Emergency Social Services

Emergency Social Services

Emergency Social Services (ESS) help preserve the well-being of British Columbians during or immediately following an emergency.  The ESS program helps people affected by large emergencies, but may also assist during smaller emergencies such as house fires or disasters affecting a few members of a community.  When people are forced to evacuate their homes, the ESS program will often direct them to reception centres or group lodging facilities.

Volunteers are needed to staff various positions in different areas in a reception centre.  Some of these areas include: meet & greet, food services, transportation, information, translation services, front line assistance, security, first aid, family reunification, child care, pet care, recreation, emotional support, logistics and administrative support.

A Reception Centre is a facility or location that can be used for many different purposes, such as gathering during temporary displacement, information sharing, or a staging site for volunteer disaster relief workers.

As a volunteer with ESS we ask that you:

  • Be an advocate for emergency preparedness
  • Be personally prepared for an emergency
  • Assist in set-up and take down of Emergency Reception Centre
  • Perform duties as indicated through training or areas of interest
  • Ensure needs of evacuees are met
  • Complete and submit required paperwork
  • Perform assigned duties, as required


Introduction to Group Lodging

EMRG 1612: Learn about the basic functions of a group lodging facility during emergencies or disasters

EMRG 1613: Apply Group Lodging skills and practices in a mentored functional exercise and practice basic tasks by responding to a mock emergency.

These two courses are being offered in one day on May 26, 2018. 8:30 am - 4:30 pm. For further information or to register email admin@oliver.ca. Lunch and snacks will be provided.

Emergency Social Services Directors Course

Emergency Management BC is pleased to announce the Emergency Social Services Director (ESSD) course dates have been set for 19-21 June and 18-20 Sept in 2018. We are currently accepting applications for the 19-21 June course. Please find attached course information from the JIBC as well as the application form. The course has 24 spots on it, and candidates will be chosen based on experience, position on the team, pre-requisites complete and order in which applications are received. Candidates must ensure the authorization section is signed by an EPC or equivalent staff level. If approved for the course, student’s travel, food and accommodation are covered in addition to textbooks and course tuition. 

The due date for applications is 4 weeks from the course start – 19 May 2018. If you are selected to attend the course you will be contacted by the JIBC. Note that submitting an application does not guarantee a spot on the course. All unsuccessful applicants are invited to apply for the September course. Applications for the September course will be sent out a later date.

The ESSD course is the highest level of ESS training available and is reserved for those who are in, or are preparing for a leadership position with their team. 

Applicants must have obtained the following course prerequisites prior to attending the course (you can still apply, must have complete before the course date):

EMRG-1600 Introduction to Emergency Social Services (online)
EMRG-1610 Introduction to reception Centres (online)
EMRG-1615 Registration and Referrals

EMRG-1100 Introduction to Emergency Management (online)

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