GUIDES AND RESOURCES
Tofino Emergency Preparedness
- Public Education
- Emergency Planning
- One Call Now (Notification)
- Evacuation Maps
- Preparedness Tips
The District of Tofino is continuously looking for ways to engage the public and provide useful information to help residents and businesses become better prepared for a major emergency.
Each year, the District of Tofino participates and hosts a range of emergency preparedness activities such as the High Ground Hike, Emergency Preparedness Week, and Shake Out BC.
Follow us on Social Media to make sure you stay in the loop when we're putting on events, workshops and activities in the community.
Will you have to evacuate? Check out the GIS Portal for your elevation.
Do you have a kit? Use the resources on this page for more info.
How will you be notified? Sign up to One Call Now, and remember, during a locally generated Tsunami The Shaking Is The Warning.
The Province of BC has also created PreparedBC, a one stop-shop for online preparedness information, including:
- Hazard-specific information
- How to build an emergency kit
- How to prepare your household
- How to connect with your neighbours and authorities in advance of a disaster.
Click the links on the side of this webpage for more information.
Tofino is committed to providing leadership and guidelines to meet the challenges associated with emergency management.
How High is Your Home?
CLICK HERE - Open our Public GIS Portal and click the "Parcels" and "Contours" layers (Note: These may have a bar through them while the GIS program loads, it is a lot of data to load! Please be patient.). Mouse over your home, place of work, etc. and find our if you're close to 20 meters above sea level.
CLICK HERE - Read more about the different types of tsunami alerts, the differences between a local and distant tsunami, and where to get more information about these types of events.
Tsunami sirens are designed to provide a rapid alert and are currently one of the most effective mass notification means of alerting outdoor populations. They are most useful when there is a concentrated outdoor population within the sound-range of the sirens or where there is no other means of notification, such as beach locations.
Sirens are intended to be used to alert outdoor populations to the potential threat of a distant tsunami, when there is typically time for an official warning and evacuation.
They are NOT intended to be used to notify indoor populations. Also, there may not be time to activate the sirens in the event of a local tsunami.
Tsunami’s can happen anytime. If a tsunami warning is received by the Distirict of Tofino during the middle of the night we will used every notification method at our disposal to alert you, including activating the sirens.
The District of Tofino tests the tsunami sirens silently every day. We audibly test the sirens on the first Friday of each month. The test siren will state that it is just a test and play the "Westminster Chime", which is the international "all clear tone" in emergency warning systems.
To hear the "Westminster Chime" click here
During a real event, a loud wailing tone will be played over the siren and a message stating the level of alert and instructions will be broadcast.
To hear the "Emergency Siren" click here
During an emergency event, the District of Tofino will make every effort to broadcast official tsunami alerts and information by email, telephone, and text message via the One Call Now system, as well as by social media, outdoor sirens, radio and/or door-to-door contact if possible.
Sign Up for Emergency Notifications:
TESTING - The District of Tofino tests the One Call Now system and outdoor warning sirens on the first Friday of each month. Sign in to your account to adjust notification options or update contact information.
TEXT MESSAGES: Cell service providers require you to agree to receive text messages from One Call Now before you can be contacted using the One Call Now text messaging service.
To make this easy for you, we have created an opt-in text message:
- OneCall Members in Tofino using the North American Dialing Plan: Text the word "Resume" to (937) 240-0720
- Fees: Please note that you will be charged standard text messaging rates for all text received from One Call Now.
- Collection of Personal Information: One Call Now collects personal information for the purpose of notifying individuals of emergency communications. Questions regarding this collection can be directed to Keith Orchiston. (Contact Information at the bottom of this page).
- Storage Outside of Canada: The information you submit will be stored in or accessed from a location outside of Canada. By signing up for this service, you consent to the information you enter being stored in, or accessed from, a location outside of Canada, and that this permission takes effect immediately. You may withdraw your consent at any time by unsubscribing to the service.
The District of Tofino uses our official social media accounts to communicate during emergency events. For accurate, up to date information, click:
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TIP: Stay informed!
Start by following the reliable news sources (like those found on this page).
Sign up for District Emails or the One Call Emergency Notification System to receive emergency notifications to your phone or email.
Contact the District of Tofino to find out how we share alerts and instructions during an emergency, whether it's via our email notifications, social media, or sirens. The most important thing is to seek out credible sources so you can make good decisions during a disaster.
TIP: Make an emergency kit for your home and your car!
Disasters don't always happen when we're sitting at home next to our stash of bottled water and army rations. Make simple "On the Go" bags to keep in your home or your car that include food and water, first aid supplies, flashlight and blankets. Keep your vehicle gassed up just incase you have to evacuate in a hurry.
TIP: Meet your neighbours!
We're all in it together when a disaster hits. The most immediate help following a disaster will come from those directly around - your neighbours. Connecting with them today, and working together to prepare, will mean a better response and faster recovery.
Emergency Program Coordinator
(T) 250-725-3229 ext. 708