Emergency Support Services is based on volunteerism and is dependent on the willingness of individuals in the community to help plan for the well-being of their neighbours and fellow citizens in the event of a disaster.
ESS volunteers assist their communities in many ways, including:
- linkage to first responders agencies
- informing local businesses of the program
- identifying potential reception centres and group lodging sites
- recruiting and training more volunteers
- completing contact lists and exercising their plan
- informing the public of help available following a disaster
- providing for the essential needs of people affected by a disaster
Making a difference as part of a team that provides assistance and a shoulder to lean on when disaster forces people from their homes.
Volunteers gain valuable experience and contacts in the field of emergency management. Volunteer training is provided free of charge through the Justice Institute of BC and support organizations. Training modules include reception centre operations, family reunification, group lodging and more.
Volunteers form the backbone of ESS and are recognized by local government as part of a network of emergency responders.
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
To apply to be an ESS volunteer please fill out the online application: