Over the last several years there have been a number of changes which have impacted, and are expected to
impact, emergency management activities throughout the world. Within the Omineca Beetle Action Coalition
region, the infestation of mountain pine beetle (MPB) in the forests, changes in climate, and increases in industrial
traffic present the potential for increased threats to communities. Communities have worked hard to
prepare for and manage the current level of emergencies and disasters and plan for any subsequent changes as
a result of these phenomena.
Many local governments within the OBAC region have prepared plans to deal with a
wide range of emergencies. The most common form of emergencies or disasters that
are planned for, and responded to by communities within the OBAC region include:
hazardous materials spills; flooding; wildfires; severe weather (such as snowstorms);
and industrial accidents.
OBAC communities are generally well prepared for emergencies or disasters and have
made best use of the existing resources available to them. However, inter-community
and cross-regional collaboration between governments, practitioner organizations and
professionals can assist in further developing and ensuring that all communities will
be able to deal with potential increases in frequency and severity of emergencies and
disasters. Ensuring a state of readiness to protect people and property against natural
or human-caused emergencies and disasters is paramount and can support the region’s
overall diversification efforts.
In some cases, neighboring communities already work together in formalized arrangements. In many situations,
the relationships are not currently defined. Efforts to work together must fit with First Nations and local government
leaders’ and emergency practitioners’ interest level and ability to participate. This document reflects the
good work done so far and presents ideas on additional opportunities for collaboration between senior and local
governments, and First Nation communities. Although First Nations are included as possible participants in many
of the actions, First Nations communities’ participation will be entirely dependent on individual community
needs, priorities, and interests. OBAC looks forward to helping to facilitate this during project implementation
and incorporating ideas and opportunities as the project evolves.
This report identifies recommendations and actions that use local and regional resources to their fullest potential
and suggests solutions to the unique challenges of the region by presenting opportunities for inter-community
and cross-regional collaboration. OBAC looks forward to continuing to support discussions between neighbouring
communities, local businesses, and leaders of regional initiatives.