Kamloops, BC – The 2021 wildfire season has been very busy for Emergency Support Services (ESS) volunteers. ESS provides short-term assistance to British Columbians who are forced from their homes because of fire, flood, earthquake, or other emergencies.
The Kamloops ESS team has been working hard to ensure that everyone who has been displaced from their homes and directed to Kamloops has access to required basic supports such as food, lodging, clothing, emotional support, and family reunification.
“Our Emergency Support Services volunteers and staff are well trained to work in our virtual reception centre. We want to reassure Kamloops residents and our regional friends that evacuees are being assisted with expertise, experience, and diligence to support the residents of Kamloops and our regional partners,” stated Dan Sutherland, the City’s Emergency Program Coordinator.
The Kamloops ESS team is seeking new volunteers to assist the team and their current efforts. Volunteer training has been scheduled to take place between August 7 and 14.
Volunteers will be working directly with evacuees to support their ESS registration and provide referrals to necessary supports.
Volunteers must be:
- comfortable working on computers
- comfortable speaking directly with evacuees over the phone
- able to complete the necessary ESS training
- able to obtain a Police Information and Vulnerable Sector Check
If you are interested in becoming an ESS volunteer, visit Kamloops.ca/ESS to complete the application form.
“We would like to take this opportunity to thank the 80 ESS volunteers and supporting partners who have been working hard every single day since June 29 to provide over 7000 hours of support so far,” said Rebecca Cooke, the City’s ESS Coordinator. “We couldn’t provide the level of support to evacuees without their dedication, kindness, and extensive knowledge. We are very proud of these volunteers, and we feel incredibly fortunate to have them on our team.”