Emergency Social Services
EMERGENCY SOCIAL SERVICES (ESS)
The Fraser Valley Regional District provides Emergency Social Services (ESS) as part of disaster preparedness, response and recovery. ESS is an emergency response program made up of dedicated volunteers with the common goal of assisting people in an emergency. When individuals or families are forced from their homes by fire, floods, earthquakes or other emergencies, the ESS volunteers offer support. These volunteers are trained to help supply those affected by an emergency event with food, lodging, clothing, emotional support, information about the crisis, and family reunification.
Volunteers must first go through a screening process which includes a Criminal Record Check. They are then mentored by their Area Coordinator and trained through courses offered by Emergency Management BC in conjunction with the Justice Institute of British Columbia. These courses are offered free of charge for the volunteers and range from how to correctly fill out required paper work right up to how to set up a reception centre or group lodging. Most courses can be done online however there is ample opportunity to network with other volunteers at courses hosted throughout the south coast.
Volunteering offers you an opportunity to help others when your help is needed. If you enjoy helping people, have good communications skills, work well with a team and enjoy a challenge then this may be the right fit for you.
Click on the PDF link below to apply to become an ESS Volunteer. Once you have completed the PDF form, please email it to email@example.com.