Emergency Preparedness

BOMA BC is a member of the Emergency Preparedness for Industry & Commerce Council (EPICC) and the Infrastructure Security Integrated Intelligence Scheme (ISIIS). To demonstrate our committment to educating the public, members and the commercial real estate industry in preparing for and responding to emergencies (earthquakes, terrorist activities, chemical/biological threats), the Association has formed an Emergency Preparedness Committee.


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BOMA BC's emergency mass notification system allows BOMA to notify members of major emergencies affecting their tenants and businesses.

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The following is a list of resources compiled by the committee to assist you in preparing for emergencies.

Emergency Planning Links

72 Hours (Emergency self-reliance products)

Avian Influenza
An article explaining how companies can protect their core activities in the case of a pandemic.

BC Hydro - Preparing for earthquakes, wildfires and floods

F.A.S.T. (First Aid and Survival Technologies Ltd.)

FortisBC - Earthquakes

GVRD Emergency Planning

Provincial info on Emergency Preparedness, Response & Recovery

Red Cross - Earthquakes

Shakeout BC

SOS Emergency Response Technologies

Total Prepare (Emergency self-reliance products)


Earthquake video, City of Vancouver: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bq1VHnq0Yvk

Emergency Kit - Make your own: http://vancouver.ca/home-property-development/make-an-emergency-kit.aspx

External Resources

Wildfire season is here: BC Hydro encourages customers to prepare 

BC Earthquake Alliance

Canadian Centre of Occupational Health - Emergency plans

City of Burnaby

City of Vancouver Emergency Plan
The City of Vancouver has developed an emergency plan intended to serve as a guide for City Council, Board Members and City staff in order to prepare for, and respond to, major emergencies and disasters affecting the City of Vancouver.

City of Vancouver - Earthquakes

City of New Westminster

City of Richmond

City of Surrey

Emergency Communications Best Practices for Property Managers
Provided by ERMS.

Emergency Management BC
BC Government's list of resources to assist in ensuring an effective strategy is in place to address many possible types of emergencies and disasters.

Government of BC - Earthquakes

Government of Canada - Earthquakes

Metro Vancouver - Emergency preparedness resources

Natural Resources Canada - Earthquakes

North Shore Office of Emergency Management

Public Safety Canada
Ensures coordination across all federal departments and agencies responsible for national security and the safety of Canadians.

WorkSafeBC Emergency Response Guide - for small business

Volunteer with N.E.A.T.

BOMA Resources

Pandemic Planning Guide (April 2007)
This Planning Guide was developed by the participants of the National Industry Pandemic Planning Task Force ("the Task Force") in cooperation with the Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) of Canada. The Guide layers industry-specific procedures, public domain responses and standard communication to
assist BOMA members and the Canadian commercial real estate industry with relevant information relating to property operations.

Due Diligence Checklist - OH&S
The Due Diligence Checklist was developed to help employers determine if they have sufficient documentation of an effective Occupational Health and Safety (OH&S) Program. Other due diligence factors to consider include health and safety performance in the workplace, the employer's history of compliance with the Workers Compensation Act and OH&S Regulation, the degree of hazard associated with violations, etc. This checklist is only a guideline.

Workshop for Emergency Preparedness
The BOMA Emergency Response Task Group held a workshop for over 80 BOMA members. Due to the success of the first workshop, the Task Group is developing more to assist members in Emergency Preparedness and other Life Safety topics. The above resource is a downloadable version of the slides from this workshop.

Best Practices for Elevators
In follow up to the Education Committee's seminar on Elevator Safety, please see attachment for Best Practices.