Emergencies and disasters can occur at any time. Preparing ahead of time will allow you to act, potentially reduce down time and provide for your employees. The Government of Canada has developed
A Guide to Business Continuity Planning to help businesses prepare for emergencies.
Many of the items listed in the personal planning section may be used and followed in a business setting.
During an emergency or disaster, the City of Prince George has a plan to coordinate evacuations when they are required, by either our Emergency Planners or the Province of BC.
In an emergency, you may be directed to either:
- Evacuate your home or neighbourhood, or
- Stay where you are and 'shelter-in-place'
Know the evacuation stages:
Stage 1 – Evacuation alert
The City will issue an evacuation alert if individuals are at risk during an emergency or disaster. Once the City issues an evacuation alert, affected parties must prepare to leave. There may not be time to prepare yourself or your family, home, and business, so prepare now with a
Stage 2 - Evacuation order
If an incident threatens individuals directly, they may be ordered to evacuate immediately for their safety. All persons are ordered to leave the area immediately. The police will enforce evacuation orders.
Stage 3 – Evacuation rescind
An evacuation alert or order is rescinded when the threat to individual safety no longer exists.
During an emergency or disaster, authorities may determine it is safer for you to stay inside rather than to evacuate.
If you are ordered to 'Shelter-in-Place', you 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 your 'Grab-and-Go Kit' to a small interior room, with no windows, until you are advised that the 'Shelter-in-Place' order has been rescinded