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Emergency Preparedness

City of Langford Emergency Preparedness Program

Langford’s Emergency Program is working hard to prepare for, respond to, and recover from major emergencies and disasters, and keep residents safe, but we could use your help. Here you can access information on common hazards in the area, and learn how to prepare yourself and your loved ones for whatever happens, and keep up to date on relevant information and emergency notifications.

The Emergency Program is responsible for:

  • Providing a plan for preserving life and property.

  • Coordinating response from elected officials, municipal departments, volunteer services and outside agencies.

  • Emergency planning

  • Training, resourcing and activating the municipal Emergency Operations Centre and liaising with provincial emergency management organizations

  • Training volunteers to provide assistance through:

    • Emergency Support Services
    • Amateur Radio

If you are looking for information or assistance due to COVID-19 please visit our COVID-19 Information page https://www.langford.ca/EN/meta/city-hall/novel-coronavirus-covid-19-information-and-latest-news.html

Emergency Information

  • Prepare Yourself:

    • Know your risks and what to do before, during, and after a disaster.  For more information on the hazards in our area and how to prepare, click here.

  • Your Responsibilities:

    • Make your Emergency Plan.  Click here for information on how to make your plan.

    • Ensue your have an Emergency Kit.  Having essential supplies readily accessible in an emergency is a vital part of being prepared.  Click here for information on building a 7-day emergency kit.

Community Preparedness

  • Did you know that during an emergency your neighbors are your first responders?  Building relationships with your neighbours will help you cope during an emergency.  Strong and connected neighbourhoods and communities are more resilient and recover more quickly following emergencies.

    • Here are some ways to connect as neighbours and become more prepared:

      • Develop a neighbourhood amp identifying a muster station and people with pets, skills, and resources. Also note who may require extra assistance.

      • Learn together! For example, organize a first aid course for those interested in your neighbourhood, or take turns sharing skills you may have with others such as pruning trees or canning goods.

      • Create a neighbourhood library of tools and supplies that can be shared every day as well as during emergencies.

      • Save money by bulk purchasing emergency supplies and kits together

  • Reception Centers and Possible Gathering Sites

    • In the event of a major emergency, the City of Langford will open reception centres and group lodging facilities for people who have evacuated their homes and have nowhere else to go.  If your home is safe to stay in, you have insurance that will cover your stay at a hotel, or you have family, friends, or neighbours you can stay with, then this should be your first course of action.

    • Reception centres are locations where evacuees are received, registered, and referred depending on their needs.  Group lodging facilities will have cots and blankets set up in large areas to accommodate evacuees for a longer period of time.  The City will set up reception centres and group lodging in community halls, recreation centres, churches, gyms, and schools depending on the type of incident that has occurred.  Reception centres are organized and staffed by our local Emergency Support Service (ESS) volunteers.  Information on reception centres and group lodging locations will be available on our social media channels in the event of an emergency.

Communication

  • Stay Informed

    • In the event of an emergency, social media and West Shore Alert will play a key role in communicating updates to the public.

    • For emergency updates follow:For helpful emergency preparedness tips and recovery information follow:

      • Langford Fire Rescue on Twitter and Facebook
      • EmergencyInfoBC on Twitter – active during Provincial emergencies

    • For helpful emergency preparedness tips and recovery informaton, follow:

West Shore Alert

In case of a public safety incident, West Shore Alert will be used to deliver critical and potentially life-saving alerts to residents who have registered. This information can help you and your family know what to do, where to go and what to expect.

 This notification system will send alerts for public safety incidents such as earthquakes, wildfires, tsunamis or evacuation notices. On occasion you may receive a test notification to validate the system. NOTE: Any alerts sent via Alert Ready (Wireless Public Alerting provided by the Provincial and Federal Governments) takes precedence over any notifications sent via the West Shore Alert.

 Notifications will be received by:

  • Home phone
  • Cell phone
  • Email
  • Text Messages

When a notification is issued, multiple attempts will be made for each telephone number you provided until you confirm receipt of the message. It is important to acknowledge that you have received the message. You will only receive notifications if you sign up for this service. If you choose not to sign up, information will still be made available through the City of Langford website, local media, social media and your local Emergency Program.

Click here to register your Alert Account. To edit your account click here.

Disaster Response Routes

Disaster Response Routes (DRR) are roads and highways that are designated to be used only by emergency services in the event of a declaration of a local or provincial state of emergency.

Disaster Response Routes in Langford run along the Trans-Canada Highway and Veterans' Memorial Parkway. For more information, view the DRR Map for the Capital Region.

Wildfires and Interface Fires

Wildfires are a significant threat. The City of Langford has many interface fire zones in which commercial and residential buildings could be threatened in the event of a wildfire.

Langford Fire Rescue and the City of Langford have completed a comprehensive Interface Fire Hazard Plan for planning community development and firefighting procedures in areas of our district that have the potential for wildfires (grass and bush) to progress towards homes.

With the potential for bush fires to progress rapidly we have a dedicated vehicle for rapid response in the bush (Brush 1) and a tanker (Tender 1) to support it.

View the Interface Fire Hazard Areas map for neighbourhoods that may be at risk.

Consult the City of Langford website for the latest burning information regarding campfire bans and other burning restrictions in the City of Langford.

Information on protecting your home in the event of an interface fire is available from Office of the Fire Commissioner and the Wildfire Management Branch.

Flooding

Flooding is a potential danger in Langford. A heavy spring thaw or prolonged period of rainfall can cause flooding in some areas of the city.

Sandbags can be acquired through Langford Fire Rescue and other locations set up by our Engineering Department, which can be contacted for more details. For information on how to construct a sandbag dike, click here.

For areas that may be at risk for flooding, consult City of Langford's study map of the 200-year Flood Plain. This map shows the most extreme flooding that the City of Langford has calculated would occur in a once-in-a-200-year event.

Earthquakes

Small earthquakes are very common along the West Coast of Canada. Most of these go unnoticed, but Vancouver Island does have the potential to be hit by a large, record-setting earthquake.

If such a disaster occurs, many services will be unavailable or overwhelmed to respond to every call for help. The best chance of survival is to be prepared to take care of yourself, and be able to aid your family, friends, and neighbours.

Consult PreparedBCs' Earthquake Resources for preparations and steps you can take to ensure your safety in the event of a major earthquake.

Langford's Emergency Support Services team is part of a provincial emergency response program consisting of services required to preserve the well-being of people affected by a disaster. This team of community volunteers receives extensive, specialized training to provide subsistence support to their neighbours in the direst of situations.

Get Involved!

  • Volunteer in your community

  • Volunteering with the City equips you with free training, valuable experience in public safety, and the opportunity to serve your community in an emergency. Well-trained, skilled volunteers play a vital role before, during, and after a crisis. Here’s how you can get involved:

    • Langford Emergency Support Services
      • Langford’s Emergency Social Services (ESS) team is responsible for providing short-term, basic emergency assistance to individuals evacuated from their homes due to an emergency or disaster.

      • We're looking for community minded volunteers to join Langford’s Emergency Program's ESS Team. Training is provided.

      • Currently, Langford’s ESS Volunteers are responsible for:
        • opening and operating Reception Centres to aid people affected by a disaster providing a referral service to place evacuees in local lodging facilities
        • providing registration and inquiry information to the Red Cross to help re-unite families
        • providing food to victims, volunteers, and workers affected by the emergency
        • arranging for distribution of basic clothing to those who require it
        • providing personal services, such as counselling, and meeting special needs, as required
        • planning for Group Lodging Facilities (shelters), as needed
        • If you would like to volunteer or require more information, please contact the emergency program office at 250.414.7120 or visit https://www.langford.ca/EN/meta/departments/fire-department/services/emergency-social-services.html

    • Amateur Radio

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