A Reminder To Stay Fire Smart


An emergency plan is a playbook for how you and your household will respond to disasters, including wildfires. Knowing what to do will reduce anxiety and help keep you focussed and safe.

You can start by downloading a fill-in-the-blanks emergency plan from Gov.BC.ca/PreparedBC.

It will compile the vital information you’ll need and establish how you’ll communicate and connect with loved ones, particularly if you become separated. When you’re done, make copies for grab-and-go bags at home, at work and in your vehicle.


In the event of a wildfire, you may need to leave home quickly. Take time now to build grab-and-go bags for each member of your household so you’re not caught off guard.

Start with this basic list, then consider the additional needs of your household.

  • Do you have pets?
  • Do you have young children?
  • Are you a foster parent?
  • Are you caring for seniors or people with disabilities?

If yes, prepare and customize bags specific to their needs.


  • Bottled water
  • Ready-to eat food, like high-calorie power bars
  • Phone charger and battery bank
  • Small first aid kit and personal medications
  • Toiletries and items, such as an extra pair of glasses or contact lenses & solution
  • Copy of your emergency plan and copies of important documents, such as insurance papers
  • Small battery-powered or hand-crank radio
  • Battery-powered or hand-crank flashlight
  • Extra batteries
  • Seasonal clothing and an emergency blanket
  • Pen and notepad
  • Whistle


Pets are part of the family too! Pack them grab-and-go bags with food, water, leashes and carriers. It’s a good idea to include a recent picture, along with copies of vaccination records and health information. Consider talking to your municipality, regional district or band office about what organizations or resources are available for animals during emergencies. Plan ahead for where they might stay.

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