Emergency Preparedness Information & Services

The information provided here is to assist you in preparing your home and family in case of an emergency. 

Guides and materials have been created by PreparedBC.

For more specific information regarding USIB’s emergency plan, please contact:

USIB Emergency Program Coordinator:  ">

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Flooding & Freshet

Flooding can happen at any time of the year, but the most severe floods in B.C. usually occur in spring due to heavy rain and snowmelt. It’s important to take steps in advance to be as prepared as possible.

Flood Preparedness Guide

Power Outages & Extreme Storms

For more information on preparing for a power outage, visit your utility provider website.

  • Have a battery-operated radio
    • This allows you to listen to your local station for warnings, advice and instructions
  • ​​Stow flashlights with extra batteries
  • Inspect your chimney or flue
    • This helps prevent structural fires and ensures smoke, carbon monoxide and other potentially harmful gases are properly vented
  • Make sure you have an adequate supply of food and water
    • Food in your fridge and freezer is usually safe to consume if the power is out for less than four hours
    • Fireplaces, wood stoves, barbecues and camp stoves can be used outdoors for emergency cooking. DO NOT use barbecues or camp stoves indoors