Ts’uubaa-asatx Emergency Management Program

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The Ts’uubaa-asatx Emergency Management Program protects the health and safety of our members and residents and the values and assets found on our land. The program ensures that plans and protocols are in place, that staff and volunteers are adequately trained, and that community awareness is high.

Ts’uubaa-asatx works toward both self-reliance and effective partnerships. Our program is fully compatible with the BC Emergency Management System. We organize our efforts according to the four pillars of emergency management: risk mitigation; preparedness; emergency response; and post incident recovery.

Cowichan Valley
Emergency Notification Service

Cowichan Alert informs subscribers of major emergencies or disasters in the Cowichan region that may impact you. Signing up is easy and can be done from your mobile phone, tablet, or computer. There is no fee to sign up. Ts’uubaa-asatx encourages all members and residents to sign up at: https://alertable.ca/signup/?site=Cowichan 

Ts’uubaa-asatx Emergency Management Program

Risk Mitigation

Risk mitigation starts with strategies to prepare for any threats faced by the community and most importantly implements activities to reduce the negative effects of potential emergencies and disasters. Ts’uubaa-asatx prioritizes risk mitigation with a hazard, risk, and vulnerability assessment. Mitigation work to-date has focussed on utilizing FireSmart principles to reduce the risks associated with wildfire. We have assessed homes for wildfire risk, demonstrated forest fuel reduction, and built firewood sheds away from our homes. Ts’uubaa-asatx is a recognized FireSmart community. Ts_uubaa-asatx FireSmart Community Plan Ver 4 October 31 2021 Appendix III Individual Home Assessments Appendix IX - Ts_uubaa-asatx Wildfire Tabletop Exercise Oct 5 2021 - ANSWERS Appendix V Community Presentation September 9 2019 Appendix VI EOC Fundamentals Appendix VII Ts_uubaa-asatx FireSmart Regulation Documents June 2020


Central to Ts’uubaa-asatx preparedness activities is the Ts’uubaa-asatx All-hazards Emergency Management Plan. The purpose of the all-hazards plan is to provide a framework for mitigation, preparation, response, and recovery activities to be undertaken during and after an emergency, and to protect the health and safety of our community members and our critical infrastructure. Planning has been supported by training and tabletop scenario playing exercises. Public Version of the All-hazards Emergency Management Plan Community engagement is important for the success of our program and Ts’uubaa-asatx has used newsletters, Facebook posts, community meetings and open houses, a home preparedness planning workshop to share ideas.

Emergency Response

Ts’uubaa-asatx response planning focuses on response support, with site response provided by our partners the Cowichan Lake RCMP, the Lake Cowichan Fire Department, and the BCEHS Ambulance Service. In the case of a disaster the Ts’uubaa-asatx emergency operations centre (EOC) will activate.


While the All-hazards Plan provides advice for recovery operations during and following an event, specific and detailed recovery planning will be further developed as time and resources permit.