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    Emergency Preparedness

    The District of Port Hardy works with the regional Emergency Preparedness Program (EP) to ensure that response efforts are coordinated quickly and efficiently in the case of an emergency. EP includes local Municipal representatives, as well as members from the RCMP, fire department and ambulance. Members are trained to respond to both local and regional disasters, as needed.

    The information contained on this page is designed to help every resident to be aware of possible emergencies and disasters and how to plan to minimize their effects. You should be aware of the following potential scenarios which may occur in an emergency.

    Evacuation Sites

    Hardy Bay area residents should report to the Civic Centre at 7400 Columbia Street – Storey’s Beach and Beaver Harbour residents should report to the Avalon School at 4640 Byng Road.


    72 Hours, Are you Prepared?

    After a disaster (fire, tsunami, earthquake, toxic spill, etc.) you may have to look after yourself for 72 hours or more until services or supplies are restored. You may have to temporarily leave your home and go to a reception center for help with food, clothing or lodging. Family members may get separated. Your family should have one out-of-town contact person who is designated to receive and relay messages for your family. Ensure your children are aware of the contact person and their phone numbers. You should also know how to help emergency response personnel find you house.

    Ask yourself these questions:

    • Is your house number clearly visible from the street?
    • Can it be seen at night?

    Kwakiutl & Gwa’sala-‘Nakwaxda’xw First Nations Siren Testing Schedule FOR 2024 HAS NOT YET BEEN SET.

    Property owner, occupiers and visitors in the Fort Rupert, Beaver Harbour Park, and surrounding neighbourhoods can expect to hear audible sirens during these times. Tsunami sirens heard at any other time are not a test, evacuate the area and proceed to the nearest muster station: 4640 Byng Road – Avalon School. ALL OTHER TIMES IF THE SIREN SOUNDS…HEAD TO HIGH GROUND!


    In the event of an emergency, the following sites have up-to-date information:

    Emergency Program Coordinator
    Lionel Gunson
    Cover for Port Hardy Emergency
    Port Hardy Emergency

    Port Hardy Emergency

    Port Hardy Emergency is your District of Port Hardy Emergency Management Team. We will be working during any local emergencies to ensure the safety of our residents and a speedy recovery for the community.

    Notice of Planned Power Outage 📢‼️The North Island will be subjected to a region-wide planned power outage on Sunday, May 26, 2024 from 8 AM to 7 PM, Port Hardy included. Before a planned outage begins, it is recommended that electric heaters, major appliances and sensitive electronics be turned off and unplugged to protect them from damage. 💻Visit BC Hydro for more information about how to prepare for an outage. 🔦www.bchydro.com/safety-outages/power-outages/planned-outages.html ... See MoreSee Less
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    A Drug Poisoning Overdose Advisory has been issued for the Mount Waddingtion Region 📢‼️Harm reduction resources and services are available. - Visit Island Health’s Harm Reduction Services page for information on overdose prevention and supervised consumption sites, drug-checking services and more.ow.ly/FgyS50PLkLF- For harm reduction services and information, including naloxone programs, visit Toward the Heart ow.ly/Nlzv50PLkLO- If using alone, try the Lifeguard App at ow.ly/183a50PLkLN or the Brave App at ow.ly/rbxN50PLkLG, or call the National Overdose Response Service at 1-888-688-6677- For Indigenous-specific information, visit the First Nations Health Authority’s Overdose Prevention and Harm Reduction pages at ow.ly/ktA450PLkNWPLEASE SHARE: A Drug Poisoning/Overdose Advisory has been issued for the Mount Waddington area.· Check out Island Health’s Harm Reduction Services page at ow.ly/FgyS50PLkLF to find information on overdose prevention and supervised consumption sites, drug-checking services and more.· For harm reduction services and information, including naloxone programs, visit Toward the Heart at ow.ly/Nlzv50PLkLO· If you’re using alone, try the Lifeguard App at ow.ly/183a50PLkLN or the Brave App at ow.ly/rbxN50PLkLG, or call the National Overdose Response Service at 1-888-688-6677· For Indigenous-specific information, visit the First Nations Health Authority’s Overdose Prevention and Harm Reduction pages at ow.ly/ktA450PLkNW ... See MoreSee Less
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    Tsumami Preparedness Week PSA! 🌊🔉As a coastal community, Port Hardy is at risk of experiencing tsunami events. Low-lying areas throughout the community have been identified as being within the “Tsunami Hazard Zone”. These areas are marked with signage and instructions to evacuate to higher ground or inland in the event of an earthquake.Do you reside within a Tsunami Hazard Zone and know where to go? View the District’s Tsunami Preparedness Poster & Map for more information on the hazard zones and designated evacuation sites. porthardy.ca/municipal-hall/departments/emergency-preparedness/#TsunamiPreparednessWeek ... See MoreSee Less
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    It's Tsunami Preparedness Week. 🌊🔉To help you get started, here is some helpful information PreparedBCredBC on the natural and official warning signs of a tsunami. One way to stay informed during a tsunami event is the District's Emergency Alert System. 📢 ❗️By signing up, residents can receive real-time emergency alerts and notficiations via a text, call, or email. Official information will also be communicatedPort Hardy Emergency EmerDistrict of Port HardyPort Hardy ✅️ porthardy.ca/Other sources will include emergency response and government agencies. 🚓 🚒 🚑Sign up for the District's Emergency Alert System 👇 porthardy.ca/municipal-hall/departments/emergency-preparedness/Tsunami preparedness tips and resources will continue to be shared throughout the week to help you be ready to jump into action should the time come.There are both natural and official warning signs of a tsunami 🌊If you SEE a sudden rise or fall of the ocean, HEAR a roar (like the sound of a jet engine) or FEEL a strong earthquake and you’re on the coast, move to high ground immediately.If you live in a tsunami notification zone and a tsunami alert is issued, it will be broadcast on television, radio and mobile devices 📲Your local government may also have its own alerting system. Contact your local government to find out how they plan to share information. ... See MoreSee Less
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    Port Hardy Emergency
    Check it out! Residents have a chance to win a 50 Gallon flatback rain barrel! Rain barrels can be super helpful in capturing rainwater for use when the weather starts to get dry and hot. ☀️🌡Come chat water conservation with District of Port Hardy staff at Seedy Saturday, Emergency Preparedness Week Kick-Off and FILOMI Days events for an oppirtunity to win. See post for event details! ... See MoreSee Less
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    TSUNAMI PREAPREDNESS WEEK, April 14-20, 2024

    Tsunami Preparedness Week - BC Earthquake Alliance

    Coastal communities across British Columbia are taking part in Tsunami Preparedness Week. Tsunamis are generated in many different ways and have occurred throughout history along the British Columbia Coast. Large, fast moving Tsunamis could happen here at any time as a result of events like earthquakes that occur close by or even far away. Are you at risk within the District of Port Hardy? Where should you go if a Tsunami warning is issued? To find this information and more, please take some time to review the District of Port Hardy’s Tsunami Preparedness Poster.

    Steps to Tsunami preparedness if you are near the coast when an earthquake occurs:
      1. Immediately drop, cover, hold on and then move to higher ground to protect yourself from a potential tsunami.
      2. Move to high ground following your designated tsunami evacuation route.
      3. Follow all instructions from local officials.
      4. Stay on higher ground until you receive the “all clear” message from your local authority, tsunami waves can last several hours.

    REMEMBER: Never go to the beach to watch the waves. A tsunami can move faster than you can run!

    Image showing: drop, cover and hold on. go to high ground. Stay there to ensure a tsunami isn't coming.

    For more information on tsunami preparedness, visit PreparedBC including resources and guides.



    To help residents and businesses in planning for an emergency event of any kind, Port Hardy Emergency has prepared a handout with some quick tips and ideas on how to be emergency prepared for hazards of any kind. 

    Emergency preparedness involves 3 basic steps:

      1. Know the Risks
      2. Make a Plan
      3. Have a Kit

    ADOPT THE “ICE ADVICE” (ICE: In Case of Emergency)

    Use your cell phone as an emergency lifeline. At the touch of a button, it can be used to call 911, the police, or to reunite loved ones separated during a disaster.

      • Add an entry in the contacts list in your cell phone under the label ICE with the names and phone numbers of people who should be called in case of an accident or injury.
      • Simply put the acronym ICE before the names you want to designate as key contacts or next of kin, creating entries such as ICE1, ICE2 and ICE3, etc.
      • This will allow responders at the scene to know right away who to notify.

    Use Of ‘HELP’ And ‘OK’ Signs

    The following signs can be printed and kept in your emergency preparedness kit. They can be displayed in a home, business or vehicle window to show emergency responders and others that you are in need of assistance (HELP) or alternatively, are not in need of assistance (OK): Click here to download help/ok signs.


    Report a wildfire: 1-800-663-5555 or *5555 on a cell

    The fire danger rating is LOW  for the Coastal Fire Centre. The public is encouraged to exercise caution when having a campfire or open fire to prevent wildfires.

    Be Firesmart! On average, over 2,500 wildfires are started in British Columbia each year consuming over 25,000 hectares of forested land annually. As the weather becomes warmer and drier the risk of wildfire increases. Wildland forest fires can move fast and often put communities and homes at risk. The best protection against loss, damage or injury due to wildfire is prevention. Following the FireSmart Home Owners Manual can help reduce your risk.

    For more information on wildfires, including fire danger ratings and prohibitions, visit the BC Wildfire Management Branch Website.


    earthquake preparedness

    An earthquake or tsunami can happen here. Do you know what to do? Consult the resource materials available on the Emergency Management BC website regarding earthquakes.

    For more information and resources on emergency management and emergency preparedness visit Emergency Management Website