Community of Tofino

Tofino is a small, close-knit community with 1932 habitants living year round. This community is personally involved in the district emergency preparedness efforts and district staff engage all sectors of the community. Through tourism, the community numbers grow exponentially during the summer months and winter storm season with up to 25,000 transient visitors every year.

Catastrophic earthquakes and tsunamis occur in many regions of the world and are most prevalent along the Pacific Rim region wherein Tofino lies. 


The January 23rd, 2018 Alaska tsunami event brought awareness to the community regarding flaws in the data available for preparedness and reaction in real-time to tsunami events. The citizens and business owners of Tofino have expressed keen interest in taking an active role in their own preparedness and, since this event, multiple ideas have been contributed to this Smart Cities proposal. A debriefing with the community (residents, visitors, businesses, emergency response organizations and emergency stakeholders) has provided key information on what worked well, what we could have done differently, and how we can improve in the future. Improvement areas identified are in modelling, mapping, emergency notifications, evacuation signage, transportation and communications accessible by both residents and visitors. 


The Community of Tofino has shaped
our challenge statement.

The District of Tofino, Nuu-chah-nulth First Nations, and ONC work closely with emergency Management BC, industry and academia regarding multi-hazard preparedness. We expect this proposal to reinforce existing relationships among partners towards new and innovative developments on emergency preparedness. 


Previous Engagements

April 15 — High Ground Hike & Preparedness Fair — Tsunami notification and evacuation — 84 participants
May 1-7 — Emergency Preparedness Week — Neighborhood Preparedness BBQ — Ocean Park — Tsunami notification and evacuation — 120 participants
June 1— Shake Zone earthquake simulator event — Earthquake awareness — 90 participants
Oct 12 — Earthquake & Tsunami Hospitality Workshop – Alison Bird — Earthquake awareness and tsunami preparedness for tourism industry — 44 participants
Oct 12 — Earthquake & Tsunami Awareness Presentation — Alison Bird — Earthquake awareness and tsunami preparedness for general public — 40 participants
Dec 12 — Chamber Luncheon — Business Continuity workshop — Earthquake awareness and tsunami preparedness for business community — 45 participants including Minister of State for Emergency Preparedness — Naomi Yamamoto and Mayor Osborne

April 9 — High Ground Hike & Preparedness Fair — Earthquake awareness, tsunami notification and evacuation — 355 participants
May 15, 2017 — Business Continuity workshop — Facilitated Workshop for hospitality industry — 40 participants
Oct 19, 2017 –- ShakeOut and Emergency Fair at Wickaninnish Elementary School — Earthquake and tsunami awareness — 300 participants
Nov 30, 2017 –- MEOPAR Community Response to Hazards Workshop — Community priorities for hazard response — 15 community stakeholders

Feb 18 — Prepared for 72 Hours — Earthquake and Tsunami preparedness workshop — 40 participants
May 25 — High Ground Hike & Preparedness Fair — Community debrief, earthquake awareness, tsunami notification and evacuation - 150 participants