Emergency Planning

Disaster Response Plan

The City of Coquitlam is located in one of the most beautiful areas in British Columbia and like all surrounding municipalities our community is vulnerable to emergencies and disasters.  These events can occur anywhere and anytime and often result in unpredictable consequences.

Coquitlam is committed to providing leadership and guidelines to meet the challenges associated with emergency management. This includes preparation and planning to safeguard the health, safety and welfare of its citizens, and to provide an effective response and recovery as much as possible. The Coquitlam Disaster Response Plan provides an overview of the City’s emergency management commitments and response methodologies.

Public Works Response Plan ​& Division Operation Centre Guidelines

The Public Works Response Plan and Division Operation Centre Guidelines describe how the Public Works Division and its sections (Water, Sewer, Roads, Fleet Operations and the Utility Control Centre) will organize, assess, prioritize and support public works staff responding in the field during a major disaster. This plan provides the information, checklists and forms, required to support the Public Works Division establish a Public Works Division Operation Centre to respond to and begin recovery of an impending or actual disastrous event.

Disaster Response Route SignDisaster Response Routes

Disaster Response Routes are a unified network of roads that are intended to allow emergency services to travel where they are needed during disasters:

  • During an emergency, public access to these routes may be limited to allow supplies and services to quickly move to the areas with the greatest need.
  • Watch for the Disaster Response Route signs on roads throughout the lower mainland. Learning to recognize these routes is an important step in preparing for an earthquake or other disaster.
  • Public service broadcasts will provide citizens with updated status reports and information on what the routes are being used for. 

For more information on Disaster Response Routes and their locations, please review this map, and visit the Ministry of Transportation an Infrastructure web site.

Evacuation Planning

In the event of a major earthquake or severe storm, some areas of Coquitlam could be subject to flooding risk and may require evacuation.

In the highly unlikely event that an extreme earthquake causes failure of the Coquitlam Dam, water from behind the dam would flow into City of Coquitlam and residents in the lower areas along the Coquitlam River would be required to evacuate. Please consult the Coquitlam Dam Emergency Inundation Zone and Road Network Map to become familiar with the road network in your area and route to high ground outside the inundation zone.

It is important to note that in 2008 the Coquitlam Dam received significant upgrades and only under an extremely severe earthquake or similar catastrophic event would a dam breach occur. Please refer to the BC Hydro website for more information on dam safety, including the BC Hydro Coquitlam Dam Emergency Flood Map.

Emergency Program Office

Phone: 604-927-6438
Email: EmergencyProgram@coquitlam.ca