergency, personal care attendants may not be able to make it to their patients. Make sure you have made arrangements with caregivers and/or are familiar with your personal care agencies emergency policy.
  • If you have a service animal, make sure that it has a registered tag.


Additions to the Emergency Survival Kit and Go Bag:

  • Extra mobility aids, including a manual wheelchair (Car batteries may be used to run an electric wheelchair)
  • Whistle to signal for help
  • Necessary medications and supplies
  • Special sanitary needs
  • Important medical phone numbers
  • Food that meets specialized dietary needs
  • Make a list of your medications, medical conditions, insurance information, allergies, and have your insurance cards available. Keep one copy with you at all times, and give the other copy to someone else for safekeeping.

Pets

Pets are part of our families. During an emergency situation, it is important to know how to keep our animal companions safe. Emergencies can happen at any time, so prepare today. Assemble a pet emergency kit and make arrangements for your pet in the event that you must evacuate.

Pet Emergency Kits
Prepare an emergency kit for your pet. Be sure you have:

  • Food, potable water, bowls, paper towel and a can opener
  • Blanket and a small toy
  • Sturdy leash/harness
  • Cat litter/pan (if required) and plastic bags
  • Carrier for transporting your pet
  • Medications and medical records (including vaccinations)
  • Current photo of your pet in case your pet gets lost
  • Information on feeding schedules, medical or behavioral problems in case you must board your pet
  • Up-to-date ID tag with your phone number and the name/phone number of your veterinarian
  • Copy of licence (if required)
  • Muzzle (if required)

Keep this kit in the same spot as your family emergency survival kit for easy retrieval. Pets need supplies, too.

Animals get anxious during emergencies. If possible, keep your pet in a carrying cage with a familiar blanket, so your pet(s) feels as secure as possible. Do not leave your pet alone, with strangers or without a leash at any time. During an emergency, your pet may panic, behave in a distressed manner or even run away and end up lost. Or, because of the distressed state, your pet may bite someone. Remember ... during an emergency, you are still responsible for your pet.

Pets and Evacuations
If safety permits, take your pet with you!
It is important to note that some evacuation centres may not accept pets, with the exception of service animals (e.g., guide-eye dogs). Please do research ahead of time to ensure that you are not separated from your animal:

  • Contact hotels and motels outside your immediate area and check their policy on accepting pets during an emergency.
  • Ask friends and relatives outside your immediate area if they could shelter your pets in an emergency.
  • Prepare a list of boarding facilities and veterinarians who could shelter animals in an emergency (include a 24-hour phone number).
  • Contact local animal shelters and ask if they provide shelter for pets in the event of an emergency. This should only be used as a last resort, as animal shelters have limited resources and will be very busy in an emergency.
  • Record this information on a sheet and keep it in your pet emergency kit. Review it regularly to ensure the information is accurate.

You may not be at home when an evacuation order is issued. In advance of an emergency, ask a trusted neighbour to evacuate your pet if need be, and meet you in a prearranged location. This individual should have a key to your home, know where the pet emergency kit is located, be comfortable with your pet and, more importantly, know where your pet is likely to be.


Returning Home

  • In the days following an evacuation, don't let your pet go outside unattended. Familiar scents and landmarks may have changed and your pet may get easily confused or lost. If there has been damage to your property, be aware that there could be sharp materials, electrical wires or other hazards in and around you home. Inspect your property carefully before allowing your pet to enter.
  • Remember, the behaviour of your pet may be different after an emergency. Monitor your pet and contact your veterinarian if you are concerned.

Home Safety

Home Safety
Make sure your house is as safe as possible by following these few simple guidelines:

  • Install smoke detectors on each level of your home and change batteries every 6 months. 
  • Clear hallways and exits for easy evacuation.
  • Keep ABC type fire extinguishers. Make sure you know how and when to use them.
  • Store flammable or highly reactive chemicals securely and separately from each other.
  • Know how and when to switch off your utilities.
  • Keep utility company emergency phone numbers in one place near the telephone.
  • Install carbon monoxide detectors on each level of your home and change batteries every 6 months. 
  • Have a set place for storing your Emergency Supply Kit and a Go Bag.

Utilities
Knowing where your utility mains are and how to operate them is key to household safety and can significantly decrease property damage during an emergency. Make sure every member of your household is familiar with the location of your main water, electric, and gas switches and valves and knows how to operate them.

Water:
In addition to property damage, water can cause electrocution when exposed to electrical wiring. Be sure to shut off your water when there is a severe leak in your building.

  • Your inside water shutoff valve is usually identifiable as a red or yellow wheel attached to a riser pipe in the basement, garage, or alley.
  • To shut off your water, turn the wheel clockwise.

Electricity:
Electrocution can be a very real risk during emergencies, resulting from exposure to live wires or anything that might have been electrified by them. Know where the main electric switch is in your home; it may be a pull handle or large circuit breaker in your fuse box. Make sure you shut off the electricity when:

  • You smell burning material during a complete power outage.
  • The area around electrical switches or plugs turns black or is hot.
  • Burning occurs in electrical devices or large appliances.
  • You smell burning insulation (very distinct odor).

Natural Gas:
Undetected gas leaks can cause explosions and fires when not dealt with properly. The main gas valve should be next to your gas meter on the outside of your building. Since it may take several days to restore your gas, only turn it off if you detect a leak, either by smell or because the unmarked wheels on the gas meter are spinning.

If you detect a leak:
Shut off the main valve and open all windows and doors:

  • Store a crescent wrench near your gas valve for emergency shut-off
  • To turn off the gas, turn the lever a quarter turn. The gas is off when the lever crosses the direction of the pipe across the flow.
  • Do not use any open flames like candles or matches and do not turn on electrical switches or appliances.
  • Do not attempt to turn your gas back on.  Call your local natural gas utility.

Shelter-in-Place

WHAT IS SHELTER- IN- PLACE?

Shelter-In-Place is the practice of going or remaining indoors during a sudden outdoor release of a hazardous substance. It has been demonstrated to be the most effective response during the first few hours of a substance release. Sheltering indoors creates a buffer between you and any toxic hazard that may be in the outside air.

The goal of Shelter-In-Place is to reduce the movement of air into and out of the building until the hazard has passed. It is based on using a building that is constructed tightly enough to withstand typical Canadian winter weather conditions.

An event such as a fire, motor vehicle crash, train derailment, industrial incident, or a natural disaster may cause a substance release. As a result, emergency responders may request that you Shelter-In-Place.

When asked to take shelter, you need to take the following steps:

  1. Immediately gather everyone indoors and stay there.
  2. Close and lock all windows and outside doors. If convenient, tape the gaps around the door frames.
  3. Extinguish indoor wood burning fires. If possible, close flue dampers.
  4. Turn off appliances or equipment that either blow out inside air or suck in outside air such as:
    • Bathroom and kitchen fans
    • Built-in vacuum systems
    • Gas stoves
    • Fireplaces
    • Clothes dryers
    • Air conditioners
  5. Turn down thermostats by about five degrees Celsius to minimize the on-time of furnaces.
  6. Leave open all inside doors.
  7. Avoid using the telephone, except for emergencies, so that you can be contacted by emergency response personnel.
  8. Stay tuned to local radio, television for possible information updates.
  9. Even if you see people outside, do not leave until told to do so.
  10. After the hazardous substance has passed you will receive an "all-clear" message. You may receive instructions to ventilate your building by opening all windows and doors; turning on fans and turning up thermostats. Once the building is completely ventilated, return all equipment to normal.

Evacuation

What To Do?

In some emergencies, Municipal Officials may request that you leave your home or place of work. Your local police, fire service, or other municipal employees may be the first agencies to advise you to leave, or you might hear information and announcements on your local radio or TV station requesting you to evacuate.

Should any of the situations described above occur, and you are asked to leave, the following steps should be taken:

  • Plan several different places you could go and find out where designated shelters are in your area.
  • Vacate your home or work when municipal officials request you to do so.  Ignoring such a request could put you and your family's health or safety at risk.
  • Listen to your local radio stations for information on the location of evacuation/reception centres.
  • Leave a note for your family that you have left and where you have gone. This will also assist emergency workers who might be going door-to-door.
  • Take your survival kit. 
  • Shut off utilities before leaving, if requested to do so. As part of your emergency planning, consult your local utilities. They can provide you with advice on the best way to do this.
  • Lock your house or business. 
  • Leave via any designated evacuation routes. 
  • Register with the local reception centre so that you can be contacted and reunited with your family.
  • Notify your family contact of your location and condition.

Wildland Fire Information

REPORT A WILDFIRE
1-800-663-5555 or *5555 from a cellular phone

Wildfire Information
1-888-3FOREST OR 1-888-336-7378

 

Current Situation and Conditions

Ministry of Forests and Range, BC Wildfire Management Branch - Current Wildfires
These are wildfires of note due to their visibility or potential threat to public safety. The most recent updates are given first.
http://bcwildfire.ca/hprScripts/WildfireNews/OneFire.asp


Danger Rating Map (updated twice daily)
Provincial Fire Danger Rating Maps are updated at approximately 1400 and 1800 PST.
http://bcwildfire.ca/Weather/Maps/danger_rating.htm


Wildfire News
This is where you will find news releases, digital images and backgrounders of interest.
http://bcwildfire.ca/MediaRoom/


Ministry of Transportation, Drive BC
Current reports, including road conditions and other important information for highway travellers.
http://www.th.gov.bc.ca/highwaytravellers.htm


Ministry of Environment, Air Quality Health Index
The Air Quality Index helps you become informed about the air quality in your area. 
http://www.bcairquality.ca/

FireSmart Manual
Office of the Fire Commissioner
http://www.embc.gov.bc.ca/ofc/index.htm


BC Northern Health
Smoke conditions and local air pollution levels can change due to the unpredictable nature of the fires. There are actions you can take to reduce the health effects of smoke in the air:
http://www.northernhealth.ca/YourHealth/EnvironmentalHealth.aspx


Natural Resources Canada, Forest Fires
The Government of Canada, through Natural Resources Canada's Canadian Forest Service (CFS), makes an important contribution to fire management.
https://www.nrcan.gc.ca/forests/fire/13143


Preparedness and Prevention

Interface Fire Prevention [PDF]
With the onset of warm, dry weather also comes the possibility of increased wildfire activity. During the warm weather months, everyone should be extra-cautious and mindful when enjoying outdoor summer activities.


Smoke from Fires [PDF]
Smoke conditions and local air pollution levels can change due to the unpredictable nature of the fires. Here's some helpful information for reducing your exposure to and the effects from smoke from forest fires.


Evacuation Preparedness [PDF]
Residents in high risk interface fire areas can prepare ahead by organizing a family emergency kit and making sure to have a family emergency plan.


Interface Fires, Public Safety and Evacuations [PDF]
An interface fire is a wildland fire that puts people at risk. Community response plans include a three-stage public safety evacuation process.


One Step At a Time: A Guide to Disaster Recovery [PDF]
If you experience damage from fire, here's what you can do. This guide takes you one step at a time through the recovery process.
 

General Information

Ministry of Forests and Range, BC Wildfire Management Branch
The BC Wildfire Management Branch is tasked with managing wildfires on both Crown and private lands outside of organized areas such as municipalities or regional districts. While the Protection Branch is mandated to protect life and assets, particularly forests and grasslands, it gives high priority to fires in interface areas where communities and forests come together.
http://bcwildfire.ca/


Office of the Fire Commissioner
The Office of the Fire Commissioner is the senior fire authority in the province with respect to fire safety and prevention. Services include administration and enforcement of fire safety legislation, training of Local Assistants to the Fire Commissioner, fire loss statistics collection, fire investigation, fire inspection, response to major fire emergencies, advice to local governments on delivery of fire protection services, public fire safety education.
http://www.embc.gov.bc.ca/ofc/index.htm

2007 Wildland Fire 
Historical Information. Click here

2006 Wildland Fire 
Historical Information. Click here

Weather Events

Personal Preparedness

General Information

Historical Information

Flood Information

FLOODING INFORMATION: http://www.emergencyinfobc.gov.bc.ca/

Current Flood Situation
Report. For updates on EMBC's action in support of flood control efforts and flood response.
http://www.emergencyinfobc.gov.bc.ca/
 

Watch the Video:
Flood Proofing Your Home / Sandbag Tips 
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cpgedC0ORRM      


Flood Watch Notifications and Current Forecasts
Links to Federal and B.C. Government websites that monitor weather conditions and river levels.
http://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/safety/emergency-preparedness-response-recovery
 

Personal Flood Preparedness and Prevention.
Fact sheets, guides and links to other resources with related information.
http://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/safety/emergency-preparedness-response-recovery

Flood Recovery and Financial Assistance.
Information, guides and forms.
http://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/safety/emergency-preparedness-response-recovery

The Flood Protection Program
The Flood Protection Program assists local governments and communities with funding for flood protection works across B.C.
http://www.th.gov.bc.ca/BCFCC/


Stages of Evacuation
Descriptions of the levels of evacuation and tips to help you and your family prepare.
http://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/safety/emergency-preparedness-response-recovery


Emergency Social Services
If you are ordered to evacuate, ESS may be able to help you get food, lodging and clothing for about three days. Read more on the ESS website.
http://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/safety/emergency-preparedness-response-recovery/volunteers/emergency-social-services
 

Flooding

Fire Safety

Testing doors before opening

  • Before opening any doors along your escape route, kneel or crouch at the door. Reach up as high as you can and touch the door, the knob and the space between the door and its frame with the back of your hand.  If the door is warm, use an alternate escape route.  If the door is completely cool, open it cautiously.  Put your shoulder against the door and open it slowly. A fire that has died down for lack of oxygen can flare up when a supply of fresh air rushes through the door you open.  If heat or smoke enters the room, slam the door and make sure it is closed securely.  Also take steps to seal around the door with duct tape or towels to prevent smoke from entering the room. 

What to do if you are trapped

  • If your window is above the first storey, you should not drop to the ground.  Unless you have an escape ladder or can climb down a balcony, porch, tree or garage, wait at the window for the fire department to rescue you.  If possible, open the window a few inches at the top and bottom.  Fresh air will enter at the bottom, and smoke will leave through the top.  If the open window is drawing smoke into the room from any source, close the window tight. 
     
  • Stuff clothes or towels in the cracks under the door or seal around it with duct tape to keep smoke from entering the room.  If there is a working phone in the room, call the fire department and tell the dispatcher where you are.  The information will be relayed to the firefighters at the fire scene.  Stay at the window and wave a flashlight or large light-colored cloth, such as a towel or sheet, to help firefighters find you.

Crawl low under smoke

  • During a fire, superheated air and smoke fill the room from the top down.  Some poisonous smoke may settle in a layer near the floor.  But in between, this will leave a "safety zone" of breathable air about 1 to 2 feet (30 to 60 centimeters) above the floor.
     
  • If you encounter smoke during your escape from a fire, turn around and use an alternate route.  If you must exit through an area with smoke, crawl on your hands and knees to your exit, keeping your head in the safety zone.

Get everyone out of the house and do not re-enter!  Call 911 from a neighbour's phone.
 

Earthquake Preparedness

Personal Preparedness

  • Emergency Management BC endorses and supports "Drop, Cover, and Hold On" as the appropriate actions for individuals to take to best protect themselves in the event of an earthquake. “Drop, Cover and Hold On” is also recognized and supported by seismologists, engineers, governments, emergency management professionals and first response agencies throughout North America.

  • In earthquake prone areas of Canada, the U.S. and in many other countries, strict building codes have worked to greatly reduce the potential of structure collapse. Studies of injuries and deaths caused by earthquakes over the last several decades show that you are much more likely to be injured by falling or flying objects (TVs, lamps, glass, bookcases, etc.) than to die in a collapsed building.

    The main goal of "Drop, Cover, and Hold On" is to protect you from falling and flying debris and other non-structural hazards, and to increase the chance of your ending up in a survivable void space if the building actually collapses. The space under a sturdy table or desk is likely to remain even if the building collapses- pictures from around the world show tables and desks standing with rubble all around them, and even holding up floors that have collapsed. Despite the recent earthquake messages promoting the "Triangle of Life" theory, whereby it is suggested that it is safer to be beside a sturdy object rather than underneath one, there is overwhelming evidence contradicting this technique.

    This is why EMBC agrees with emergency managers, researchers, and school safety advocates, as well as official rescue teams from Canada, the U.S. and other countries who have searched for trapped people in collapsed structures around the world: "Drop, Cover, and Hold On" is the most appropriate action for individuals to take to reduce the possibility of injury or death during earthquakes.

  • DROP down onto your hands and knees (before the earthquake knocks you down). This position protects you from falling but allows you to still move if necessary.

  • COVER your head and neck (and your entire body if possible) under a sturdy table or desk. If there is no shelter nearby, only then should you get down near an interior wall (or next to low-lying furniture that won't fall on you), and cover your head and neck with your arms and hands.

  • HOLD ON to your shelter (or to your head and neck) until the shaking stops. Be prepared to move with your shelter if the shaking shifts it around.

PROVINCE OF BRITISH COLUMBIA - EARTHQUAKES INFORMATION: http://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/safety/emergency-preparedness-response-recovery/preparedbc/know-the-risks/earthquakes

  • Before,During,After You can't prevent an earthquake from happening, but you can be prepared to avoid injury, minimize damage to your home and survive afterwards for at least 72 hours without help.

  • Earthquake Preparedness Small to medium size earthquakes are common in B.C. and more than 1,200 are recorded each year across the province. Earthquakes strike without warning, so it is important to act now to get prepared.

  • Are You Ready?  British Columbia is vulnerable to two types of earthquakes: those occurring within the earth’s crustal plates and those occurring at the interface between crustal plates. Get more information about frequency and types of earthquake risk in B.C.

  • Assessing Personal Earthquake Risk: Do an assessment of your home, surroundings and personal preparedness levels and know your personal earthquake risk.

Current Earthquake Activity

Animated Educational Material


Earthquake and Tsunami Smart Manual

Earthquakes are common in B.C. and more than 1,200 are recorded each year. Most are too small to be felt, but an earthquake capable of causing structural damage is expected to occur about once every ten years.

Tsunamis can be associated with earthquakes. Damaging tsunamis are a rare, but serious event. Find out what you can do now to make sure you and your family are prepared ... by viewing the http://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/safety/emergency-preparedness-response-recovery/preparedbc/know-the-risks/earthquakes

Prevention & Community Safety

Understanding the importantance of our town's Prevention & Community Safety.

Smithers Volunteer Fire Department

Smithers Volunteer Fire Department is comprised of more than 40 volunteers from our community.

Town of Smithers Emergency Preparedness Program

  • Being prepared for an emergency is everyone's responsibility.
  • Talk to your families about Emergency Preparedness (EP); for example: Be Prepared Not Scared. Children need reassurance, and a plan, especially if they are watching Katrina on TV. PIck up an Emergency Supplies Checklist at the Town Office.
  • Be familiar with other community emergency plans. They may affect you and your family; for example: Your children's school or the Lodge your uncle lives in. If there was an emergency, do you have an out of town/province family contact person who can relay information for you? Do you know that you are not supposed to use the telephones because the call load can kill our communications? Use it only for emergency, not to chat about the weather.
  • Look at Emergency Management BC to get good information about what is available for you personally, locally, in your Municipality, Province from the Federal Government.
  • Emergency Social Services has 5,500 volunteers in the Province (about 30 in Smithers). We are here to assist with food, clothing, and lodging for the first 72 hours after a disaster. We also have mutual aid agreements with neighbouring communities for human resources and accommodations. We have agreements with local suppliers to help us in an emergency. This is a good time to say "Thank You" to them.
  • However, in a disaster; for example: an ice storm with power out for an extended period of time; you are expected to have emergency supplies on hand in case rescuers cannot get to you in that first 72 hours. See the Emergency Supplies Checklist.
  • Your Emergency Preparedness Guide.
  • Our Municipality has done a risk/hazard analysis and we have plans to address the hazards we are most likely to face. For example; we talk a lot about road or rail incidents and flooding in the Regional District. We have talked about interface fires and earthquakes, but we do not talk much about tsunamis. We have evacuation plans for each quadrant of the Town and have planned reception centre sites for possible evacuees.
  • ESS will provide Personal Preparedness Training for residents or agencies (approximately 2 hours).
  • Regionally, the Smithers Emergency Management Team is connected to the Provincial Regional Emergency Operations Centre (PREOC) located in Terrace and operated by PEP in case there is a regional disaster and we need coordination for the entire region. Provincially and Nationally we have mutual aid agreements to help us out in time of need.
  • We are connected with and receive training from the Canadian Red Cross, the Salvation Army, Canadian Disaster Childcare Association, St. John Ambulance, BC Housing and more.
  • Training and planning is on-going, locally and nation wide with Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness Canada.

Links & Resources

Sandbagging Tip Sheet
Be Prepared for 72 hours
Provincial Emergency Program Flood
Flood Proofing Your Home
Flood Recovery Guide

Earthquake Preparation
How to Disinfect Drinking Water
Should I Get My Well Water Tested

Cleanup Procedures Following a Flood

When Disaster Strikes
BC Centre for Disease Control

Public Safety

For the appropriate person or department, please go to Contacts & Emergencies.