Emergency Preparedness

An emergency can arise quickly and without warning. Residents should be prepared to be on their own for at least 72 hours in an emergency, be it a power outage, severe storm, flood, earthquake or other emergency.

Port Coquitlam’s Emergency Preparedness Program prepares civic employees, residents and businesses for the effects of a disaster or major emergency.

The City has trained employees in emergency operations and personal family preparedness, and has obtained a variety of resources to assist the community in the event of an emergency.

Volunteers are at the heart of the program, assisting with key services such as free community courses, Emergency Support Services and amateur radio communications.

Learn about our new resident EP guide and other resources

Free Community Courses

The City of Port Coquitlam offers residents free emergency preparedness training sessions covering the following topics: personal preparedness and basic fire suppression.

Emergency Social Services

Emergency Social Services (ESS) provides short-term assistance to residents forced to leave their homes because of fire, floods, earthquakes or other emergencies.

This assistance includes food, lodging, clothing, emotional support and family reunification. In a major emergency, reception centres may be set up in central locations to deliver these services.

ESS volunteers are trained to provide these services and are ready to assist in the event of a disaster or evacuation.


Want to get involved? Port Coquitlam is always looking for volunteers for Emergency Social Services and other emergency preparedness duties. 

Learn about Emergency Preparedness volunteer opportunities and roles here. To apply, visit our dedicated EP volunteer hub here.

Quick Links

Earthquakes Canada 

Information provided by the Department of Natural Resources on Earthquakes in Canada

Emergency Management BC 

Program administered by the Ministry for Public Safety


Port Coquitlam Emergency Preparedness Office
Tel  604.927.5466
Email ep@portcoquitlam.ca

Location and Mailing Address

#1 Fire Hall
1725 Broadway Street
Port Coquitlam BC
V3C 2A8

Business Hours: 8:00 am to 4:00 pm, Monday to Friday (excluding statutory holidays)