Prince George Emergency Operations Centre (EOC)
The Prince George Emergency Operations Centre (EOC) is a designated physical location in the city that gathers, analyzes, evaluates, and shares information in an emergency or disaster. The EOC makes use of available technology and human resources to ensure the City can provide a steady stream of information that is clear and concise during a crisis.
Decisions and policies governing emergency response are also planned and considered at the EOC. The Centre's chief purpose is to support site responders by obtaining information and essential resources - especially people and equipment - needed to cope with an emergency.
The following positions are delegated the authority to activate the EOC, in whole or in part:
- City Administrator
- Any Incident Commander
- City Emergency Program Co-ordinator or Delegate
- Executive Director of the Provincial Emergency Program
A declaration of state of local emergency or provincial emergency is not required to activate the EOC. However, it must be activated once a local or provincial declaration of emergency has been made.
Activation of an EOC often includes representation from other local organizations. In Prince George, it is common for Northern Health, the RCMP, the Lheidli T’enneh, and the Regional District of Fraser-Fort George, for example, to be part of the Prince George EOC to enhance communication and co-ordination between organizations.
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Emergency News and Updates
Subscribe to the City of Prince George's News and Events service to remain on top of the latest emergency alerts and updates.
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Evacuation Procedures and Map
The City of Prince George has nine evacuation zones in the event of an emergency or disaster:
- Five (5) according to garbage pick-up zones with some minor changes.
- Four (4) identified by letters that do not fall within a garbage zone.
- Issued to warn residents to get ready to leave their homes at a moment's notice.
- Make sure emergency kits, emergency plans, and other important documents are ready to go.
- Have plans to transport family, friends, or co-workers out of the area.
- Make sure children and the elderly are prepared to leave.
- Make sure pets and livestock remain in a safe area.
- If possible, plan for accommodations outside of the area under threat of evacuation.
- Monitor reliable news sources for more information.
- Issued to residents to leave their homes and area immediately. Follow all directions given by local emergency officials.
DO NOT return home until evacuation orders end.
- Issued when the threat no longer exists. Officials will announce to residents when it is safe to return home.
During an emergency or disaster, authorities may determine it is safer for residents to say inside rather than evacuate. If ordered to
"Shelter-in-Place", residents must:
- Close and lock all windows and exterior doors.
- Close all window coverings.
- Turn off heating, ventilation, and air conditioning.
- Shut fireplace dampers.
- Seal cracks around doors and vents with duct tape.
- Take an emergency supply kit to a small interior room with no windows until advised that the "Shelter-in-Place" order has been rescinded.
Emergency Reception Centre and Evacuation Assembly Points
The city's Emergency Reception Centre will be located at Exhibition Park. Eighteen local schools have also been designated as Community Evacuation Assembly Points.
- Individuals with vehicles should drive to the Emergency Reception Centre at Exhibition Park.
- Individuals who do not have vehicles, but are able to walk to an Evacuation Assembly Point should proceed to the nearest designated school.
- Individuals who have mobility issues will be picked up via door-to-door knocking during an emergency evacuation.
EMERGENCY RECEPTION CENTRE
(Near the intersection of 18th Avenue and Ospika Boulevard)
41 Keller Street
Prince George, BC V2N 6Z1
EVACUATION ASSEMBLY POINTS
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Wildfires and Floods
The City of Prince George is surrounded by forest and is vulnerable to wildfire risk both within and outside city limits.
In the event of a wildfire emergency requiring evacuation of Prince George, current information, resources, and directions will be posted here for residents/evacuees.
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The Fraser and Nechako rivers flow through the City of Prince George, which puts PG at risk of flooding. Properties close to the river bank are particularly vulnerable. During long, cold spells in the winter, ice jams can restrict water flow, resulting in localised flooding. Spring rains and snowmelt run-off can also result in surging water known as "freshet".
Since floodwaters can rise quickly, be sure to have an emergency supply kit prepared beforehand and connect with neighbours. Pre-emptive actions that can be taken at home include:
- Ensuring gutters are cleaned.
- Keeping storm drains clear of ice, snow, leaves, garbage, and other debris.
- Cleaning foundation drains.
- Monitoring roof drains and splash pads.
- Ensuring downspouts are draining away from the house.
- Completing simple landscaping to manage run-off.
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Four Pillars of Emergency Management
The Prince George Emergency Program Coordinator and Emergency Planning Committee work with various divisions within the City, as well as with community stakeholders and other levels of government, to ensure the City of Prince George is prepared and able to recover from an emergency or disaster.
The BC Emergency Program Act requires that all municipalities in BC maintain an emergency plan. The City of Prince George Emergency Program follows the four pillars of emergency management:
1. Mitigation and Prevention
Land-use management, planning development, and public education are examples of strategies that we use to mitigate or prevent emergencies and disasters.
Personal, business, and local government planning ensures that we are ready to respond. The City of Prince George reviews and revises the plans developed, networks with community stakeholders, and trains and exercises the plans regularly.
Emergency Services and other City divisions address the impacts to the community daily. When a disaster strikes, a coordinated effort from community services, community stakeholders, and various levels of government is required. The City may set up a Reception Centre to register and provide short-term assistance to individuals displaced from their homes during a disaster.
After a disaster has passed, or sometimes while it is still occurring, recovery efforts begin to maintain or re-establish critical infrastructure. Resiliency centres may also be set up to assist those affected with longer term needs and return community services following an emergency or disaster.
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