Tofino Emergency Preparedness

Public Education

The District of Tofino offers emergency preparedness information to help residents and businesses become better prepared for a major emergency.

Sign Up for Emergency Notifications:

Cell service providers require you to agree to receive text messages from One Call Now before you can be contacted using the One Call Now text messaging service.

To make this easy for you, we have created an opt-in text message:

  • OneCall Members in Tofino using the North American Dialing Plan: Text the word "Resume" to (937) 240-0720
  • Fees: Please note that you will be charged standard text messaging rates for all text received from One Call Now.
  • Collection of Personal Information: One Call Now collects personal information for the purpose of notifying individuals of emergency communications. Questions regarding this collection can be directed to Keith Orchiston. (Contact Information at the bottom of this page).
  • Storage Outside of Canada: The information you submit will be stored in or accessed from a location outside of Canada. By signing up for this service, you consent to the information you enter being stored in, or accessed from, a location outside of Canada, and that this permission takes effect immediately. You may withdraw your consent at any time by unsubscribing to the service. 

The Province of BC has also created PreparedBC, a one stop-shop for online preparedness information, including hazard-specific information, how to build an emergency kit, how to prepare your household and how to connect with your neighbours and authorities in advance of a disaster.

Emergency Planning

Tofino is committed to providing leadership and guidelines to meet the challenges associated with emergency management.

The District of Tofino will conduct monthly testing of the Cox Bay and North Chesterman Beach emergency sirens (a.k.a. tsunami sirens) on the first Friday of each month at 11:00 am.


Evacutation Maps

Click the map below for a larger version.

Preparedness Tips

TIP: Stay informed! 

Start by following the reliable news sources (like those found on this page).

Sign up for District Emails or the One Call Emergency Notification System to receive emergency notifications to your phone or email.

Contact the District of Tofino to find out how we share alerts and instructions during an emergency, whether it's via our email notifications, social media, or sirens. The most important thing is to seek out credible sources so you can make good decisions during a disaster. 

TIP: Make an emergency kit for your car! 

Disasters don't always happen when we're sitting at home next to our stash of bottled water and army rations. Make a simple "On the Go" bag to keep in your car that includes food and water, first aid supplies, flashlight and blankets. Keep your vehicle gassed up just incase you have to evacuate in a hurry. 

TIP: Meet your neighbours! 

We're all in it together when a disaster hits. The most immediate help following a disaster will come from those directly around - your neighbours. Connecting with them today, and working together to prepare, will mean a better response and faster recovery.

Contact Us

Keith Orchiston
Emergency Program Coordinator

(T) 250-725-3229 ext. 708
(F) 250-725-3775