ESS in Kaslo and Area D

Various posts in 2016 will be dedicated to sharing information on who all the people are that are locally involved with Emergency response in Kaslo and Area D, as well as within our region.

As this is a culture of people helping people, often a team (ESS, SAR, etc) from one area, when requested,will go outside their area to help otherswith emergency response challenges. Happily, that does not often happen here, though at times during wildfire season crews from across the province and country have and will respond to help us - and our wildfire crews will do the same.

We currently have great teams (fire, search and rescue, ess..) with a good number of members in each in our area; how lucky are we?!.

It isnt always that way, as people move away, or due to other circumstances can't continue volunteering or spend the time needed to do the required training and education in order to effectively respond when an event happens.

This first post is regarding your local Emergency Social Services team. (No, they dont provide "social services" in the sense of government issued cheques each month.). Some ESS teams across the province call themselves "Emergency Support Services" now, which more closely reflects what they doin an emergency.  An ESS team are trained and ready to provide food, clothing and shelter if needed for up to 72 hours after a disaster or emergency which includes evacuation of people.

Currently, our team consists of volunteers from across Area D and Kaslo and totals 13.  Our office is located upstairs at the Emergency Services Centre behind the arena. (aka, the Fire Hall). To contact the ESS for Kaslo and Area D:  kasloandaread@gmail.comor call 366 4325.

The "Who Responds?" page (located under the drop down, "ABOUT" tab at the top right of this page) gives a broader indication of who does what , in our area in all the various aspects of emergency response.

Please see below for more ESS related info.

Happy (and safe) New Year to you all.!




Emergency Social Services

Emergency Social Services (ESS) is a volunteer-based, community emergency response program that provides for the short-term needs of evacuees and response workers in the event of a disaster or emergency. Generally, these short-term (up to 72 hours) services are required to preserve the emotional and physical well-being of evacuees and are typically provided in a Reception Centre.

Role of ESS in a Disaster

British Columbia’s ESS teams play an important role in community and regional disaster and emergency response by:

  • helping people remain independent and self-sufficient;
  • helping people meet their basic survival needs during a disaster;
  • reuniting family members separated by a disaster;
  • providing people with accurate and up-to-date information about the situation at hand;
  • helping people re-establish themselves as quickly as possible after a disaster; and
  • helping communities and regions through the recovery process.

ESS teams in the Kaslo and Area D (of RDCK) work with local residents, agencies and businesses to prepare for disasters (both small- and large-scale) and provide essential needs of people affected by those disasters. Volunteers are the heart of the RDCK Emergency Program success. By volunteering, ESS teams have the opportunity to give back to the community during a disaster response by assisting evacuees.

ESS Reception Centres

When people are forced to evacuate their homes temporarily or their homes are destroyed, they may require assistance with essential services to maintain life and health. A Reception Centre is opened and operated by trained ESS volunteers in order to provide a safe place where evacuees from an affected area can gather to register, get information and receive assistance.

Prior to any Reception Centre opening to the public, ESS volunteers will undertake an evaluation of the building to ensure it can be safely occupied and used as intended. If the building cannot be used, an alternate location will be determined and this information will be posted at the Reception Centre and through the media including this blogsite, the RDCK website, and on facebook under: Kaslo and Area D Emergency Preparedness.

Currently there are identified venues (and back up sites) in both Kaslo and Area D that would be used as reception centres if required. We also have warming centres and group lodging sites identified if needed.