Emergency Preparedness

Natural disasters, such as interface wildfiresfloodslandslides, technological or environmental accidents, such as chemical spills, can strike any community at any time. It is important to be prepared.

Emergency Notification System

To stay notified when a disaster or emergency strikes in the CRD, sign up for our Emergency Alert Notification System. Remember to list all of your phone, cell, text, fax and email addresses so you can receive notifications wherever you may be. 

List up to 5 (five) civic addresses that are important to you – home, work, school, cottage, parents address, children’s addresses, etc. (the address must be within the boundaries of the CRD/Member municipalities).

Read our brochure for an FAQ about the notification system. Watch our HOW-TO VIDEO or follow along with our HOW-TO GUIDE (pdf) for information about how to register.

Text to 911

Text with 9-1-1 is a specialized service ndesigned for the Deaf, Deaf-Blind, Hard-of-Hearing and Speech-Impaired (DHHSI) community that allows registered users to communicate with emergency services via text message. It has been available in the Cariboo Regional District since September 2016.

This specialized service means that any DHHSI person who pre-registers their cellphone with their wireless provider and contacts 9-1-1 can communicate with emergency services via text message. Learn more at www.textwith911.ca

Are You Prepared?

Each year, thousands of people face emergency situations that could change their lives forever. Don't be caught off-guard. Know the hazards in your area and take the time now to assemble your family. Getting your family prepared for an emergency may seem like a lot of work, but it will be easier if you do a little at a time, as your resources and budget permit. The important thing is to start preparing now. The more you do to prepare, the more confident you will be that you can protect yourself and your family when disaster strikes.

Air Quality

Stay informed about the current air quality at the BC Air Quality site.

Interior Health has helpful information about the effects of wildfire smoke.

Road Closures

Visit Drive BC to find out about possible road closures.


In extreme conditions, some people may want to make arrangements to stay with relatives, friends or neighbours. Listen to weather forecasts and instructions from local officials, as reception or warming centres may be set up in your community. Keep an eye out for neighbours who may be at-risk in severe conditions. Always follow the instructions of first responders and local emergency officials.

Ensure a supply of basic essentials in your home for at least 72 hours. If you must leave your home on short notice, remember to take your emergency "grab and go" kit. This should include:

  • Emergency supplies including water and food,
  • A first aid kit, and 
  • Important documents, cash and family identification.

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