Evacuation Orders and Alerts

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Published by the Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development - GeoBC
Licensed under Open Government Licence - British Columbia

During a declared emergency event, this file represents an aggregated dataset that shows all of the active alerts and orders in the Province as initiated by the Local Governments or First Nations.

Data and Resources

Dataset Extent

Latitude: 48.0° to 60.0°
Longitude: -139.5° to -113.5°

Additional Information


The file represents the areas in the province in a Regional District, Municipality, Electoral Area, First Nation Reserves, Communities or parts thereof where an Evacuation Order or an Evacuation Alert has been issued. It is an aggregated product of these active orders and alerts issued by the Local Governments or First Nations in order to provide a Provincial overview of the extent of these in the Province as a whole.

Data Quality

The database is updated on an as needed basis where Geographical Information is required at a Provincial scale in order to support an emergency event. The Local Governments and First Nations are the custodians of these boundaries and where possible users should always consult them first for the information as there may be a lag time between when this database gets updated and when the Local Government or First Nation issues the order or alert. Data is obtained either through digitization of the information found on a printed document or it is consumed from a web mapping application into this single provincial overview of the data.

Lineage Statement

Data is updated on an as needed basis during an emergency event where a Provincial overview of the situation is required.

Dec 19, 2018: The model has been updated so that areas under the same order or alert are combined to display as a single area.

Contact Information

NameGeoBC Inquiries (businessExpert)
OrganizationMinistry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development
NameJoy Sinnett (distributor)
OrganizationMinistry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development

Access & Security

Who can view this dataset? Public
Who can download this dataset?Public

Metadata Information

Record Published 2018-03-28
Record Last Modified 2019-09-05
Resource Status onGoing

Object Description


Short Name: EMRG_OAAA
Comments: Regional Districts, Municipalities, Electoral Areas, First Nation Reserves, Communities, or portions thereof, where an Evacuation Order or an Evacuation Alert has been issued.

Column Name Short Name Data Type Data Precision Comments
EMRG_OAA_SYSID EMRG_SYSID NUMBER 10 Is a system generated unique identification number, e.g., 123.
EVENT_NAME EVNT_NAME VARCHAR2 100 Is the name assigned to the event, e.g., White Lake Wildfire.
EVENT_NUMBER EVNT_NUM VARCHAR2 10 Is the number assigned to the event by the issuing agency, e.g., K60643.
EVENT_TYPE EVENT_TYPE VARCHAR2 50 Defines the different type of event associated with the Order and Alert, e.g., Wildfire, Flood, Landslide, Avalanche, Tsunami.
ORDER_ALERT_STATUS OA_STATUS VARCHAR2 20 Represents the current status of the order or alert, i.e., Order, Alert, All Clear.
ISSUING_AGENCY ISS_AGENCY VARCHAR2 50 Is the name of the agency that issued the order or alert, e.g., Cariboo Regional District.
PREOC_CODE PREOC_CD VARCHAR2 3 Is the 3 letter code that represents the Provincial Regional Emergency Operations centre where the Order or Alert is located, i.e., VIR (Vancouver Island Region), SWE (Southwest Region) , SEA (Southeast Region) , CTL (Central Region), NEA (Northeast Region), NEW (Northwest Region)
POPULATION POPULATION NUMBER 7 Represents the current estimated population within the evacuation order or alert area
NUMBER_OF_HOMES NMBR_F_HMS NUMBER 10 The number of homes effected by the order or alert that has been issued for the area of concern.
DATE_MODIFIED DT_MDFD DATE 7 Is the date the record was last modified.
FEATURE_AREA_SQM FEAT_AREA NUMBER 19 Is the system calculated area of a two-dimensional polygon in square meters.
FEATURE_LENGTH_M FEAT_LEN NUMBER 19 Is the system calculated length or perimeter of a geometry in meters.
SHAPE SHAPE SDO_GEOMETRY 1 Is the column used to reference the spatial coordinates defining the feature.
OBJECTID OBJECTID NUMBER 38 Is a column required by spatial layers that interact with ESRI ArcSDE. It is populated with unique values automatically by SDE.
SE_ANNO_CAD_DATA BLOB 4000 Is a binary column used by spatial tools to store annotation, curve features and CAD data when using the SDO_GEOMETRY storage data type.