Here are some tools to help you prepare for wildfire season in British Columbia.

The British Columbia government has announced an interactive emergency preparedness planner to help residents prepare for the worst.

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Wildfire season in British Columbia has already begun, but many residents are likely unprepared for a wildfire or other weather-related emergency.

The British Columbia government announced an interactive emergency-ready planner Thursday to help people create an emergency and evacuation plan for their families. There are also updates to the BC Wildfire Service app and updates to the Drought Information Portal with the latest drought levels and watershed conditions.

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“Being prepared and feeling prepared starts with having a plan. We encourage everyone to make an emergency and evacuation plan, and the new tools launched today make planning easier and will help people stay safe,” said Bowinn Ma, Minister of Emergency Management and Climate Preparedness.

Here are some things to do before the season heats up:

    Check out BC’s new emergency prepared planner

    The Emergency Ready Planner is an interactive online tool to help people create a personalized emergency and evacuation plan.

    The planner helps people identify emergency meeting locations, list important contacts, medical and insurance information, recommend emergency kit supplies and grab-and-go bags, and provide tips for protecting homes from wildfires.

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    Get familiar with the BC Wildfire app

    The wildfire dashboard now has more features, including a provincial status report and easier access to fire ban information. People can submit fire reports when they are out of range of cell service. The application is available on the Apple Store and Google Play.

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To learn more about BC Wildfire Service and get the app, visit:

Add the drought information portal to your favorites

The Drought Information Portal helps communities, farmers and businesses understand how drought could affect their region so they can prepare and take action. The portal provides current and historical drought levels, watershed conditions, and other precipitation, snowpack, and groundwater data by geographic region.

According to the government, the new portal has been updated to make it easier to use on all platforms.

It will be updated weekly and will provide information on how to prepare for and respond to drought, understand provincial drought conditions, and regulatory actions that are underway.

To view the updated drought website, visit:

See a demo

To view the Emergency Prepared Planner, Drought Information Portal and digital demo of the BC Wildfire Service app, check out the government’s YouTube page at

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Stay up to date on evacuations and emergency alerts

To receive emergency and evacuation alerts, visit or follow Emergency Info BC on social media at

Take note of your nearest cooling center

To view an interactive map of cooling centers and hot weather resources in BC, visit:

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