Emergency Management Program
** Come find out what we’re all about - Join our next Emergency Social Services meeting Wednesday, April 12th at 7pm at Satellite Firehall #2. **
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.
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.
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 at VE7BGA@gmail.com
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.
This program is currently under review - stay tuned! In the meantime, check out the Province of BC's Neighbourhood Preparedness Program.