Why prepare for emergencies?

Being prepared allows you to take care of yourself, your family and neighbours in any disaster.  It also aids you in the reduction of fear and anxiety, as well as the risk of injury or loss.  By reducing the impact of a disaster on your property, you're doing your part to allow emergency responders to deal with major emergencies first.

You can prepare for most 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 emergencies should you prepare for?

It's important to be ready for any emergency, but part of being prepared means knowing what types of disasters can happen in your area.  In Pitt Meadows, our geographical location and some of the unique features of our community mean that we have certain issues to keep in mind when preparing for potential emergencies.  Learn how to prepare for extreme weather, earthquakes, wildfires, pandemic, what to expect during an evacuation, and more.  Visit Emergency Alerts & Events.

Emergencies and the Disabled

If you are disabled or have special needs, it is imperative to establish a plan ahead of time so that your needs will be met in an emergency, or that 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.
  • Have an emergency preparedness 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


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.

British Columbians "Drop, Cover, and Hold On" in The Great British Columbia ShakeOut, the largest earthquake drill in Canadian history!  This year, the Great British Columbia ShakeOut is on October 18, 2018 at 10:18am.  Register at www.shakeoutbc.ca.

Why should you register to participate in ShakeOutBC? Pitt Meadows Fire & Rescue Services' Brad Perrie explains why and demonstrates some earthquake drill best practices!

Flood Preparation

Learn to plan ahead by taking sensible precautions to minimize flood damage.  Information on steps to take before a flood, and more!  Learn more about the freshet, view river levels and export the data!

Neighbourhood Emergency Preparedness Program

Neighbours helping Neighbours is the foundation behind recovering in a major disaster.  In Pitt Meadows we will potentially be isolated from other resources, so it is imperative that we all do our part in being emergency prepared.

The Neighbourhood Preparedness Program assists in identifying skills and resources that will be useful in a major event such as an earthquake.  The goal is to prepare neigbourhoods to be self-sufficient for at least 72 hours post disaster by teaching them how to respond safely and effectively in an organized fashion.

A neighbourhood can be a group of homes, an apartment or townhouse complex, a school or, a business, or any other place where individuals regularly gather.

How it works

Personal Preparedness is the first step of NEPP.  Presentations are offered at no charge to any neighbourhood, school, or interested group in Pitt Meadows. To arrange a presentation, email emo@pittmeadows.ca or call 604.460.6713.

The second step is having a champion in the neighbourhood willing to take on the position of coordinator.  Then steps are taken to focus on setting up the neighbourhood team, including the following response units:

  • Shelter and Care Giving
  • Communications and Transportation
  • Light Urban Search and Rescue
  • Utilities and Fire Suppression
  • Disaster First Aid
  • Damage Assessment

The City may provide workbooks, or you can requestthe Neighbourhood Preparedness Program Tool Kit to help in developing your neighbourhood plan.

The third step involves practicing your roles in a table-top exercise arranged alongside with the Emergency Program Coordinator.  After that, it is up to you to maintain your prepared neighbourhood.

Facilitated trainings are FREE.  Groups are responsible for their own supply costs if they wish to augment their neighbourhood’s resources.  Advanced training is available for a nominal cost.

Pitt Meadows offers FREE emergency preparedness (EP) courses to help residents prepare to survive on their own for at least 72 hours after a major disaster, such as a power outage, severe storm, flood or earthquake.

Personal preparedness is a key component of the City’s EP program. The more residents can take care of themselves after a major emergency, the more the City’s resources can be directed to restoring services

There are two topic areas discussed within a 4-hour single Saturday session.  These sessions are provided twice a year.  Please see below for further details.

Participants must be at least 16 years old.  Topics included are:

  • Leadership
  • Personal Preparedness  – Learn how to help yourself, your family, your co-workers and your neighbours in those first 72 hours and beyond.
  • Rapid Damage Assessment – Identify unsafe conditions in a single-family dwelling to help determine if your home is safe to occupy after an earthquake. Information is provided as general building/safety information; it does not certify you to be qualified to perform post-earthquake damage assessment.
  • Utilities and Basic Fire Suppression – Learn basic fire chemistry and classes of fire, how to use a fire extinguisher, and basic steps for fire response and intervention in the event of water, gas and electrical problems. Includes hands-on extinguisher training.
  • Light Urban Search and Rescue – If someone is trapped in a home during a disaster, do you know how to identify if and how you can help? Learn what to do. Includes a hands-on component.  Check out course details on our Community Calendar.
  • Shelter and Care Giving

Discover what resources are available within your neighbourhood and community to provide emergency shelter.  Learn the fundamentals of providing physical, emotional and mental support for those in distress.

  • Disaster First Aid

Most courses are 9 am – 1 pm at the Fire Hall (19240 122A Ave, Pitt Meadows) and will include refreshments.  Early registration is recommended as seating is limited.  Priority will be given to Pitt Meadows residents.



For more information, tips, and tricks that you can leverage to better prepare yourself, your family, and neighbours.

Resource Library


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