Household Preparedness

Emergency Notifications

The District of Ucluelet has an emergency notification system to rapidly convey messages to residents and visitors about impending emergency incidents. This system can also be used to provide safety instructions and additional information about an emergency event.

To receive emergency notices via email, text message, and/or voice-to-text message, click on the following link and follow the steps. 

Sign Up to Receive Emergency Notifications >

Please note that personal information is collected under the authority of section 26(c) the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act. Personal information will only be disclosed in accordance with the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act and will not be used for any purpose other than to contact you in the event of an emergency.

Emergency Kits and Grab-and-go Bags

Following a disaster, you may need to stay at home with your emergency kit or evacuate immediately with your grab-and-go bags. Local emergency resources will quickly become depleted, so you must be prepared to be self-sufficient for up to 72 hours.

Learn more about building emergency kits and grab-and-go bags at the BC Government's emergency preparedness site

20 Meters in 20 Minutes

The District of Ucluelet established the slogan “20 Meters in 20 Minutes”. The purpose of the this is to stress the importance that after the shaking of an earthquake stops, you will have approximately 20 minutes to evacuate to high ground prior to the arrival of the first tsunami waves. 20 meters is the recommended height above sea level that you should go.

If you are already above the 20-meter mark, there is generally no need to go anywhere.

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If the District of Ucluelet directs you to evacuate, take your grab-and-go-bag and immediately head to the nearest Community Assembly Area and stay there. District Staff will then provide you with information as it becomes available.

The 3 Community Assembly Areas in Ucluelet are:

  1. Tugwell Field – Raven Parking Lot
  2. Ucluelet Secondary School Field, and
  3. Coast Guard Rd. – Whale Parking Lot

 District of Ucluelet Emergency MAP 2023








Important Links:

Emergency Management BC
Coast Smart
The Great BC ShakeOut
National Tsunami Warning Centre
BC Centre for Disease Control
Island Health
Public Safety Canada
BC Hydro Power Outages
Drive BC

For more information about personal preparedness contact Fire Chief Rick Geddes at