Don’t be scared. Be prepared.
Two resources were developed by TIABC in partnership with PreparedBC and various tourism industry partners, including the BC Hotel Association, Tourism Tofino, Destination British Columbia and the Cariboo Chilcotin Coast Tourism Association.
Destination BC has published the following list of Emergency Resources for BC’s Tourism Industry:
Stay safe, stay informed
During times of stress and uncertainty, it is important to share information from official sources only. There are a variety of resources available to help you prepare for emergencies, gather up-to-date information and help visitors plan their travel.
Step-by-step guides to prepare businesses and their staff for emergencies, with templates and tools to help operators easily plan a fast and effective response.
- Interactive map of all active wildfires across the province
- Twitter: @BCGovFireInfo
- Facebook: www.facebook.com/BCForestFireInfo/
- Campfire bans, restrictions and forest use
Recreation Sites and Trails
Alerts, closures and warnings regarding BC’s rustic campsites and recreational trails.
Resource for the latest weather information, statements, and air quality advisories.
Emergency Social Services
Information regarding emergency reception centres and assistance.
What business owners can do:
- Share these resources with your staff and follow key social media accounts for the latest news.
- Help your guests:
- If your business is located in an impacted area, provide your current customers and future reservations with regular updates by directing them to official information sources.
- If your business is not impacted directly, help your current guests plan the rest of their trip to areas that are safe and open for business (your local visitor centre has a wealth of information on places to stay and things to do).
- If your business is not impacted directly, be proactive with future reservations—let your customers know it’s business as usual and you are looking forward to hosting them. British Columbia is a very large province and sometimes our out-of-province guests can get confused by geographically misleading information.
- Have a plan—use the PreparedBC: Tourism Resources to prepare for emergencies and to identify potential hazards.