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What do ESS volunteers do?

Emergency Social Services is based on volunteerism, and is dependent on the willingness of individuals in the community to help plan for the well-being of their neighbours and fellow citizens in the event of a disaster.

Volunteer exercise

Volunteer Exercise

ESS volunteers assist their communities in many ways, including:

  • Linkage to first responders agencies
  • Informing local businesses of the program
  • Identifying potential Reception Centres and Group Lodging sites
  • Recruiting and training more volunteers
  • Completing contact lists and exercising their plan
  • Informing the public of help available following a disaster
  • Providing for the essential needs of people affected by a disaster


How to become an ESS volunteer?

Becoming a volunteer

Becoming A Volunteer

Your local authority is responsible for developing a plan for provision of Emergency Social Services in the event of a disaster. To offer your services as an ESS volunteer, contact your municipal or regional district office and ask to be put in contact with the ESS Director or the Emergency Program Coordinator for your community.

If there is no one currently filling either of these roles, you may wish to consult with either your regional EMBC Office or the ESS Office for suggestions and support in establishing an ESS team in your community.


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