During an emergency, you and your family could be on your own for an extended period of time. Emergency services may not be readily available, as emergency workers help those in most critical need.
Residents and businesses must be prepared to be self-sufficient for at least 72 hours following a major emergency or disaster.
Earthquakes, floods, and wildfires are just some of the potential hazards in Whistler. The municipality has completed a Hazard, Risk, and Vulnerability Assessment to help community members understand what types of hazards could threaten our community. Familiarize yourself with all of Whistler’s 32 hazards, including the ones that could impact your neighbourhood.
The Hazard, Risk and Vulnerability Assessment considers:
- The hazards that could pose a risk to Whistler;
- The level of impact each hazard may present; and
- The likelihood of various emergency events occurring.
By definition, emergencies happen when we don't expect them, and often when families are not together.
Suddenly, you need to think about your kids at school or elderly parents across town. If phones don't work, or some neighbourhoods aren't accessible, what will you do?
Having a family emergency plan will save time and make real situations less stressful.
Information to include in your emergency plan:
- An emergency phone list with at least two out-of-area contacts (PDF)
- A designated meeting spot in case you're separated from family members
- A designated person to collect your children from school or daycare if you can’t
- Information on how to turn off utilities
When an emergency hits, there won't be time to collect emergency supplies.
Ensure you have emergency kits for your home, office and vehicle.They should all contain food, fresh water, medication and supplies for you and your family to cope at least three days or more without outside assistance.
Think of ways that you can pack your emergency kits, so you and other family members can take them with you, if necessary. Download a basic emergency kit card.
During an emergency, phone, gas, electrical and water services may be disrupted. Roads could be blocked, stores closed and gas stations out-of-service.
It may be weeks before infrastructure, utilities and essential services are restored. Are you prepared to cope?
Emergency preparedness recipe cards
Download simple "recipes" for Whistler-specific emergency preparedness:
The importance of water
How much is enough?
The general rule is four litres of water per person per day, but there are a few caveats:
- Children, nursing mothers and sick people may need more.
- If you live in a warm region of B.C., hot temperatures can double water needs.
- Pets need about 30 millilitres of water per kilogram of body weight per day (e.g. an average-sized cat or small-sized dog needs at least 0.2L or half a cup, daily.).
How and where do I store my water?
Purchase commercially bottled water and keep it in its original container in an easily accessible, cool and dark place. Don’t open it until you need it.
Pay attentiont to expiry or“best before” dates. Set a reminder in your calendar to replace supplies or remember to check the dates when the clocks “spring forward” and “fall back”.