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Use this page to access resources that can help you before, during, and after an emergency.

Information Links

FireSmartBC is your complete resource for keeping your home, neighbourhood and community prepared for wildfires. As fires have increased in B.C. in the past decade, the need for preventative measures has never been greater.

FireSmart Begins at Home Manual 

Reduce the potential impacts of wildfire on your home.

FireSmart Guide to Landscaping

The type of plant material and the design of the landscape immediately adjacent to your home is a critical factor in determining the likelihood of your home surviving a wildfire.

The PreparedBC website is a central hub of information to help individuals and communities prepare before disaster strikes. The website provides general emergency information and hazard-specific information for everyone in your community. Specific resources are available to help prepare children, seniors, those with disabilities, business & tourism operators and those with pets & livestock. Online resources include videos, downloadable PDF guides, infographics and more.

Emergency Preparedness, Response & Recovery
Emergency management in British Columbia is guided by four pillars: Mitigation, Preparation, Response and Recovery. Here you can learn how the Province is involved in emergencies and find resources for your household, neighbourhood and community. Whether it’s floods, wildfires, earthquakes or tsunamis, Emergency Info BC links British Columbians to the information they need to respond to and recover from disasters.

Emergency Preparedness Guide
This guide explains in detail the steps Canadians should take to become better prepared for emergencies. Included are a Family Emergency Plan template and list of emergency kit items.

Get Prepared
These resources can help you respond quickly in an emergency to help yourself and others, understand the risks in your area, create a household emergency plan, and build an emergency kit.

EmergencyInfoBC is active during partial and full-scale provincial emergencies,. They share official response and recovery sources, as well as verified event information from trusted partners.

Drive BC
Provides road travel information for the Province of British Columbia, including current weather conditions, construction delays, route alterations, as well as links to ferry information and highway cameras.

BC Wildfire Service
Offers information on current wildfire activity in B.C., including details about specific wildfires, fire response efforts, and Fire Danger Ratings across the province.

River Forecast Centre – Flood Warning and Advisories
The Flood Warning and Advisory Notification map represents flood advisory and warning notifications as updated by the River Forecast Centre for the Province of British Columbia.

Public Weather Alerts for BC
A map providing public weather alerts for the Province of British Columbia.

Earthquakes Canada
A map providing information information on recent significant earthquakes in British Columbia. You can also report feeling an earthquake using the earthquake questionnaire.

Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre
A map showing international tsunami warnings provided by the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and National Weather Service.

Avalanche Canada
A map providing avalanche risk evaluations and warnings for mountainous regions in British Columbia.

BC Municipalities Directory
Allows you to search for information about municipalities, regional districts, First Nations, improvement districts, and related organizations in British Columbia

Contact Info

Emergency Contact Info

Police, fire, or medical emergencies:  9-1-1

Non-emergency Contacts
  • Lake Cowichan RCMP : (250) 749-6668

  • Town of Lake Cowichan Fire Department: (250) 749-3522

  • Cowichan District Hospital: (250) 737-2030

  • BC Ambulance (Lake Cowichan): (250) 749-6531

  • Conservation Officer Service: 1-877-952-7277

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