Emergency Management Program

The Emergency Management Program plans for the response and recovery from emergencies and disasters in order to help to protect the health and safety of Bowen Island residents. 

Preparedness begins at home! Are you prepared? Visit GetPrepared.gc.ca or PreparedBC for more information and resources.

You can also download a PDF of Emergency Contact Info Cards for your Household Emergency Plan

Upcoming Events

June 10th, 2017: Look for us at the Fire Hall Open House! 

June 17th, 2017: Emergency Social Services Reception Centre Training. Visit the ESS page for more information. 


In March of 2017, Council passed “Bowen Island Municipality Emergency Program Regulatory Bylaw No.428, 2016,” which established an emergency program within the Municipality.  This by law outlines the responsibilities of council, the Emergency Program Committees, the Emergency Program Coordinator, and establishes response guidelines. To view the by law, click here.

The Emergency Management Program includes the following core volunteer programs: 

Emergency Social Services

Emergency Social Services (ESS) provides short term assistance to British Columbians who are forced to leave their homes because of fire, floods, earthquakes or other emergencies. Assistance may include food, lodging, clothing, emotional support and family reunification services. ESS may also provide specialized services such as first aid, child minding, pet care and transportation.

Typically a reception center would be set up as a central base for evacuees. This could be a school gym, church or any other large building in the community that would be a safe place for people to gather.  ESS is available for 72 hours. During the first 72 hours, evacuees should immediately plan their next steps by contacting their insurance agents, families, or local non-profit agencies.

ESS is based on volunteerism and is dependent on the willingness of individuals in the community to help plan for the wellbeing of their neighbors in the event of a disaster. Although ESS is designed to provide services to individuals affected by large complex disasters or emergencies, ESS may also be provided during smaller emergencies; for example a single house fire or emergencies affecting 1 or 2 families in a community. To volunteer, please complete and return a volunteer form

For more information,  please visit the ESS webpage.

Download a PDF of Emergency Contact Info Cards for your Household Emergency Plan

Bowen Amateur Radio Service (BEARS) 

The BEARS are qualified volunteers, with their own communications equipment and tools, committed to responding in times of need to facilitate and provide communications when and as needed. For more information or to volunteer, please contact Bruce Steele

Neighborhood Emergency Response People (NERPS)

Depending on the incident, you and your household could be on your own for several days while first responders manage the aftermath. When disaster strikes, the most immediate help may come from those around you: building relationships with them today will mean a better response and faster recovery. 

For more information on the NERPS program, visit the Province of BC's Neighbourhood Preparedness Program webpage. 

For information on the NERPS in your neighbourhood or to get involved, please contact one of the NERPs Directors, Denise Richard or Robyn Fenton, or the Emergency Program Coordinator

Bowen Public Automated External Defibrillator (AED) Map

The Rotary Club of Bowen Island has worked hard to ensure that AEDs are accessible to the public across the island. To view the latest version of Bowen's AED Map, click here

You can also visit the BC Public Access to Defibrillation page for more information, and a list of AED locations across BC. 

Emergency Management Reference Documents


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