Natural Hazards

Be prepared. Understand and manage the risks.

Cowichan is an amazing place to live. However, our region has natural hazards such as flooding, landslides, wildfires and earthquakes. We are also hit by extreme weather events like windstorms and heavy snow. Being aware of potential hazards and being prepared will help reduce the risks to you and your family.

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Are you Prepared? Have a Plan. Make a Kit.

Tips - Have a Plan

Your emergency plan should include details about:
  • meeting places for your family and loved ones to reunite, one close to your home and another outside your community
  • names and contact information for your neighbours 
  • names and contact information for out-of-town contacts
  • family health details (medication names, Care Card numbers, doctor contact information
  • names of people assigned to pick up children, family members who require assistance, or pets, in case you're not able to
  • the location of your emergency kit and grab-and-go bags

Tips - Make a Kit

Your basic family emergency kit should contain these items:
  • Food that doesn't spoil, such as canned goods, energy bars, or dried foods
  • 4L of water per person per day, preferably in small, easy-to-carry bottles
  • First aid kit
  • Flashlight and radio (battery powered or hand cranked)
  • Manual can opener
  • Cash (small bills)
  • Prescription medication, baby formula
  • Your emergency plan and contact information
  • Extra keys to your home and car
  • Food and water for your pets