Emergency Preparedness

Emergency preparedness Island Health

Emergencies can be directly health-related, such as pandemic influenza or COVID-19.

More often, emergencies are related to events that have health consequences, such as earthquakes and severe weather events.

There are steps you can take to be prepared in the event of an emergency.

Know the risks

The best action for the citizens of BC to take at this time is to be prepared for an earthquake or tsunami.  

Learn more about hazards and risks in BC

Learn about natural disasters and what you can expect.

Video: Reality check

Understand your options for communication and information during a major disaster.

Video: Communication may be impossible


Prepare at home

Update and refresh your home preparedness kit and family preparedness plan using these resources:

Your emergency plan

Video: Making a family emergency plan

Emergency kits

Video: Preparing an emergency kit

Sign up for alerts

Follow @EmergencyInfoBC on Twitter and be sure to visit their emergency resources web page for more ways to receive notifications.


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News & Events

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Island Health Magazine Spring 2021

Island Health magazine spring 2021 features articles on COVID-19 including a look back at the past year. Also included are articles on the health benefits of spending time in nature, memory loss and aging, and a moving article about one family’s journey with hospice care.

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Currents Winter 2021

Currents Winter 2021

Read vaccination stories, updates on the Cowichan District Hospital build and more, in the latest edition of Currents!

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B.C. Honours Excellence in Nursing

Several Island Health nurses have been honoured in this year's Nursing Awards of Excellence.

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