The Village of Pemberton’s Emergency Program is responsible for the coordination of planning for, response to and recovery from major emergencies and disasters. The Village of Pemberton has a comprehensive Emergency Management Plan that outlines how a major emergency or disaster would be managed.
In the event of a major emergency or disaster, the Village of Pemberton staff are trained to activate an Emergency Operations Centre (EOC) – a central command facility where key staff members and other agencies gather to coordinate an emergency response. The EOC is designed to support an emergency event in a number of ways, such as providing public information, acquiring supplies, managing evacuations and coordinating agencies.
The Village of Pemberton Emergency Program maintains good relationships with local first response agencies (Pemberton Fire Rescue, BC Ambulance, RCMP and Pemberton Search and Rescue), Emergency Management British Columbia, other local governments and jurisdictions and community groups to develop and implement plans, and to ensure a coordinated response during an emergency or disaster.
Emergency Program Coordinator
The Village of Pemberton Emergency Program Coordinator is responsible for the coordination of emergency programs for the Village of Pemberton. This role involves maintaining good relationships with external agencies and members of the community, providing a platform for emergency preparedness education, developing and maintaining plans relating to preparedness, response and recovery, maintenance of the Emergency Operations Centre location and equipment, supporting Emergency Social Services, and coordinating training and exercises where necessary.
Emergency Social Services
The Village of Pemberton Emergency Program, in partnership with the Canadian Red Cross, runs and maintains the Emergency Social Services program. The program is made up of a number of local volunteers and has the capability to respond to small and large scale emergencies – from house fires, to floods. In a small event that may only affect one family, Emergency Social Services volunteers can provide resources and advice on moving forward to those in need. In a large scale emergency or disaster, Emergency Social Services Volunteers may open up a Reception Centre, which allows them to provide aid to a larger number of persons in need.
The Canadian Red Cross and Pemberton Emergency Social Services is always looking for volunteers. Being a volunteer with the Canadian Red Cross offers many exciting training opportunities, as well as the chance to make a difference in your community.
For more information about Pemberton Emergency Social Services or to apply to become a Canadian Red Cross Volunteer please contact the Village of Pemberton at 604.894.6135.