Emergency Program

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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. 

Upcoming Events

FireSmart Workshop with Bruce Blackwell

We are offering a final FREE workshop to get Bowen Island residents familiar with and participating in the FireSmart program. Join us for a presentation by wildfire expert Bruce Blackwell, and learn what you can do to make your home and your island more resilient to wildfires. There's lots of time for Q&A, so bring your questions!

FireSmart Workshop 
Thursday, June 20th, 2019
7:00 pm
Fire Hall # 2 (1421 Adams Rd)

We are also offering FREE home and property assessments - contact us if you'd like to learn more about risks to your home and possible steps you can take to mitigate them. 

Emergency Support Services Introduction to Group Lodging

Saturday, October 26th, full day course. On Bowen, specific location and time TBD. 

Learn about the basic functions of a group lodging facility during emergencies or disasters. This course covers the fundamentals for ESS responders who may be called upon to work in, or support the activities at a group lodging facility. The purpose of this course is to prepare ESS responders for working in local facilities designated as group lodging.

Contact the Emergency Program Coordinator to register. 

Emergency Support Services Meetings are held in the evening on the second Tuesday of the month. 

Email the ESS Director at BowenESS@bimbc.ca for more information. 

Personal Preparedness

Preparedness begins at home! Are you prepared to look after your families needs for at least 72 hours?


Bowen Island Emergency Guide  2018 Hazard, Risk and Vulnerability Assessment


Visit GetPrepared.gc.ca or PreparedBC for more information and resources

You can also download Emergency Contact Info Cards for your Household Emergency Plan

Volunteer Organizations

Emergency Support Services (ESS) (formerly Emergency Social Services) 

Bowen Amateur Radio Service (BEARS)

Neighborhood Emergency Response People (NERPs)

Community AED Program

In the news

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

Emergency Program Reference Documents

Last Updated on 2019-05-23 at 9:45 AM