Weather and emergency preparedness

Winter Preparedness

Winter can mean rain, snow, floods, high winds, power outages and cold temperatures, especially at higher elevations. During winter months, you can do your part by taking care of yourself and your property and by helping out neighbours in need.

Heavy Rainfall & Power Outages

Seasonal storms often bring heavy rain and high winds to the North Shore. Severe winds can blow down trees and branches, causing power outages, road closures, and traffic disruptions. Be prepared.

Extreme Heat

Extreme heat events can put our health at risk. Be prepared for hot weather. Avoid heat-related illnesses by finding ways to stay cool and taking steps to protect yourself, your family, and pets.

Earthquake Preparedness

Each year more than 1,000 earthquakes are recorded in Western Canada, and the North Shore could experience an earthquake that causes damage and injury at any time. Be prepared.

What to Do After a Fire

A fire in your home can significantly impact you and your family. Often, the hardest part is knowing where to begin and who to contact. There are agencies in your community that can work with you through the crisis. 

Your Pets During Emergencies

Pets are important family members. During an emergency, pets can become frightened and hide, sometimes becoming lost or trapped. Whether you are staying put or evacuating, having a pet emergency plan, pet emergency kit and practising for emergencies will

Public Safety Alerts

Stay informed – sign up for Alertable to receive public safety alerts and vital information during urgent and severe emergencies. Once signed up, you will receive notifications by text (SMS), home phone, or by email.

Know what to do in case of a flood, earthquake and other natural disasters and emergencies. We all play an important role. Take care of yourself, your property and help your neighbours if they are in need. 

Please take the time to review some tips and safety information. 

Create an Emergency Plan and Kit

If there is a natural disaster or other emergency on the North Shore, it could take emergency crews several days to reach you, so it's important that you're able to take care of yourself and your family for at least 72 hours.

Learn more about how to be prepared at home, work or in your car. 

North Shore Emergency Management - Get Prepared