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The Emergency Management BC's (EMBC) ESS Office provides provincial level support for local authorities who are responsible for planning, and responding to, emergencies and disasters where short-term emergency social services are required.

The ESS Office works alongside other provincial ministries and non-government organizations, to coordinate provicial level resources in support of the delivery of ESS across British Columbia by local authorities.

EMBC and the ESS Office support local authorities by:

  • coordinating the ESS training program;
  • developing provincial policies and procedures;
  • providing a framework, including guidelines, standards and best practices, for use by local authorities and the ESS training program;
  • develop and maintain relationships with ESS Support Organizations;
  • the processing of invoices for lodging, food, clothing and other necessary expenses administered by community ESS teams during an emergency;
  • providing provincial support during a major disaster; and
  • negotiating federal and provincial ESS mutual aid in the event of a catastrophic disaster.


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