Emergency Programs

The CRD works in conjunction with other agencies to provide information, support and oversight to ensure a coordinated response to regional emergencies. The CRD has a number of specific responsibilities for Emergency Management in the region including:

  • Acting as the Local Authority under the Emergency Program Act for the three rural Electoral Areas: Juan de Fuca, Salt Spring Island and the Southern Gulf Islands
  • Facilitating resource and information sharing among the local authorities emergency programs in the region through the Regional Emergency Management Partnership (REMP), Local Government Emergency Program Advisory Commission (LG EPAC), and the Regional Emergency Planning Advisory Commission (REPAC)
  • Working in conjunction with other CRD divisions to support emergency planning for key service such as water and solid waste
  • Maintaining a comprehensive Corporate Emergency Plan and Emergency Operations Centre (EOC)

Electoral Area Emergency Management

The CRD supports local community based emergency programs in each of the Electoral Areas, supported by hundreds of local, dedicated volunteers. These programs work with local first responders and resources to prepare for any emergency events.

These local community based programs develop strategic plans based on input from local stakeholders. These strategic plans provide direction and support to the program’s work plans and annual budget requests.

Southern Gulf Islands Emergency Program

The Southern Gulf Island Emergency Program (SGIEP) goal is to create and maintain a cooperative organization to manage risks from major emergencies and disasters that may affect the Southern Gulf Islands. It is a strong and vibrant organization consisting of over 600 volunteers, assisting the public in preparing for, responding to, and recovering from 18 identified hazards in our area.

SGIEP includes Island Community Coordination Centres, Emergency Support Services Reception Centres and Neighbourhood Preparedness Programs. Together with Disaster Communications and Search & Rescue, these services provide comprehensive support to the First Responding Agencies: RCMP, Fire Departments, BC Ambulance, Canadian Coast Guard, and Parks Canada.

Salt Spring Island Emergency Program

"Engaging our Community in Disaster Resilience"

The Salt Spring Island Emergency Program focuses on developing disaster resilience in the community and providing support for first responders. This program engages government, businesses, residents, and individual community groups and first responders to work together to build response plans and to further disaster preparedness within the community. Working closely with Search and Rescue, RCMP, BC Ambulance, Coast Guard, BC Hydro, BC Ferries, Vancouver Island Health Authority, North Salt Spring Water District, Amateur Radio Communications and Salt Spring Island Fire/Rescue to ensure that residents and visitors are aware of possible dangers on the island, including wildfires, earthquakes, tsunamis and severe weather events.

The program is primarily volunteer-based and provides services in:

  • POD (Neighbourhood Emergency Preparedness and Response Program) – An active program with over 50 PODs and over 325 leaders helping to promote a culture of “neighbours helping neighbours” in times of disaster
  • ESS (Emergency Support Services) – A team of volunteers trained to address the well-being of those evacuated in an emergency situation which may include providing up to 72 hours of support by assisting with providing food, shelter and other needs or setting up an Evacuation Reception Centre in a larger event
  • EOC (Emergency Operations Centre) – A team of volunteers trained to support the EOC.The EOC is responsible for assisting the community and First Responders in communication and coordination during an emergency

The Emergency program is always seeking new volunteers - if you are interested, please contact the emergency coordinator for more information.

Juan de Fuca Emergency Program

The Juan de Fuca Emergency Program is a volunteer based organization serving the communities of East Sooke, Otter Point, Shirley/Jordan River, Port Renfrew, Malahat and Willis Point. The program works closely to support the Electoral Area Fire Departments and Juan de Fuca Search and Rescue during an emergency. Volunteer opportunities include:

  • Emergency Support Services (ESS) - The ESS program provides short-term (72 hrs) assistance to residents who are forced to leave their homes because of fire, floods, earthquakes or other emergencies. This assistance includes food, lodging, clothing, emotional support and family reunification.
  • Communications - Emergency radio operators volunteer their services when needed to provide emergency communications services for remote areas or when vital links are down.
  • Neighbourhood Pod Program – Supports increasing awareness of interactions between your family, neighbourhood, district, region, provincial and federal levels of responsibility to better prepare and recovery from an emergency. Once your neighbourhood is prepared, you will be able to help each other in a real way to cope with emergency situations.

Please contact the Juan de Fuca Emergency Program Coordinator for more information on volunteering.

Municipal Emergency Services

Municipalities are responsible for provision of emergency services. Please choose a municipality link below for more information on emergency services programs in your area.

Central Saanich | Colwood | Esquimalt | Highlands | Langford | Metchosin | North Saanich | Oak Bay| Saanich | Sidney | Sooke | Victoria | View Royal

In case of an emergency dial 911

Emergency Program Coordinators

Juan de Fuca

Jeri Grant
Tel: 250.642.8105

Salt Spring Island

Charles Nash
Tel:  250.537.1220

Southern Gulf Islands

Brigitte Prochaska
Tel: 1.866.308.6160