You Are Not Alone in an Emergency
Emergency Support Services (ESS) are provided on a short-term basis (generally up to 72 hours) to preserve the emotional and physical well-being of evacuees and response workers in emergency situations.
ESS often depends on volunteers
to plan and provide services, including:
- Identifying locations for Reception Centres and Group Lodging;
- Recruiting and training other volunteers;
- Working with local businesses, service organizations and government agencies;
- Housing and feeding people forced from their homes;
- Connecting people forced from their homes with needed services; and
- Supporting other emergency responders.
Each year about 5,000 British Columbians volunteer
as emergency support service workers.