50 Steps – Step 1 – The Plan

Planning and Initiation Stage

This guide is not intended to be a comprehensive manual on all things Emergency Preparedness but rather a simple, quick guide to get you started in the important task of protecting you and your family from threats most likely to happen in urban British Columbia.

You will need to customize this guide to suit your personal and individual, unique circumstances.  Bottom line:  Prepare to Be Prepared!

Also, this is a never ending process and you will most likely be improving and adding to your Emergency and Disaster Plan, your supplies and equipment, and your connections with others that will help you during a time of disaster or emergency.

Step 1 requires you to start by creating a Family Emergency Plan.


British Columbia Threats

The province of BC is unique in its geography that makes a disaster scenario more likely in the following areas:

  • Marine: Ocean, Lake, and River accidents that may cause flooding, tsunami, strong currents, hypothermia, and other water sport accidents.
  • Mountains: avalanche, slides, backcountry events, driving hazards, flooding, etc.
  • Forests: getting lost in the backcountry, wildlife, wildfires, falling trees, etc.

Earthquakes: although most earthquakes are relatively minor, the threat of “the big one” always is on our minds since we live on the San Andreas fault line and are “due” for a super earthquake.


From a weather perspective, the most likely scenarios will be:

  • Heavy rains causing flooding and leakage.
  • Lightning storms causing power outages and fires.
  • Heavy winds causing trees down and power outages.
  • Freezing rains and sleet causing hazardous driving condition.
  • Heavy snowfall and extreme cold causing power outages, hazardous driving conditions and forced shelter in-place.

Each threat scenario brings a different action plan, which may include a home evacuation, shelter in-place, home defense, or get home from disaster.  Feel free to customize the following plans to suit your individual needs.

Plan – Table of Contents

Let’s start with determining what are the most likely situations that you want to prepare for and then create your Table of Contents appropriately.

Here is a sample of what that ToC could look like.