1.371 Emergency Program - SSI

As required under the Emergency Program Act, the CRD, as the local authority, provides an emergency management organization that develops and implements emergency plans and other preparedness, response and recovery measures for emergencies and disasters, for the Salt Spring Island Electoral Area. The plan coordinates Emergency Response Agencies in the electoral area and endeavors to inform Salt Spring Island residents and visitors of possible dangers on the island, including wildfires, earthquakes, tsunamis and severe weather events. The electoral area plan is integrated with the CRD organizational Emergency Management Plan and those of the other CRD Electoral Areas.

Authority

In 1992, the Board adopted Bylaw 2084 Salt Spring Island Emergency Programs Extended Service Bylaw No 1, 1992. In January 1993 the Province granted the CRD authority to provide Emergency Programs under the Emergency Program Act and in April 1994 the board replaced Bylaw 2084 with Bylaw No 2204, Salt Spring Island Emergency Program Extended Service Bylaw No 1, 1994. In March 2004, the Province, by regulation, granted to the CRD the same power that a municipality has as a local authority under the Emergency Program Act and later in 2004 the Province amended the Emergency Program Act to establish all regional districts as the Local Authority for their Electoral Areas. The service continues to be provided under CRD Bylaw No 2204 and the Emergency Program Act.

Administration

An Advisory Commission made up of the Electoral Area Director, and a maximum of 13 individuals and alternates, provides community input regarding the Electoral Area Emergency Program, assists the Emergency Coordinator, and participates in strategic planning, to ensure electoral area needs are met.

The Salt Spring Island Local Emergency Coordinator is responsible for the day to day operations of the service. This service is managed and operated by the CRD Planning and Protective Services Department.

Funding

The budget for this service is established through an annual CRD Financial Planning process, and is funded by an annual property value tax levied in the Salt Spring Island Electoral Area.