1.380 Emergency - Regional Emergency Coordinators Advisory Commission
The responsibility of the commission is to:
- Support a common format for emergency plans to ensure a consistent approach to disaster response, mitigation and recovery
- Discuss best practices adaptable throughout the region to benefit emergency management
- Support, promote and recognize communications protocols and networks that ensure the public is suitable and promptly informed in the event of an area wide emergency event
- Develop and implement initiatives that increase public knowledge of the importance of emergency management
- Support a CRD wide inventory of resources and equipment available from both the private sector and the public sector that can be available for emergency management
- Carry out coordination or advisory function as the Regional Board sees fit.
In 1999, Local Government emergency preparedness was increasing in priority. The CRD Board wished to increase intermunicipal communication and cooperation for emergency response within the region and in November 1999 adopted Bylaw No 2744 Regional Emergency Coordinators Commission Bylaw No 1, 1999. In 2008, Bylaw No 2744 was repealed and replaced with Bylaw No 3566 Regional Emergency Coordinators Advisory Commission Bylaw No 1, 2008.
The Commission membership includes representation from government, industry, utility, education, health care and NGO's. The RECAC meets quarterly to look at the ‘big picture’ and discuss how each of our organizations has a role during a disaster, and how those roles can best work together. The CRD Planning, Transportation and Protective Services Department provides administrative support to the Commission.
Each commissioner is supported by the organization they represent.