Campbell River Emergency Support Services Team
British Columbian’s forced from their homes by fire, floods, earthquakes or other emergencies may receive emergency support services for up to 72 hours. Services may include food, lodging, clothing, emotional support, information about the crisis, and family reunification. There may also be special services like first aid, child minding, pet care and transportation.
Under the Emergency Program Act, municipalities, First Nations communities and regional districts are responsible for responding to emergencies in their areas, including providing emergency social services. Emergency Support Services is intended for those without support such as insurance coverage or friends and family who can assist.
The ESS Program plays an important role in responding to emergencies in Campbell River by:
- helping people to remain independent and self-sufficient;
- helping meet basic survival needs during a disaster;
- reuniting family members separated by a disaster;
- providing people with accurate, up to date information about the emergency;
- helping people re-establish themselves as quickly as possible after a disaster, and
- helping a community work through the recovery process.
The major tasks of ESS teams are:
- recruiting and training volunteers and staff;
- identifying facilities suitable for use as Reception Centres and Group Lodging;
- establishing linkages with key local emergency responders and non-government disaster agencies, and
- establishing relationships with local businesses and service organizations to supply goods and services during emergencies.
What Do ESS Volunteers Do?
- provide arrangements for temporary services to evacuees through pre-arranged community suppliers such as restaurants, grocery and clothing stores, hotels etc.;
- provide for pre-arranged facilities to be adapted into a Reception Centre for a safe place where multiple evacuees can gather to receive information and assistance;
- provide for pre-arranged facilities to be converted into Group Lodging in the event the community needs to offer lodging to a large number of evacuees;
- provide Emergency Preparedness education to the public and community organizations.
The Team relies on the efforts of volunteers to assist in the planning process for the implementation of Emergency Services in a disaster response. Participation by people like you will lead to effective planning, efficient action and a more expedient recovery should a disaster or emergency occur.
If you are a person who may be interested in helping people in your community, then please contact the Campbell River Emergency Support Services Team to find out how to volunteer at firstname.lastname@example.org
The team meets monthly (last Monday of the month between September and June) at the meeting room at 261 Larwood Rd. (Campbell River Search and Rescue Hall) and members are encouraged to participate in regular exercises take various free training courses.
We’re currently recruiting ESS responders.
Emergency Management BC
Toll Free: 1-888-811 -6233
Vancouver Island Non-Emergency Contact: 250-952-5848
Emergency Contact: 1-800-663-3456
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Natural Resources Canada
Emergency Program Coordinator, Strathcona Regional District
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