Provincial State of Emergency – Wildfires

The B.C. government is declaring a provincial state of emergency due to the ongoing wildfire situation. Mike Farnworth, Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General, made the declaration based upon the recommendation from the BC Wildfire Service and Emergency Management BC. The declaration will be in effect starting July 21, 2021.The state of emergency is initially in effect for 14 days once issued and may be extended or rescinded as necessary. The state of emergency applies to the whole province and ensures federal, provincial and local resources can be delivered in a co-ordinated response to protect the public, which remains the provincial government’s top priority. You can find more information about this on the news release here: https://news.gov.bc.ca/releases/2021PSSG0047-001404

If you are asked to evacuate, it is very important that you register with Emergency Support Services either online at ess.gov.bc.ca, by calling by calling the Emergency Support Services Info Line 1-800-585-9559 or in person at your local Emergency Support Services Reception Centre. This helps Emergency Operations ensure that people are safe and accounted for. More information regarding evacuation alerts and orders can be found here: https://www.emergencyinfobc.gov.bc.ca/wildfires-2021/

You can keep track of the areas of concern and evacuation alerts and orders by accessing the EmergencyMapBC here: https://governmentofbc.maps.arcgis.com/apps/webappviewer/index.html?id=950b4eec577a4dc5b298a61adab41c06

If you are concerned you may be asked to evacuate, here is some information on what you can prepare to pack: https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/safety/emergency-preparedness-response-recovery/preparedbc/build-an-emergency-kit-and-grab-and-go-bag

For donations, consider making a financial donation instead of donating items. You can read more information here: https://www.emergencyinfobc.gov.bc.ca/how-you-can-help-those-affected-by-wildfire. The Canadian Red Cross is facilitating donation, and the government of BC and Canada are currently matching donations to the Canadian Red Cross. Here is the direct link to the donation page: https://donate.redcross.ca/page/85877/donate/1

General Emergency information: https://www.emergencyinfobc.gov.bc.ca/