Vegetation management addresses the threat of wildfire by reducing the amount of fuel that can ignite and carry a fire through the landscape and into communities.Each community in the interface and landscape area requires different levels of treatment based on threat, biogeoclimatic factors, efficiencies and other factors like watersheds, wildlife habitat etc. The level of treatment discussion needs to start within each community and extend to a discussion on how to accomplish hazard reduction.
In preparation for major emergencies or disasters, the City of Terrace works hard to understand and plan for the risks in our community. When disaster strikes, the City of Terrace will offer leadership, support and keep the community informed through the local media and online resources.
Fire Smart is a shared responsibility. It is about living in a fire-prone ecosystem and taking the necessary steps to protect your family, property, and community from wildfire.
It can take 72 hours or more to mobilize relief efforts during an emergency. The 72 hour preparedness message is used across North America by first responders (fire, police, paramedics), local governments and relief organizations.
Residents of the Northwest are encouraged to be prepared to cope on their own for at least the first 72 hours. This will allow emergency workers focus on people in urgent need. Being prepared to take care of yourself, will allow community resources to be used more effectively during an emergency.
Emergency preparedness begins at home, start today!
The City of Terrace conducts an annual Hazard, Risk and Vulnerability Assessment that helps us focus our planning efforts. History is our most valuable tool for assessing the risks to our community.
The City of Terrace mitigates the risk of flooding by monitoring the floodplain and by installing and maintaining erosion protection. The City works closely with Emergency Management BC and the Ministry of Environment each spring, monitoring the snow packs, stream flows and weather patterns to ensure we are ready to support those most at risk.
The City of Terrace supports the Community Wildfire Protection Plan in conjunction with similar City plans and the Firesmart program. The City is at risk from wildfire, grasslands, brush and forests fires.
Most power outages will be over almost as soon as they begin, but some can last much longer - up to days and even weeks in extreme situations. Power outages are often caused by snow storms and high winds.
During a power outage, you may be left without heating, lighting, hot water or even running water. Our ability to respond is limited, so personal preparedness in an extreme weather or blackout scenario is essential especially during the winter months.
The City is assuming its role in supporting Northern Health by sharing information and helping with public health messaging.
For more information:
John Klie, Emergency Program Coordinator
City of Terrace
FireSmart is a shared responsibility. It is about living in a fire-prone ecosystem and taking the necessary steps to protect your family, property, and community from wildfire.
Over time, FireSmart principles have shown that they are effective at reducing the risk related to losses in the most extreme wildfire conditions. With a few simple steps you can contribute to increasing your property, neighbourhood and community resiliency to wildfire.
Taking advantage of FireSmart in order to be prepared for a wildfire emergency is the responsibility of everyone from a homeowner to community leader to members of fire agencies.
Emergency planning means taking into account all the complexities of a multiagency response. There are characteristics in your specific interface and strategies of your response that are unique to your community, addressing those can help you prepare your area for wildfire. Evacuations as well as response and recovery after a wildfire event should all be part of your emergency planning process.
When a major wildfire occurs in the wildland urban interface that puts several properties at risk, firefighters may have to triage which buildings they are able to save. Properties that are covered in dense forest fuels with unmanaged vegetation may be identified as impossible to protect. Those buildings where owners have NOT applied FireSmart principles may then not receive priority action from firefighters.
The goal of structure triage is to provide suppression resources where they have the greatest chance of success. You can assist in these efforts by ensuring your property is and remains FireSmart.
Emergency plans can be completed for an individual home, for a neighbourhood, community and for the municipality. Find out at what level you should get involved in the planning