The Emergency Program ensures the City is prepared for and able to manage small and major catastrophic events, whether manmade or natural disasters. Priorities for the Emergency Program are disaster mitigation, preparation, response and recovery.

Responsibilities of this program include:

  • the City’s emergency management training program
  • oversight of supplies and staffing of the City’s Emergency Operations Centre
  • coordination of the Emergency Support Services volunteer team; and
  • providing education to Staff and community on emergency preparedness.

The City’s new Fire Hall, which was completed in 2023, includes a new Emergency Operations Centre, which will allow for better response to major emergencies.

Free Emergency Preparedness Workshops

The City offers a series of free in-person Neighbourhood Emergency Preparedness Program (NEPP) workshops to educate citizens on how to plan ahead for emergencies. Check out upcoming workshops.

Emergency Support Services (ESS)

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Pitt Meadows Emergency Support Services (ESS) provides short-term assistance (up to 72 hours) to residents who are forced to leave their home because of fire, flood, earthquake and other emergencies. Learn more and volunteer.

Heat Preparedness

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Climate change is leading to higher summer temperatures and hotter days in Pitt Meadows. This can cause Heat Warnings and Extreme Heat Emergencies that are dangerous to public health and wellbeing. Learn how you can prepare for heat events.

Flood Preparation

Pitt Meadows is at risk of flooding annually in May and June. Learn more about steps the City is taking to prepare for floods and how you can prepare to minimize flood damage.

Air Quality

Air quality advisories are issued when air quality conditions have degraded to the point of potential risk. When there is poor air quality, avoid strenuous outdoor activities and stay indoors if you have respiratory issues.

ShakeOut BC Earthquake Drill

We all need to be better prepared for major earthquakes, and know how to protect ourselves when they happen. The purpose of the ShakeOut is to help people and organizations do both. The BC-wide earthquake drill typically happens in October.

Why Prepare for Emergencies?

Being prepared allows you to:

  • Take care of yourself, your family and neighbours in any disaster;
  • Reduce the risk of injury or loss;
  • Reduce fear and anxiety; and
  • Reduce the impact of disaster on your property, so emergency responders can available to deal with major emergencies first.

Prepare for emergencies by having basic supplies on hand in an easily-accessible place in your home. In many emergency situations, responders will likely be unable to reach you and your loved ones for days.  Having the necessary supplies allows you to take care of yourself and your family for at least one week following a disaster.

What Kinds of Emergencies Should You Prepare for?

It's important to be ready for any emergency, and to prepare for hazards that may be more likely in your community. In Pitt Meadows, extreme weather, flooding, wildfires, pandemics, earthquakes and other hazards can pose a risk.  Visit Emergency Alerts & Events.

Emergencies and People with Disabilities

If you are a person with a disability or you have special needs, it is important to have an emergency plan ahead of time so your needs can be met in an emergency or you can take care of yourself, if you are unable to leave your home for a period of time.

  • Establish a network of neighbours, friends and family, who can help you during an emergency or evacuation.
  • Prepare an emergency kit with extra food and water, medications and other aids or items you will need specific to your disability. Find out if your pharmacy will deliver in case you are housebound.

Find additional emergency preparedness resources in the Resource Library:

Resource Library

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