Voice of the BC Tourism Industry


Emergency Preparedness 2019


Key Messaging from BC’s Tourism Industry


Prospective guests are asked to contact or connect with Drive BC; BC Parks; Emergency Info BC; Destination BC; individual community visitor centres; government of BC website; to determine where to go or where not to go in British Columbia.



Destination BC Update

Emergency Resources for BC’s Tourism Industry

As you know, emergencies can impact travel, visitors and businesses at any time, and potentially influence those who may be planning a trip to our province.

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.

PreparedBC: Tourism Resources

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.

Emergency Info BC
Information about emergencies in BC, including evacuation orders and alerts.
Twitter: @EmergencyInfoBC

Drive BC
Information about road closures, major events, and transportation delays.
Twitter: @DriveBC


River Forecast Centre

Preparing Your Business for a Flood


The BC Wildfire Service


BC Parks

Recreation Sites and Trails


Environment Canada


Emergency Social Services

Red Cross

What Tourism Business Owners Can Do:


TIABC Updates

TIABC has created a wildfire public service announcement that tourism operators and stakeholders are encouraged to post at their places of business: www.tiabc.ca/advocacy-policy-development/bctourismmatters/wildfire-psa


Flooding 2018

See BC Parks website for most up to date information: www.env.gov.bc.ca/bcparks

The B.C. River Forecast Centre reports, “Disturbances such as fire affect the hydrologic response of streams, rivers and lakes relevant to potential flooding. Specifically, flows from snowmelt dominated watersheds impacted by fires tend to be greater and peak earlier as compared to undisturbed areas, even under normal weather conditions. Many of the regions affected by burns last summer have above normal snow packs this year.”

If you are experiencing flooding issues that affect your home or business, please call the Provincial Emergency Reporting Line at 1-800-663-3456. For other concerns, contact the Cariboo Regional District at 250-392-3351 or 1-800-665-1636.

Find more information on flood preparedness, current freshet conditions and emergency updates at:


BC Wildfires  – Economic Impact Surveys

Regional destination marketing organizations are seeking information on the economic impact of the current wildfire situation on tourism businesses.

Your input provides the provincial government with a comprehensive overview of the effects on businesses in both directly affected and unaffected areas. Please take a few minutes to complete the survey below:

Please share the survey with your colleagues and encourage them to complete it as well in order for us to gain the most insight. Thank you for your participation.