The Regional Emergency Management Partnership (REMP) is an inter-governmental partnership between the Province of British Columbia and the Capital Regional District (CRD) on behalf of its 13 member municipalities and three electoral areas. REMP was established through a Memorandum of Understanding signed on March 15, 2016 between the CRD Board Chair and the Minister for Emergency Preparedness.

The purpose of this partnership is to enhance regional emergency management planning activities within the geographical area of the Capital region. REMP works with all levels of government and stakeholders to coordinate regional emergency management planning.

On February 13, 2023, the REMP Steering Committee ratified the REMP Strategic Plan, 2023-2027, which outlines three priority areas of focus which include:

  1. Strengthen knowledge of regional hazards, risks and vulnerabilities.
  2. Strengthen coordinated and integrated regional emergency management planning.
  3. Strengthen the effectiveness and reach of the partnership.

The 2023-2027 Strategic Plan includes five new guiding principles:

  1. Disaster risk reduction approach: REMP takes a proactive and multi-sectoral approach to reducing the risk of disasters by bringing partners and communities together to identify, assess, and address/prevent exposure to hazards, reduce vulnerabilities to disasters, and build community capacity.
  2. Planning as a process: REMP undertakes planning with the view it is a process of continuous improvement and not an end-product. REMP will draw on its collective strengths and capabilities to absorb the impact of a disruption, to reorganize, change, learn, share, and adapt our work.
  3. Shared accountability: We rely on the participating agencies to implement regional solutions at an organizational level. REMP encourages ownership and respects the autonomy of communities.
  4. Increased connectedness: REMP supports increased connectedness through activities that create and strengthen relationships between partners that enhance resilience.
  5. Evidence and experience-based decision making: REMP uses a risk-informed, systems-based approach in project management planning and decision-making that considers global good practices, and local and Indigenous knowledge in disaster risk reduction.

The REMP regional role includes the following:

  • Facilitate multi-sector cooperation and communication between organizations involved in all phases of emergency management.
  • Provides project management for multi-jurisdictional emergency management planning initiatives 
  • REMP provides emergency preparedness information through Prepare Yourself, as well as through the Capital Regional Tsunami Information Portal.
  • Member municipalities within the CRD are responsible for developing and implementing emergency management plans, including preparation for, response to, and recovery from emergencies and disasters as outlined in the Emergency Program Act or jointly through municipal bylaws and other agreements.