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  2. Overview of ESS What is Emergency Social Services? • Emergency Social Services (ESS) is BC’s province-wide, community based, emergency response program • ESS are those services required to preserve the well-being of people affected by an emergency or disaster

  3. Overview of ESS What does ESS Do? ESS is an integral part of Emergency Management in BC by: • Helping people to remain independent and self-sufficient • Helping people to meet their basic needs during a disaster • Reuniting families separated by disaster • Providing people with accurate and up-to-date information about the situation at hand • Helping people to re-establish themselves as quickly as possible after a disaster

  4. ESS provides primary services such as: Overview of ESS Whatservices are provided? • clothing • food • lodging • family reunification(registration & inquiry) ESS may also provide specialized services such as: • emotional support • first aid • child care • pet care • public information • radio communications

  5. ESS volunteers and staff over 5,000 local volunteers and staff across BC ESS Support Organizations Provincial Emergency Program regional and provincial staff Every local authority in BC should have an ESS team The local ESS leader is the ESS Director The ESS Director reports to Emergency Program Coordinator Overview of ESS Who provides ESS?

  6. Overview of ESS Local Authority Level

  7. Overviewof ESS Who receives ESS ? • Citizens of British Columbia who have been displaced from their residence by a disaster or emergency • Response workers on assignment during a disaster or emergency • Travellers stranded as a result of a disaster

  8. ESS may be provided for incidents ranging from a single family house fire to calamities involving massevacuation When is ESS provided? Overviewof ESS • Examples of events in BC involving ESS include: • floods • urban fires • earthquakes • oil spills • blizzards • severe weather • landslides and avalanches • wildland urban interface fires

  9. ESS is typically available for 72 hours immediately following the start of an event During these first 72 hours, evacuees should immediately plan their next steps by contacting: insurance agents (if relevant) family and friends local non-profit agencies ESS may be extended, in exceptional circumstances, on a case-by-case basis Overview of ESS How long is ESS provided for?

  10. ESS teams assist evacuees at Reception Centres ESS teams may also provide: outreach services for shut-ins Group Lodging(shelter and food) to evacuees during a major event on-site services to response workers and others Level 1 ESS volunteers provide on-site services for small scale incidents (1-2 residences) Overview of ESS How is ESS provided?

  11. Identify facilities suitable for use as Reception Centres and for Group Lodging. Recruit and train volunteers Establish linkages with key local emergency responders and any disaster related non-government organizations Reach agreements with local businesses and services organizations Overviewof ESS Whatdo ESS teams do to prepare?

  12. Conclusion The successof ESS depends on the ongoing commitment of volunteers and other key stakeholders, and on the support of local, regional and provincial governments.

  13. Thank You!