Whether it’s a winter storm, power outage or an earthquake, most disasters can strike anytime and often without warning. Delta is susceptible to many natural emergencies such as floods, storms, and earthquakes but there are also man-made dangers such as chemical spills, train derailments, shipping accidents, and terrorist threats that could affect us.
The Corporation of Delta has a comprehensive emergency management plan to address emergencies and disasters when they occur. The Delta Police Department works with municipal officials, other emergency service providers, and various volunteer agencies to coordinate and plan for emergencies and disasters.
Although various agencies are planning for your protection individuals and families also need to be prepared for emergencies. The first 72 hours after a disaster are the most critical. Electricity, gas, water, and telephones may not be working. Emergency services may be busy handling other incidents or may not be able to get to you. Preparing for an emergency is the best way you can help your community during a disaster.
- Create and practice a disaster plan
- Pick an out of area phone contact
- Prepare a disaster supply kit for your home and car
- Complete the Emergency Preparedness Checklist
- 26 Weeks to Family Emergency Preparedness – arranged in easily-managable weekly tasks. In 26 weeks you will have the necessities to take care of your family in an emergency.
During an Emergency:
- Avoid using the phone unless necessary
- Make sure your location is safe (shut off gas, power, etc. but only if necessary)
- Check on family members and neighbours
- Listen to local radio and television for updates
- Delta Evacuation Map.
Emergency Preparedness Resources:
- Neighbourhood Emergency Preparedness Program (NEPP). Learn how to prepare personally, as a family and as a neighbourhood, for a minimum of 72 hours following a disaster
- Corporation of Delta Emergency Program
- Canadian Coastguard
- Environment Canada
- Fisheries & Oceans Canada
- Get Prepared Canada
- Natural Resources Canada
- Provincial Emergency Program
- Personal Flood Preparedness and Prevention (also available in Punjabi and Chinese)
- Public Safety Canada
- Earthquakes of Southwest British Columbia – we live in an active earthquake zone, part of the Pacific Ring of Fire. This presentation, prepared by Professor John F. Cassidy, with Natural Resources Canada, explains earthquakes and how they can, and will affect us.
If you have any questions about emergency management or the NEPP Program, you may ask our EM Experts.