Canadian Red Cross – Wildfire Centre
The Canadian Red Cross are a non-profit with decades of frontline emergency response in our country, and globally through their various international organizations.
Visit the Canadian Red Cross for information on how to create an emergency plan for Wildfires, and key steps for what to do before, during and after a wildfire.
FireSmart Canada leads the development of resources and programs designed to empower the public and increase neighbourhood resilience to wildfire across Canada.
Fire Smoke Forecast – Firesmoke.ca
Learn the forecast for air quality and smoke particles in your area on the Fire Smoke website. Data is updated regularly, with forecasts available for the next 48 hours.
Community Futures – Wildfire Supports
Community Futures British Columbia has launched its 1-800 number to assist businesses affected by wildfires. The toll-free number connects businesses with an advisor who can assess the unique challenges individuals may be facing and helping them to connect them with the appropriate expertise to support business recovery.
The business support number is: 1-800-670-9058
As well, the Community Futures Wildfire Business Support webpage can be found here: https://cfwildfire.ca/
This website includes a variety of resources and supports available to assist with disaster recovery and mitigation, and latest information on wildfire activity in BC. The Business Continuity Workbook, developed by Community Futures after the 2017 wildfire season, along with the Agriculture Emergency Preparedness Workbook can be found on the website to help businesses prepare in advance of wildfires.
Community Futures are also providing a free, online workshop outlining the steps businesses can take to prepare for or recover more quickly from disasters: Disaster Readiness 101 covers the seven things your business can do immediately to avoid being caught off guard by an unexpected disaster. Developed by Colin O’Leary, an expert in economic recovery and business planning, the workshop focuses on a number of key lessons learned following the 2017 wildfires.
Loan appears to be no longer available for 2021. However, there is a new Community Futures resource website for Wildfire Business Support: https://cfwildfire.ca/
BC Economic Development Association – Wildfire Resources
Discover a range of curated supports from the BC Economic Development Association. Additionally, as part of their Economic Disaster Resiliency and Recovery Program, the BC Economic Development Association is offering every Indigenous, local and regional government in BC the opportunity to upload your Business License data to our BC BusinessCounts system for free.
Canadian Federation of Independent Businesses – Wildfire Resources
Find dedicated resources and supports from the Canadian Federation of Independent Businesses. There are dedicated sections for employers, employees and homeowners.
Insurance Bureau of Canada – BC Wildfire Information
According to the Insurance Bureau of Canada and their BC Wildfire Resource:
“Most home and business insurance policies cover fire damage. If residents have to leave their homes because of a mandatory evacuation order issued by civil authorities, most homeowner’s and tenant’s insurance policies will provide coverage for reasonable additional living expenses for a specified period of time.”
If you’ve been affected by the wildfires, when safe to do so, perform the following steps:
- Assess and document the damage, and take of affected rooms, goods, machinery
- List all damaged or destroyed items
- If possible, assemble proofs of purchase, photos, receipts and warranties
- Keep all of the receipts pertaining to the cleanup and living expenses
- Call your insurance representative and/or company and don`t forget to ask what living expenses you’re entitled to be reimbursed for
- IBC have also produced a Frequently Asked Questionsdocument, as well as a tip sheet pertaining to Fire Damage to Business.
Canadian Mental Health Association – Wildfire Resources
The wildfires don’t just take a financial and environmental toll, they’re also challenging for the mental health of those impacted by them. Find mental health resources to navigate you through this challenging period from the Canadian Mental Health Association.
BC Hydro – Help for Evacuees
Residential and commercial customers who are affected by an evacuation order are eligible to receive a credit for the electricity consumed for the duration of the time they’re out of their home, if the order is for five days or longer. We also offer flexible bill payment plans for when you’re able to return home.