Emergency Program

Bowen Island Municipality Emergency Program

The Emergency Program plans for the response to and recovery from emergencies and disasters in order to help to protect the health and safety of Bowen Island residents.

The Program was created in 2017 through Bowen Island Municipality Emergency Program Regulatory Bylaw #428, 2016 (consolidated November 2019)


The Emergency Program continues to address COVID-19 on multiple fronts including through:

  • Actioning recommendations from EOC Advanced Planning and After Action Reports
  • Supporting Business Continuity Planning for local essential service providers 
  • Adjudicating grants as part of the Bowen Island Community Foundation's Resiliency Fund committee
  • Purchasing 4 pulse-oximeters for lending from the Med-Shed as part of second wave planning 
  • Supporting the NERPs in their information kiosk building project and outreach 
  • Actively monitoring the situation and disseminating information to the public through BIM communications channels 
  • Working to secure on-island access to COVID testing 

Fore more information, please visit Bowen Island Municipality's COVID-19 webpage

Emergency Program Publications

Evacuation Plan, 2020

This plan provides BIM, response agencies & partners a practical guide to conducting an evacuation of all or part of Bowen Island. Please visit the Evacuation Plan webpage for additional information. 


Emergency Management Plan, 2020

The Emergency Management Plan for BIM was adopted by Council June 2020, and describes the structure and organization of BIM's response to an emergency. 


Tsunami Hazard and Risk Assessment, 2019 

This research was undertaken in order to better understand the tsunami threat to Bowen Island. 


Hazard, Risk and Vulnerability Assessment, 2018

An HRVA is a foundational document that assists in planning for emergencies. 

2018 Hazard, Risk and Vulnerability Assessment

Bowen Island Emergency Guide, 2018

This guide was produced for residents and provides information on local risks, how to prepare for emergencies on Bowen and local emergency organizations. We hope to update this guide in 2021! 

 Bowen Island Emergency Guide   


Volunteer Organizations

Emergency Support Services (ESS) 

Neighborhood Emergency Response Program (NERP)

Community AED Program

In the news

How last summer's drought affected Bowen Island's trees - Bowen Island Undercurrent

How Bowen Islanders can be prepared for wild fire season

Meet BIM's new emergency program coordinator - Bowen Island Undercurrent

New radio repeater could eliminate Bowen's radio 'dead zones' - Bowen Island Undercurrent

CBC: How do you evacuate all of Bowen Island? Municipality seeks plan to find out

Undercurrent: What happens when the Bowen ferry doesn't run?

Undercurrent: BowENS will keep islanders informed in case of emergency

Undercurrent: Evacuation plan and volunteer training, top priorities in planning for island-wide emergency

Undercurrent: Sacrifice trees to save your home: the necessity of firesmarting

Undercurrent: What would happen if there were a forest fire on Bowen

Undercurrent: Emergency shelter plan approved by BC Housing

Undercurrent: Extreme weather shelter a Bowen community success story

Other relevant regional plans:

Greater Vancouver Integrated Response Plan for Marine Pollution Incidents

Joint Municipal Regional Disaster Debris Management Operational Plan for Metro Vancouver region and members 

Last Updated on 2021-10-04 at 12:51 PM