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REVISED POLICY – DECLARING A STATE OF LOCAL EMERGENCY IN BRITISH COLUMBIA

EMBC has undertaken a comprehensive review of the document “Declaring a State of Local Emergency in British Columbia” and the revised guidelines are now posted to the web at EMBC Guidelines. The changes to the document include:

In addition to these changes, a new form has been developed for use in requesting a SOLE extension, and it is posted to the web at Emergency Operation Centre Forms and Templates. Print and Fax versions of the forms are available upon request.

Please take the time to become familiar with the revised material and call or email with your questions/comments.

Emergency Management BC

2.03 Support to LA when Declaring a SOLE EMBC PROCEDURES Jan 2019

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REVISED POLICY – DECLARING A STATE OF LOCAL EMERGENCY IN BRITISH COLUMBIA

EMBC has undertaken a comprehensive review of the document “Declaring a State of Local Emergency in British Columbia” and the revised guidelines are now posted to the web at EMBC Guidelines. The changes to the document include:

In addition to these changes, a new form has been developed for use in requesting a SOLE extension, and it is posted to the web at Emergency Operation Centre Forms and Templates. Print and Fax versions of the forms are available upon request.

Please take the time to become familiar with the revised material and call or email with your questions/comments.

Emergency Management BC

2.03 Support to LA when Declaring a SOLE EMBC PROCEDURES Jan 2019

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EMBC Policy Review

EMBC has undertaken a comprehensive review of policies 5.07 Workers’ Compensation Coverage and 5.08 Liability Coverage (5.07 was previously on the web as Injury, Disability and Accidental Death Coverage). They have been revised and are now posted to the web at EMBC Policies.

5.07 Workers’ Compensation Coverage

Fundamental changes have been made to this policy suite. All references to Injury, Disability, and Accidental Death Coverage have been removed as it is not correct. The Province provides workers’ compensation coverage for volunteers in BC, and the language in this revised policy accurately reflects that relationship. (Other policy suites that reference Injury, Disability, and Accidental Death Coverage will be updated and replaced in the upcoming weeks.)

Policy:

Procedures:

FAQs:

5.08 Liability Coverage

Minor changes for clarification have been made in all three documents:

Policy:

Procedures:

FAQs:

Please take the time to become familiar with the revised material and call or email with your questions/comments.

Brenda Scott
Regional Office Administrator, Vancouver Island Region

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EMBC Seeks Feedback on 2018 Freshet and Wildfire Season – On-Line Survey

We again experienced a very challenging series of landslide, flooding and wildfire impacts to our communities in 2018.  We continue to capture valuable lessons from the past two years and are working towards implementing changes that will collectively improve our ability to manage these incidents and to better provide communities with the support that they require.  This year we did not embark on the same extensive after action review process that was conducted in 2017 but have capitalized on seasonal workshops as a forum to collect input from communities.  The exception is the formal review process that is being conducted for the communities in the Northwest region who had the majority of wildfire impacts in 2018 and did not experience a major regional event in 2017.

We want to assure you that your voice is important and it is for that reason that we are fully supportive of community-led reviews and EMBC will continue to fund and participate in these activities as much as possible.  We also wish to remind communities that every interaction with a Regional Manager is an opportunity for feedback and input.  We want to hear your stories and your ideas.

As part of the review process, EMBC has developed an on-line survey that will assist in capturing your perspectives and we hope that you will take the time to add your voice.  The survey is currently live and will remain active until at least January 15th , 2019.  If you feel you may need more time please let our office know and we will look at extending the survey beyond this date.

We also want you to know that we are working on a number of improvements that we hope to have in place prior to the 2019 freshet and wildfire seasons.  As we progress this work we may be reaching out to communities for information, to contribute to the work or simply to review and comment on approaches that are developed.  It is important to us that the changes we make are meaningful and will result in better support to the communities that we serve.

Stan Bates | Executive Director, Operations

Emergency Management BC

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Inter Municipal Emergency Radio System (IMERS) Licensing Project

If you own/operate a radio on the Inter Municipal Emergency Radio System (IMERS) you are reminded that you must hold an Industry Canada license in addition to the letter of permission for access to the frequencies from Metro Vancouver. If you do not know if your agency holds a license please contact Industry Canada – Spectrum Management (604) 930-8691.

 Also for your reference, the most recent version of the IMERS Manual 2016 is attached.

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Winter 2018 Support Reminder

With the arrival of cooler and wetter winter weather the following information may be of some assistance to you. If you have any questions about these items, training or anything else EMBC related please reach out to your regional manager.

Power / Natural Gas Outages:

Should community residents approach your local emergency program for assistance during power / natural gas outages, here is a recommended protocol to follow:

  1. If the resident has an emergency medical need they should be advised to call 911 or their local emergency number for emergency medical help;
  2. If the resident has a medical concern that is not an emergency, they should be referred to Health Link BC:
  3. If the caller does not have a medical need but is seeking accommodation, they can be advised to:

Please do not refer these calls to EMBC’s 800 emergency lines as we would simply follow the same protocol and your direct assistance saves them an unnecessary step.

Reception / Warming Centres:

Note:

First Nation and Local Authority Response Costs: 

Response Claim Submissions must include: 

Response Claims will be reviewed by EMBC staff, claims that are found to be eligible will be processed for payment and the local authority will be notified via email.

Clarification:

As with any event if you are anticipating that your costs will be covered by the Province you should check in with the PREOC or the Regional Duty Manager if the PREOC is not activated.

If you have any questions don’t hesitate to call your Regional Manager.

Flood Support –  How to Access

Flood support can be obtained by sending in a resource request to an active PREOC or by contacting the EMBC Duty Regional Manager at 1-800-663-3456. EMBC staff will then work with you to determine what resource is best suited to assist you.

 Sand Bags

The following information is required when ordering sand bags:

  1. How many sandbags do you require?
    Note: Due to stockpile configuration some order amounts may be slightly increased to facilitate easier deliveries. Sandbags generally come in bundles of 1000 with 3 bundles per pallet. Try and make your order compatible with the above dimensions
  2. Complete address of where the order is to be delivered?
  3. Hours of operation for this delivery address?
  4. Contact information (name and phone number) for person who will be on hand to receive the order?
  5. Alternate contact information?
  6. Is there a forklift or pallet jack at the delivery address to off load the order?
    Note: Bundles and pallets of burlap bags are very heavy, pallets weigh approx. 1100 lbs, so manual unloading of the order is not recommended, we need to be able to inform the delivery company how the pallets will be getting off the truck, e.g. loading dock/ramp.

Order only the amount of sandbags that you believe will be needed to address the potential flooding in your jurisdiction.

The sandbags are deployed from the provincial stockpile and once the order is delivered, they become your responsibility to store and manage.