CRD Adopts a Coordinated Regional Service for Emergency Program Support

May 14, 2008

Victoria, BC - The Capital Regional District (CRD) Board has voted to establish a Regional Service for Emergency Program Support in collaboration with each of its 13 member municipalities and three electoral areas. This model creates a centralized system for information co-ordination and resource management, with all the basic tools needed to build a strong regional response in the event of a widespread disaster.

“This is an important step forward in increasing communication and cooperation among local government emergency programs that will assist in strengthening our capacity to respond to a multi-jurisdictional emergency event”, said Board Chair Denise Blackwell. “Recent tragedies in Myanmar and China remind us that disasters are real and could happen anywhere. These sad events highlight that emergency planning programs are extremely important. I am glad that by implementing this new service, the CRD is taking a proactive role in protecting our residents.”

The program’s responsibilities will include:

  • Development of consistent protocols for communication
  • Co-ordination of events, training and exercises
  • Establishment of a Local Government Emergency Programs Advisory Commission
  • Creation of a regional emergency resource library with updated annual plans from municipalities
  • Regular reporting to local councils and the CRD Board on coordinated response measures

The CRD would like to thank the Province through the Ministry of Public Safety and Solicitor General for their support in developing this regional initiative.

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For further information please contact:
Sheila Taylor
Manager, Community Relations
250.360.3308