UBC Graduate Research

Best Practices in Wildfire Mass Evacuation Planning Vespaziani, Leni


The climate is changing, and projections suggest that the Province of British Columbia (B.C.) will be at risk of longer and more severe wildfire seasons in the future. Unprecedented wildfire seasons in recent years have forced the evacuation of many B.C. communities. In addition to preventative actions taken by government, local and regional emergency managers are undergoing evacuation plan updates for the changing hazard landscape. This report identifies best practices that have emerged in mass evacuation planning based on recent literature, media sources, and findings from local and regional emergency managers that have either experienced or are planning for wildfire events. In an effort to support emergency planning on the North Shore, this report presents a set of recommendations for North Shore Emergency Management to integrate into their evacuation plan update.

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