Natural Hazards

NEW - Updated Landslide Hazard Mapping for the Youbou Area

The CVRD has received updated and refined landslide hazard assessments for the slopes above the Youbou area which add supplemental informatio to the previous risk assessment reports prepared in 2019. Based on new high resolution mapping collected in 2019, landslide risks and runout models have been developed which model the extent of potential landslides in the area.

Debris Flow Runout Report

Be prepared. Understand and manage the risks.

Cowichan is an amazing place to live. However, our region has natural hazards such as flooding, landslides, wildfires and earthquakes. We are also hit by extreme weather events like windstorms and heavy snow. Being aware of potential hazards and being prepared will help reduce the risks to you and your family.

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Risk Tolerance Policy

The CVRD has a Risk Tolerance Policy to guide land use and development decisions in areas where hazards may present a risk the life and safety of residents. In areas subject to hazards such as landslides, you may be required to hire an engineer or geoscientist to prepare a geohazard risk assessment for your property prior to any development. The policy is available here.

Are you Prepared? Have a Plan. Make a Kit.

Tips - Have a Plan

Your emergency plan should include details about:
  • meeting places for your family and loved ones to reunite, one close to your home and another outside your community
  • names and contact information for your neighbours 
  • names and contact information for out-of-town contacts
  • family health details (medication names, Care Card numbers, doctor contact information
  • names of people assigned to pick up children, family members who require assistance, or pets, in case you're not able to
  • the location of your emergency kit and grab-and-go bags

Tips - Make a Kit

Your basic family emergency kit should contain these items:
  • Food that doesn't spoil, such as canned goods, energy bars, or dried foods
  • 4L of water per person per day, preferably in small, easy-to-carry bottles
  • First aid kit
  • Flashlight and radio (battery powered or hand cranked)
  • Manual can opener
  • Cash (small bills)
  • Prescription medication, baby formula
  • Your emergency plan and contact information
  • Extra keys to your home and car
  • Food and water for your pets