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Welcome to ESS

Emergency Social Services (ESS) provides short-term assistance to British Columbians 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.

In British Columbia (BC), local authorities are responsible for planning and operating emergency responses within their jurisdictional areas, including Emergency Social Services (ESS).

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Vision Statement
The Emergency Social Services Office envisions a province where all communities have the capacity to effectively respond to the basic short-term needs of British Columbians affected by an emergency or disaster.

Annual ESS Training Schedule for April 1/15 - June 30/15 Updated document
June 2014 New document
Instructional Techniques - Basic Training Guidelines
December 2012 New document
Documentation Unit Supervisor's Guide
March 21, 2012
ESS Field Guide
Revised December 2010
ESS Group Lodging Operational Guidelines
Revised January 2010
Photos from Disasters in BC

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