Emergency Preparedness

The District of Tumbler Ridge takes every measure to ensure the safety and security of the community. Therefore, an extensive emergency preparedness plan has been developed to protect the health, safety and property of the community.

Emergency Preparedness Week is a great time to get prepared for any kind of emergency. This means being ready to cope for at least the first 72 hours of an emergency while emergency workers help those in urgent need.

Think about a major storm, flood, or chemical spill. This type of disaster could affect the water supply and cut electricity and phone service for days. What would you do to keep yourself and your family safe? Being prepared can make this type of situation less stressful for you and your family.

Here are some ideas that will help you do something every day so that by the end of EP Week, you'll be better prepared for whatever comes your way.


Learn more with this new e-book on GetPrepared.ca

This Government of Canada website includes information, links, checklists, videos and more. New this year is an e-book version of the Emergency Preparedness Guide. Download a copy now so you have this useful information at your fingertips
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3Check your supplies at home
Do you have a flashlight? Extra batteries? Have a look at our emergency kit list, and pick up a few more supplies or a container to keep them in one place. Trying to find a flashlight in the dark during a power outage is not exactly fun!
4Talk to your kids and family members about emergencies
Your kids might be wondering what you're up to as you assemble emergency supplies. Take a few minutes and involve them in your planning. Talk to children about different kinds of emergencies, show them our videos and get the conversation going.
5Learn more at the Canadian Disaster Database 
Want to know what disasters have happened in your region over the years? Knowing what can happen is a good first step to preparedness.
6Make a Plan
It takes only a few minutes but can bring peace of mind. What would you do if there's an emergency in your neighbourhood and your family isn't together? Where will you meet if your cell phones don't work? You can complete a plan online at GetPrepared.ca.
7Spread the word

Follow us on Twitter to stay connected throughout the year, and share our videos with your family and friends. 

And finally, give yourself a pat on the back. You just took some quick and easy - but very important - steps to be more prepared. 


The emergency planning committee involves the various managers and directors of the District, which includes the Mayor, Fire Chief, Director of Emergency Social Services, and several others. These individuals gather regularly to report, monitor and plan the steps needed to cope with the various aspects of a disaster. The intention of this committee is to reduce the severity of incidents through careful planning and preparation. This will make the response more efficient and recovery much easier.

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The Emergency Response Management System is adopted by the Government of BC, and it is dependable and efficient. But even so, the citizens of Tumbler Ridge need to take steps to prepare themselves in case of an incident.


For your own protection, we recommend that you personally take steps to prepare for an emergency. Citizens should be capable of being self-sufficient for 72 hours after an incident, click here to find information on personal emergency preparedness.



A group of trained volunteers comprise the Emergency Support Services (ESS) unit of the Tumbler Ridge Emergency Plan. They are a pre-planned municipal emergency response organization designed to provide assistance in times of need during accidents or disasters. In the event of an incident, they will open the Community Centre to provide food, shelter, clothing, and information and assist families to reunite.  Click on the photo below to learn more. 


We have launched a new communication system that allows us to alert you. To opt-in enter your contact information and subscribe to alerts you care about based on your location. The information you provide is protected and will not be used for any other purpose.


When we issue an alert, the system will send a message to you by text, email, and/or voice, the system will consecutive attempts to contact you until you confirm receipt of the message.



Create an account and add your contact and location information into the system. All information you provide will be kept strictly confidential.

If we can reach you, we can notify you.  Make sure to keep your contact information up to date so that we can get you the information that you want.


North East BC Emergency & Public Alerts: Frequently Asked Questions

Find out more here.

Municipal Emergency Coordinator

The Director of Protective Services also serves as the Municipal Emergency Coordinator for the District of Tumbler Ridge.

Dustin Curry,  Director of Protective Services
Fire Hall (250) 242-3939