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Emergency Program

This page was last reviewed on September 5, 2019.

Under the BC Emergency Program Act, municipalities are responsible for preparing local emergency plans respecting preparation for, response to and recovery from emergencies and disasters in their communities. Cumberland has an up-to-date Emergency Plan and Evacuation Plan that reflects current risks and resources in the community.

Emergency Notification Systems

Follow the Cumberland Emergency Program Facebook page for local wildfire information, evacuation alerts and notices.

Register for local emergency notifications directly to cell or landline phones through the CVRD’s Connect Rocket System:

Comox Valley Emergency Program

Cumberland participates in the Comox Valley Emergency Program which provides coordinated regional emergency programming to the Comox Valley.

Cumberland Evacuation Plan

In 2014, Cumberland developed a local evacuation plan in order to respond to events such as flooding and wildfire.

In this plan, the Village is divided into sections for emergency personnel to notify residents of either an evacuation alert or an immediate evacuation notice.

There is also provision for

  • establishing emergency reception centres and lodging facilities
  • traffic control and evacuation routes
  • identification for at-risk populations, such as long-term care facility residents
  • standards for evacuation of neighbourhood homes
  • evacuation perimeter and access control

Personal Emergency Preparedness

During an emergency, you and your family could be on your own for an extended period of time. Emergency services may not be readily available, as increasing demands are placed on responders. It may take emergency workers some time to get to you as they help those in most critical need.

Find information on BC Emergency Planning, Response and Recovery and the PreparedBC website about how to get your family prepared in case of an emergency.

Wildfires and how to reduce the hazard of wildfire to your home in the FireSmart Homeowner’s Guide.

Earthquakes and Earthquake Smart Manual

Household Preparedness Guide

Household Emergency Plan (fill in the blanks)

Neighbourhood Preparedness Guide

Active Emergencies

Emergency Info BC


During flood events, residents are asked to stay away from streams, creeks and other open water as they are flowing at flood levels and some bank erosion and undermining may occur.

Residents are asked to help prevent flooding by removing leaves and debris from catch basins on the roads and alleys as well as drains on your property.

For emergencies only call 250-702-3737. Sandbags are available upon request.

For all other inquiries, please call the Village office between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. at 250-336-2291.

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