1.373 Emergency Program - SGI

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 Southern Gulf Island Electoral Area. The plan coordinates Emergency Response Agencies in the electoral area and endeavors to manage risks from major emergencies and disasters that may effect the Southern Gulf Island residents and visitors. The electoral area plan is integrated with the CRD organizational Emergency Management Plan and those of the other CRD Electoral Areas.

Authority

In January 1993, the Province granted the CRD authority to provide Emergency Programs under the Emergency Program Act and in November 1998 the board adopted Bylaw 2656 Southern Gulf Islands Emergency Program Extended Service Bylaw No 1, 1998. 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 Bylaw No 2656 and the Emergency Program Act.

Administration

An advisory commission made up of a maximum of 13 individuals who represent various sectors of the community, and the Electoral Area Director, provides input and advice respecting preparation for, response to, and recovery from Emergencies and Disasters and advice on various management and organizational guidelines as stipulated in the commission Bylaw.

The Southern Gulf Islands 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 Southern Gulf Islands Electoral Area.